Film Reviews

Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game

Rating

Director
Morten Tyldum
Screenplay
Graham Moore (Book: Andrew Hodges)
Length
114 min.
Starring
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, James Northcote, Tom Goodman-Hill, Steven Waddington, Alex Lawther, Jack Tarlton, Ilan Goodman, Jack Bannon, Tuppence Middleton
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking
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Review: Out to Kill (2014)

Out to Kill

Rating

Director
Rob Williams
Screenplay
Rob Williams
Length
83 min.
Starring
Scott Sell, Rob Moretti, Mark Strano, Tom Goss, Christopher Patrino, Michael Kenneth Fahr, Nicholas Burgos, Christopher Cutillo, Lee Williams, Aaron Quick Nelson, Joey Panek, Mark Manning, Karleigh Chase, Jeffrey Klein
MPAA Rating
Unrated
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Review: Into the Woods (2014)

Into the Woods

Rating

Director
Rob Marshall
Screenplay
James Lapine (Musical: Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine)
Length
PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.
Starring
Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Christina Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Chris Pine, Frances de la Tour
MPAA Rating
125 min.
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Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating

Director
Peter Jackson
Screenplay
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien)
Length
144 min.
Starring
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, John Bell, Ryan Gage, Peggy Nesbitt, Mary Nesbitt, Manu Bennett, John Tui, Billy Connolly, Benedict Cumberbatch
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening
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Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls

Rating

Director
Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Screenplay
Phil Dale, Anthony Stacchi, Irena Brignull, Adam Pava (Novel: Alan Snow)
Length
96 min.
Starring
Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg
MPAA Rating
PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor
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Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Rating

Director
Wes Anderson
Screenplay
Wes Anderson
Length
100 min.
Starring
Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori, Larry Pine, Giselda Volodi, Florian Lukas, Karl Markovics, Volker Michalowski, Neal Huff, Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia
MPAA Rating
R for language, some sexual content and violence
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Review: Birdman (2014)

Birdman

Rating

Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Screenplay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo
Length
119 min.
Starring
Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Katherine O’Sullivan, Merritt Weaver, Amy Ryan, Lindsay Duncan
MPAA Rating
R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence
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Review: Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl

Rating

Director
David Fincher
Screenplay
Gillian Flynn (Novel: Gillian Flynn)
Length
149 min.
Starring
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit
MPAA Rating
R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language
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Review: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar

Rating

Director
Christopher Nolan
Screenplay
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Length
169 min.
Starring
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Josh Stewart, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Andrew Borba, Topher Grace, Matt Damon
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language
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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Rating

Director
Francis Lawrence
Screenplay
Peter Craig, Danny Strong, Suzanne Collins (Novel: Suzanne Collins)
Length
123 min.
Starring
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright
MPAA Rating
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
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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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