Monthly Archives: May 2014

We Are the Best!

We Are the Best! Movie Review

UNRATED, 102 m., 2013

Mira Barkhammar (Bobo), Mira Grosin (Klara), Liv LeMoyne (Hedvig), Johan Liljemark (Kenneth), Mattias Wiberg (Roger), Jonathan Salomonsson (Elis), Alvin Strollo (Mackan), Anna Rydgren (Bobos mamma), Peter Eriksson (Bobos pappa). Directed by Lukas Moodysson and produced by Lars Jönsson. Screenplay by Moodysson (in Swedish), based on a story by Coco Moodysson.

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Night Moves

Night Moves Movie Review

R, 112 m., 2013

Jesse Eisenberg (Josh), Dakota Fanning (Dena), Peter Sarsgaard (Harmon), Alia Shawkat (Surprise), Logan Miller (Dylan), Katherine Waterston (Anne), James Le Gros (Feed Factory Clerk). Directed by Kelly Reichardt and produced by Saemi Kim, Neil Kopp, Chris Maybach, Anish Savjani, Rodrigo Teixeira. Screenplay by Jonathan Raymond (as Jon Raymond) & Reichardt.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West Movie Review

R, 116 m., 2014

Seth MacFarlane (Albert), Charlize Theron (Anna), Amanda Seyfried (Louise), Liam Neeson (Clinch), Giovanni Ribisi (Edward), Neil Patrick Harris (Foy), Sarah Silverman (Ruth), Wes Studi (Cochise), Evan Jones (Lewis). Directed by Seth MacFarlane and produced by Jason Clark, MacFarlane, and Scott Stuber. Screenplay by MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild.

From the big, expansive shots of Monument Valley, home to so many classic Westerns by John Ford, to the rousing opening score and the larger-than-life titles with a golden, sunburned hue, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West seems to be setting us up for a non-ironical take on the old-fashioned American genre. MacFarlane being MacFarlane, however, this cannot last. Of course, this will be a Blazing Saddles-esque attempt at skewering the genre MacFarlane seems bent on recreating.

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Maleficent

Maleficent Movie Review

PG, 97 m., 2014

Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Elle Fanning (Aurora), Juno Temple (Thistletwit), Sharlto Copley (Stefan), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Sam Riley (Diaval), Jamie Sives (Shepherd (uncredited)), Lesley Manville (Flittle)Directed by Robert Stromberg and produced by Joe Roth. Screenplay by Linda Woolverton.

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Filth

Filth Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2013

James McAvoy (Bruce), Jamie Bell (Lennox), Eddie Marsan (Bladesey), Imogen Poots (Drummond), Brian McCardie (Gillman), Emun Elliott (Inglis), Joanne Froggatt (Mary), Jim Broadbent (Dr. Rossi), Kate Dickie (Chrissie), Shirley Henderson (Bunty), Martin Compston (Gorman), Iain De Caestecker (Ocky). Directed by Jon S. Baird and produced by Mark Amin, Christian Angermayer, Baird, Will Clarke, Stephen Mao, Ken Marshall, James McAvoy, Jens Meurer, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler. Screenplay by Baird, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.

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Chef

Chef Movie Review

R, 114 m., 2014

Jon Favreau (Carl Casper), John Leguizamo (Martin), Bobby Cannavale (Tony), Emjay Anthony (Percy), Scarlett Johansson (Molly), Dustin Hoffman (Riva), Sofía Vergara (Inez), Oliver Platt (Ramsey Michel), Amy Sedaris (Jen), Robert Downey Jr. (Marvin). Directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Sergei Bespalov, Favreau, and Karen Gilchrist. Screenplay by Favreau.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review

PG_13, 131 m., 2014

Patrick Stewart (Professor X), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank / Beast), Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby / Iceman), Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask), Halle Berry (Storm), Booboo Stewart (Warpath), Bingbing Fan (Blink), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Omar Sy (Bishop), Evan Peters (Peter / Quicksilver), Lucas Till (Havok). Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Singer. Screenplay by Kinberg, based on a story by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn.

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The Railway Man

The Railway Man Movie Review

R116 m., 2013

Colin Firth (Eric), Nicole Kidman (Patti), Stellan Skarsgård (Finlay), Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric), Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase), Sam Reid (Young Finlay). Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and produced by Chris Brown, Bill Curbishley, Andy Paterson. Screenplay by Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book by Eric Lomax.

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The Immigrant

The Immigrant Movie Review

R, 120 m., 2013

Marion Cotillard (Ewa Cybulska), Joaquin Phoenix (Bruno Weiss), Jeremy Renner (Orlando the Magician / Emil), Dagmara Dominczyk (Belva). Directed by James Gray and produced by Gray, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Christopher Woodrow. Screenplay by Gray & Ric Menello (as Richard Menello).

