Reviews

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing
June 5, 2014 No Comments »

The Railway Man Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  The Railway Man will be playing at the Hyland Cinema until June 12th.  When Patti Wallace (Nicole Kidman) meets Eric Lomax (Colin ... Read More »

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty
June 2, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning When Sleeping Beauty graced cinemas in 1959 Walt Disney’s heart was no longer in animation. Disneyland had taken hold. The resultant movie was extravagant and hollow but stylistically innovative. Maleficent, which reimagines the ... Read More »

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan Joe will be playing at the Hyland until Thursday, June 6th.  Thwack. Thwack. Your hatchet strikes the Longleaf Pine tree. Thwack. The hatchet’s dripping in poison supplied from ... Read More »

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Enter the superhero movie retcon

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Enter the superhero movie retcon
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

X-Men: Days of Future Past Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page and Evan Peters This review contains spoilers: In 2006, Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last ... Read More »

Under the Skin: The existential terrestrial

Under the Skin: The existential terrestrial
May 27, 2014 No Comments »

Under the Skin Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin is playing at the Hyland until Thursday, May 29th. However, it may be brought back for another week if requested at adlan@hylandcinema.com  Under the Skin is probably the most ... Read More »

Only Lovers Left Alive: The good kind of melancholic vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive: The good kind of melancholic vampires
May 23, 2014 No Comments »

Only Lovers Left Alive  Director: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin Only Lovers Left Alive will be playing at the Hyland Cinema on Wharncliffe until May 29th. Anyone with a semi-artistic mind ... Read More »

Godzilla: Large lizard looms over lofty leads

Godzilla: Large lizard looms over lofty leads
May 21, 2014 No Comments »

Godzilla Director: Gareth Edwards Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston Godzilla isn’t a bad movie. It checks the boxes. But for an extravagant behemoth with a superlative cast tooled to dazzle, it fails to drop jaws ... Read More »

Enemy — Spinning an intricate web

Enemy — Spinning an intricate web
May 12, 2014 No Comments »

  Enemy  Director: Denis Villeneuve  Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini.  In Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa is surprised to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy depicts a similar transformation from understood to ... Read More »

Neighbors — Cocky frat brothers dick around

Neighbors — Cocky frat brothers dick around
May 12, 2014 No Comments »

Neighbors Director: Nicholas Stoller Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress Dicks. Dicks figure heavily in Neighbors, the latest festival of raunch and wine from the cult of Judd Apatow. But there’s more substance ... Read More »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — Caught in its own web

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — Caught in its own web
May 7, 2014 No Comments »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Director: Mark Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Daniel DeHaan, Sally Fields, and Paul Giamatti This review contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The worst part of the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man — aside from the ... Read More »

Unsimulated sex surprisingly unstimulating

Unsimulated sex surprisingly unstimulating
April 3, 2014 No Comments »

Nyphomaniac Director: Lars von Trier Starring: Charlotte Gainsborough, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Mia Goth, Willem Dafoe Controversial for using CGI to depict actors having graphic sex, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Part I & II unquestionably falls on the ... Read More »

Staying true to young adult franchises

Staying true to young adult franchises
March 28, 2014 No Comments »

Divergent Director: Neil Burger Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet It’s ironic that a film focused on conveying the theme of finding one’s true identity has failed to find its own. The Hunger Games template has been copied to a T: ... Read More »