Film Reviews

Review: Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6

Rating

Director
Don Hall, Chris Williams
Screenplay
Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird (Comics: Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle)
Length
102 min.
Starring
Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Cheung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph
MPAA Rating
PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements
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Review: Fury (2014)

Fury

Rating

Director
David Ayer
Screenplay
David Ayer
Length
134 min.
Starring
Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Kevin Vance, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg
MPAA Rating
R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout
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Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner

Rating

Director
Wes Ball
Screenplay
Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin (Novel: James Dashner)
Length
113 min.
Starring
Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario, Chris Sheffield, Joe Adler, Alexander Flores, Jacob Latimore, Randall D. Cunningham, Patricia Clarkson
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images
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Review: The Giver (2014)

The Giver

Rating

Director
Phillip Noyce
Screenplay
Michael Mitnik, Robert B. Weide (Book: Lois Lowry)
Length
97 min.
Starring
Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift, Emma Tremblay
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.
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Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy

Rating

Director
James DeManaco
Screenplay
James DeManaco
Length
103 min.
Starring
Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Soul, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Justina Machado
MPAA Rating
R for strong disturbing violence, and for language
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Review: Veronica Mars (2014)

Veronica Mars

Rating

Director
Rob Thomas
Screenplay
Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Length
107 min.
Starring
Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffmann, Andrea Estella, Jerry O’Connell, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Brandon Hillock, Maury Sterling, Sam Huntington, Max Greenfield
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language
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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guadians of the Galaxy

Rating

Director
James Gunn
Screenplay
James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (Comic Book: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning)
Length
121 min.
Starring
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Laura Haddock, Sean Gunn
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
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Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rating

Director
Matt Reeves
Screenplay
Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Novel: Pierre Boule)
Length
130 min.
Starring
Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language
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Review: Lucy (2014)

Lucy

Rating

Director
Luc Besson
Screenplay
Luc Besson
Length
89 min.
Starring
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Pilou Asabek, Mason Lee, Analeigh Tipton, Frédéric Chau, Claire Tran, Christophe Tek, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Yvonne Gradelet, Paul Chan, Michél Raingeval
MPAA Rating
R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
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Review: Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer

Rating

Director
Joon-ho Bong
Screenplay
Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson (Book “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette)
Length
126 min.
Starring
Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Emma Levie
MPAA Rating
R for violence, language and drug content
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Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Rating

Director
Dean DeBlois
Screenplay
Dean DeBlois (book series by Cressida Cowell)
Length
102 min.
Starring
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington
MPAA Rating
PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor
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Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

Rating

Director
Doug Liman
Screenplay
Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Length
113 min.
Starring
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Masayoshi Haneda, Terence Maynard, Noah Taylor, Lara Pulver
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material
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Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Rating

Director
Seth MacFarlane
Screenplay
Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Length
116 min.
Starring
Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman
MPAA Rating
R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material
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Review: In a World… (2013)

In a World…

Rating

Director
Lake Bell
Screenplay
Lake Bell
Length
93 min.
Starring
Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, Eva Longoria, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, Michaela Watkins, Geena Davis
MPAA Rating
R for language including some sexual references
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Review: The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines

Rating

Director
Derek Cianfrance
Screenplay
Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder
Length
140 min.
Starring
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Mahershala Ali, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood, Gabe Fazio, Ray Liotta, Dan DeHaan, Emory Cohen
MPAA Rating
R for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference
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