Sunday, April 26

Mission: Impossible II

Director: John Woo

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120755

Review: Very drawn out with heavily flawed gender politics but has a few fun action set pieces to enjoy.

Watch it if: You want to see some ridiculous action beats.

And if you liked: Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible III, The Matrix, Goldeneye

Saturday, April 25

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2395427

Review: Oddly designed with a lot of elements that fall flat but still packs a fair amount of decent stuff in while managing to keep most of its threads coherent.

Watch it if: You're following the whole Marvel thread.

And if you liked: The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World

Sunday, April 19

All Good Things

Director: Andrew Jarecki

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1175709/

Review: Nicely shot and holds attention but is oddly structured and ultimately falls flat.

Watch it if: You're interested in the Robert Durst story.

And if you liked: The Jinx, Zodiac

Saturday, April 18

Good Will Hunting

Director: Gus Van Sant

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119217/

Review: Has some good moments but its uneven style, forced epiphanies and heavy over-scoring ultimately make it an odd experience.

Watch it if: You've somehow never seen it like I hadn't.

And if you liked: Milk, Forrest Gump

Saturday, April 11

John Wick

Director: Chad Stahelski and David Leitch

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666

Review: Wavers a little towards the end but delivers with a lot of stripped down action sequences and an exciting tone.

Watch it if: You're ok with a lot of violence.

And if you liked: Die Hard, The Raid, Crank, Shoot 'Em Up

Penguins of Madagascar

Director: Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1911658/

Review: Follows a formula in a few spots where it really doesn't need to but never slows down long enough for it to really be a problem and is otherwise jam-packed with jokes.

Watch it if: You want something light and silly.

And if you liked: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Probably the other Madagascar films? I haven't actually seen them

Sunday, April 5

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Director: George Clooney

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0270288/

Review: Gets a little messy but holds up with some interesting scene approaches and some odd humour.

Watch it if: You want to see a unique take on a biographical film.

And if you liked: Burn After Reading, Human Nature

Check this out: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

It Follows

Director: David Robert Mitchell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3235888/

Review: Loses it's way after a while but presents some nice ideas and unique pieces along the way.

Watch it if: You can find enjoyment in an overbearing score.

And if you liked: Halloween, You're Next

Saturday, April 4

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Director: Steven Soderbergh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098724/

Review: A simple plot carried out well by a strange mood.

Watch it if: You're ok with some sexual conversations.

And if you liked: Crash, Lost Highway

Friday, April 3

War of the Worlds (2005)

Director: Steven Spielberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407304/

Review: Disjointed in some ways but tells the story in a unique and interesting way with some great set-pieces and a well established tone.

Watch it if: You're ok with some very grim scenes of science-fiction death.

And if you liked: Man of Steel, Super 8