Mini Reviews #15

Two Days, One Night (2014) Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée Two Days, One Night follows protagonist Sandra for the titled amount of time while she goes door to door amongst the homes of her colleagues to try to persuade them to vote against her redundancy. The film is incredibly…

Song Of The Sea (2014)

When it comes to animation in the cinematic universe, you know that a film is going to be pretty special if it isn’t part of the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Aardman/Studio Ghibli juggernaut train and still manages to pick up wide, mainstream distribution. In the case of Song Of The Sea, it’s already huge reputation proceeded it as it…

The Water Diviner (2014)

It feels like quite a while since I went to the cinema to watch something that wasn’t intended for children or young adults. With recent reviews of Home, Insurgent, Cinderella (and a trip to The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water that I didn’t feel the need to write about), the prospect of Russell Crowe’s…

It Follows (2014)

In a week where Shaun The Sheep and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel seemed to be the only options for a visit to the cinema, I received a text from a friend enquiring if I would like to go and see a horror film about which I knew extremely little called It Follows. After a quick…

Big Hero 6 (2014)

It would be fair to say that Disney as a company and brand have experienced some of their most successful years since the height of the studio’s second golden age in the 1990s. You may have heard of a small passion project that they released in 2013 called Frozen, just a humble musical tale that…

A Most Violent Year (2014)

My latest cinema trip can be literally described as a battle of the Oscars. The two choices at the top of the list this week were both films starring Oscar Isaac, sci-fi thriller Ex Machina or crime drama A Most Violent Year. Having little previous knowledge of either picture or how they had been initially…

Whiplash (2014)

Every now and then a pair of films will come out almost simultaneously that share a similarity both in terms of tone and theme. Last week I detailed the great enjoyment that was provided by Steve Carell and co. in Foxcatcher, a film that centres around a young protagonist, talented in their chosen field, who…

Foxcatcher (2014)

Awards season is a time in the cinema calendar when we see all of the most anticipated and talked about ‘based on true events’ type films released. Already this season audiences have been treated to The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything, both biopics of sorts and both detailing the extraordinary yet somewhat tragic…

Birdman (2014)

For the past few weeks all any serious film fan has heard about is Birdman. Birdman this, Birdman that, Birdman everything. Liking to remain as spoiler free as I possibly can before seeing a film, the only knowledge I had of the much talked about picture was in the various and extremely confusing trailers and…

The Theory Of Everything (2014)

Stephen Hawking is without a doubt one of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century and beyond.The cruel juxtaposition of one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen combined with the tragic circumstances of his health from such an early age meant that it was only a matter of time before…