Name: The Wolf Of Wall Street
Running Time (minutes): 180
Description: In The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Crime
I loved the fucking Wolf of goddamn Wall Street. Bloody freaking amazing, though I’d have preferred it to end with the scene where the schnook considers to leave the company. The current cocksucking ending is motherfucking anti-climactic.
I just loved the cursing and the drug scene with the car/phone chord/house with the children’s program in the background, and ‘schnook’ is such a great Yiddish word, especially when DiCaprio shouts it.
Name: The English Teacher
Running Time (minutes): 93
Description: Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda’s simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can’t stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play – a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work – as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl …
Stars: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Mostly liked Julianne Moore and the story, but especially Nathan Lane was great. The score was all right, except for a really awkward electronic instrument.
Name: Oz The Great And Powerful
Running Time (minutes): 130
Description: Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches.
Stars: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
James Franco was good as Oscar Digs. Mila Kunis as Theodora was truly terrible. She overacted her part so much it made me cringe. It seemed as though Michelle Williams could have been so much more if the script had allowed her to be interesting. Funny supporting cast too.
The score was interesting and had some excellent (romantic) cues, but I felt that Elfman was focusing too much on the ‘oh my God, what a strange world!’ aspect, as he always does.
Name: Now You See Me
Running Time (minutes): 115
Description: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horseman, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Vargas of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see.
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg Common, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Great, except for the ‘The Eye’ part. The score was unremarkable. Morgan Freeman has to be freed!
Name: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Running Time (minutes): 141
Description: Nelson Mandela is a South African lawyer who joins the African National Congress in the 1940s when the law under the Apartheid system’s brutal tyranny proves useless for his people. Forced to abandon peaceful protest for armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela pays the price when he and his comrades are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason while his wife, Winnie, is abused by the authorities herself. Over the decades in chains, Mandela’s spirit is unbowed as his struggle goes on in and beyond his captivity to become an international cause. However, as Winnie’s determination hardens over the years into a violent ruthlessness, Nelson’s own stature rises until he becomes the renowned leader of his movement. That status would be put to the test as his release nears and a way must be found to win a peaceful victory that will leave his country, and all its peoples, unstained.
Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
Very moving and a rather good score.
Name: Man Of Steel
Running Time (minutes): 143
Description: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Why do I even have the end credits playing as I’m writing this? The movie is rather boring and has severe pacing issues. Glad that stupid battle is finally over.
And the score… So are these two notes meant to replace the John Williams fanfare? Really? This is pathetic. Never heard such uninspiring and counterintuitive music for flying sequences either. There are some good moments, but overall, it’s a total disaster. I’m so tired of that sound! Always the same stupid string ostinatos, French horns and thumping basses. Just stop it.
Running Time (minutes): 100
Description: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Note to self: Stop watching horror movies, you clearly dislike the genre!
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: Theodore is a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he’s not working as a letter writer, his down time is spent playing video games and occasionally hanging out with friends. He decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system, “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” the ad states. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his OS1. As they start spending time together they grow closer and closer and eventually find themselves in love. Having fallen in love with his OS, Theodore finds himself dealing with feelings of both great joy and doubt. As an OS, Samantha has powerful intelligence that she uses to help Theodore in ways others hadn’t, but how does she help him deal with his inner conflict of being in love with an OS?
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Scarlett Johansson really is great and a lovely voice she has too. I want her to be my personal assistant! I was a bit of an emotional mess afterwards because the story made such an impression. The score is functional at best, but Alan Silvestri or Patrick Doyle could have done a WAY better job, though this minimalistic approach did what it had to do.
Running Time (minutes): 109
Description: In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Not bad… But the ending is totally ridiculous, as if they couldn’t get Max to that medbay… And I hate Jodie Foster. Is Silence of the Lambs the only film where she doesn’t play a bitch?
Interesting score though, a blend of Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer/Remote Control Productions and… something else.
Name: The Invisible Woman
Running Time (minutes): 111
Description: In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen has his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles’ emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable.
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas
Genres: Biography, Drama, Romance
Fairly good. Really liked Joanna Scanlan’s performance and finally got interested in Charles Dickens. Score was functional, but just a piano and a string quartet isn’t really my thing.