The Monuments Men (2014)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ George Clooney produces, writes, directs and stars in this film, based on a true story, about a band of likeable brothers who storm Europe in order to salvage works of art from the nefarious grasp of the Nazis. The end of World War II is nigh but Frank Stokes (Clooney)…

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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ James Wan’sย Insidious (2011) was a fun film that winked at and thrived on established ghost story tropes. However, this second chapter is a clumsily executed back flip. Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) still believes that the entity which tried to kidnap her son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is still at large. Her…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The second installment ofย The Hunger Gamesย series (three books and four films) is a riveting dystopian thriller that leaves other, bigger blockbusters released in 2013 in the dust. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is back in District 12 after having won the previous year’s edition of The Hunger Games. But as her…

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Gravity (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Alfonsoย Cuarรณn’s space drama is a work of undisputed technical virtuosity, a tense thriller that is fearless in presenting an emaciated plot. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first space mission aboard the shuttle Explorer. Together with wisecracking, country & western loving astronaut Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney), she is…

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Captain Phillips (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Director Paul Greengrass‘s shaky-cam take on this tale of modern day piracy is more preoccupied with conflicting realities than it is with good guys and bad guys. Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is in charge of the MV Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship headed towards Mombasa. As it sails through the…

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This is the End (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This is the End is definitely one of the funniest and funnest films to grace the silver screen this year. Jay Baruchel pops over to his friend Seth Rogen‘s for a bit of catching up. They spend the afternoon eating, bonging and gaming, after which Seth mentions that James Franco…

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The Iceman (2012)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always a pleasure to go to the cinema with no expectations whatsoever and come across a gem such as Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman. The title refers to Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a disturbed man who finds it difficult to express emotions. Nonetheless he is charming (and persistent) enough to…

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