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Cold in July

Cold in July Movie Review

R, 109 m., 2014

Michael C. Hall (Richard Dane), Don Johnson (Jim Bob), Sam Shepard (Russel), Vinessa Shaw (Ann Dane), Nick Damici (Ray Price), Wyatt Russell (Freddy). Directed by Jim Mickle and produced by Adam Folk, Linda Moran, Marie Savare. Screenplay by Nick Damici and Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale.

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Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm Movie Review

PG, 124 m., 2014

Jon Hamm (JB), Pitobash (Amit (Deepesh Solanki)), Suraj Sharma (Rinku), Madhur Mittal (Dinesh), Aasif Mandvi (Aash), Bill Paxton (Tom House), Lake Bell (Brenda), Alan Arkin (Ray). Directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Joe Roth. Screenplay by Thomas McCarthy.

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Godzilla

Godzilla Movie Review

PG_13, 123 m., 2014

Bryan Cranston (Joe Brody), Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody), Juliette Binoche (Sandra Brody), Sally Hawkins (Vivienne Graham), David Strathairn (Admiral William Stenz), Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Victor Rasuk (Sergeant Tre Morales), Brian Markinson (Whelan), Al Sapienza (Huddleston), Patrick Sabongui (Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz), Yuki Morita (Akio’s Mother). Directed by Gareth Edwards and produced by Bob Ducsay, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, and Thomas Tull. Screenplay by Max Borenstein, based on a story by Dave Callaham (as David Callaham).

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto Movie Review

R, 100 m., 2013

Emma Roberts (April), James Franco (Mr. B), Val Kilmer (Stewart), Colleen Camp (Sally Grossman), Jack Kilmer (Teddy), Keegan Allen (College Boy #1), Nat Wolff (Fred). Directed by Gia Coppola and produced by Vince Jolivette, Miles Levy, Sebastian Pardo, and Adriana Rotaru. Screenplay by Coppola, based on a story by James Franco.

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Neighbors

Neighbors Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2014

Seth Rogen (Mac Radner), Rose Byrne (Kelly Radner), Zac Efron (Teddy Sanders), Dave Franco (Pete), Ike Barinholtz (Jimmy), Halston Sage (Brooke), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Scoonie), Lisa Kudrow (Dean Carol Gladstone), Hannibal Buress (Officer Watkins), Jason Mantzoukas (Doctor Theodorakis). Directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, and James Weaver. Screenplay by Andrew J. Cohen (as Andrew Jay Cohen) & Brendan O’Brien.

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God’s Pocket

God's Pocket Movie Review

R, 88 m., 2014

Christina Hendricks (Jeanie Scarpato), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Mickey Scarpato), Eddie Marsan (Smilin’ Jack Moran), Richard Jenkins (Richard Shellburn), John Turturro (Arthur ‘Bird’ Capezio), Caleb Landry Jones (Leon Hubbard), Eddie McGee (Petey Kearns), Lenny Venito (Little Eddie), Sophia Takal (Temple Graduate), Peter Gerety (McKenna). Directed by John Slattery and produced by Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Slattery, Emily Ziff. Screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, based on a novel by Peter Dexter.

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The Double

The Double Movie Review

R, 93 m., 2013

Jesse Eisenberg (Simon / James), Mia Wasikowska (Hannah), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Papadopoulos), Noah Taylor (Harris), Rade Serbedzija (Frightening Old Man), Yasmin Paige (Melanie Papadopoulos), James Fox (The Colonel), Nathalie Cox (Jack’s Wife), Phyllis Somerville (Simon’s Mother), Sally Hawkins (Receptionist at Ball). Directed by Richard Ayoade and produced by Amina Dasmal and Robin C. Fox. Screenplay by Ayoade and Avi Korine, based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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Belle

Belle Movie Review

PG, 104 m., 2013

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Dido Elizabeth Belle), Tom Wilkinson (Lord Mansfield), Miranda Richardson (Lady Ashford), Sarah Gadon (Elizabeth Murray), Sam Reid (John Davinier), Matthew Goode (Captain Sir John Lindsay), Emily Watson (Lady Mansfield), Tom Felton (James Ashford), Penelope Wilton (Lady Mary Murray). Directed by Amma Asante and produced by Damian Jones. Screenplay by Misan Sagay.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

PG_13, 142 m., 2014

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man / Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Electro / Max Dillon), Dane DeHaan (Green Goblin / Harry Osborn), Colm Feore (Donald Menken), Felicity Jones (Felicia), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich), Sally Field (Aunt May), Marton Csokas (Dr. Ashley Kafka), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Denis Leary (Captain Stacy (uncredited)), B.J. Novak (Alistair Smythe). Directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, based on a screen story by Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, and on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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