Foxcatcher (2014)

A critically acclaimed film which offers pure
drama (without a background score) it relies on a simple yet effective
technique of building tension and strain.

The 3 principal cast members have displayed a layered
brilliance in their performances and have been nominated for, and won some
awards as well. Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum sport altered
physical features and body language. The lingering silences and soft hushed
tones make for many awkward moments.

Director Bennett Miller has captured the film with sweeping
cinematography, which creates a metaphorical imagery. It is very technically
sound in its approach and is a distinct runner for the awards, and audiences.

3/5

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The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie: A satire on popular culture, super heroes and classic tales, this super rich animation will dazzle you with its detail and very fine story telling. Our most beloved lego toy is transformed into an intricate world with a very ‘sticky’ problem. How the characters (who have superb voice over) navigate through their predicament, is unique and entertaining.

Kids may enjoy the visuals, but the underlying philosophy and the way it is communicated may not be straight forward for them to digest or decode. Either way, it’s a treat for children and adults, with the multi-talented voices of Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Channing Tatum, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Liam Neeson.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) present a superior quality of grown up humour combined with intelligent animation.

You are in for a laughter fix.

3.5/5

This is the end (2013)

The biblical apocalypse is upon actors who are playing themselves at a party in Beverly Hills. What ensues is a mix of silly, funny and downright outrageous.

James Franco is playing host to Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna and many others. It seems like a frat party, which has predictable wild moments. The bizarre events that follow are fun to watch because of the presumed real life personalities and their reactions.

Survival, egos, conflicting opinions, there is a clear build up to a hilarious climax, making it a fun home or flight watch.

2.5/5

White House Down (2013)

No stranger to blowing up the White House, Director Roland Emmerich (Independance Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, amongst other big budget destruction films) has shown us a very ‘real inside drama’ of what could happen if the President was not attacked by outside terrorists.

The motive here is kept hidden until the end, but what you get to see is a President who is not used to violence and a policeman who seizes the moment by protecting him. The film is predictable and a little clichéd, but the ‘protocol’ is fun to watch as it unfolds. Channing Tatum does a fair job in a film that belongs to a big cast and Jamie Foxx is on the border of being a stereo typical leader but gets away by giving the character his individual streak.

In the string of White House movies, this is the most chilled out one to watch as patriotism, Bollywood style drama and Soap Opera style whodunit unfold amongst good quality special effects.

2.5/5