Director: Kevin Macdonald Screenwriter: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Book: Meg Rosoff Genre: Drama, Romance
Love has the power to take you anywhere. How I live now, adapted from a novel by Meg Rosoff, tells a story of a teenage girl, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) who tries to survive World War III along with her cousins. Director Kevin Macdonald brings the humanity and suffering of the characters to the surface of this film. Giving it an edge and a heart racing feel to the movie, he keeps you wondering what could happen next. For a cursed Daisy who feels nothing but hate and abandonment, especially for her father, decides quickly she has to grow up in order to survive. And just as she is finally finding love, it’s ripped away leaving her with only a desperate hope to find it again. This is a movie of survival, willpower, and love for a coming of age Daisy, who only wants to find that love once more.
Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriter: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Everyone knew the new Thor movie would have hard-hitting, star-studded action between Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but here at Multimedia Junkies we were really hoping for more character development. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much. Sure, there were some semi-sweet brother moments between Thor and Loki, and a stolen kiss or two between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), but nothing that could be called significant development. Comic relief was provided by Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), recurring support characters from the previous Thor and Avengers movies. All of these elements add up to create the “perfect” Hollywood blockbuster of the year – sure to be the best selling movie of the year… But what we think it really adds up to is a stunning facade with little underneath. The audience sits mindlessly in their seats, bombarded with visual effects, action, and Hemsworth’s abs to distract from the lack of intriguing storyline, character development, and depth. By the end of the movie we were craving for something to provoke us into thinking. The trailer promised thrilling sacrificial decisions for Thor; save the woman he loves or save the universe? It didn’t deliver. We weren’t convinced that Jane’s life was ever in danger and, quite frankly, we were happy that she was a little more involved than just standing by as the nerdy but super hot science chick that Thor has to save. However, the movie definitely wasn’t bad. Learning more about Thor’s universe and it’s back-story was interesting and the visual effects were nothing less than breath-taking. For Marvel fans, Thor: The Dark World is a must see, just don’t expect to walk out of the theater with any deep thoughts. Stick around in the theater after all the credits roll for an extra laugh for two.
Jobs, the movie biography of Steve Jobs, is no where near the level of depth of Social Network‘s screenplay was able to accomplish. Jobs really just glides through the several decades of interactions between the main characters. It’s as if the screenwriter, Matt Whiteley, had a set number of points required to tell the story, but didn’t dive below the surface. Though no offense to Ashton Kutcher, who played Steve Jobs, did an impressive job embodying him. From his mannerisms to the way he talked, Kutcher pulled it off. But what I found to be off putting was the whole persona of Steve Jobs on the big screen. He acted like an inconsiderate jerk who alienates the majority of his friends along the way. If you’re interested in watching a two hour movie about the history of apple then this is the movie for you. Unfortunately, don’t be expecting too much more out of the film.
Director: James Wan Screenwriter: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes Genre: Horror, Thriller
In 1971, the Perron family was the picture perfect family with five beautiful young girls. That is until they moved into an old lakefront farmhouse. Little did they know the hell they were about to go through. The original story is based on the professed true occurrences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who were devoted to finding and expelling genuine supernatural happenings across the New England area. The Conjuring has been proclaimed as one of the top horror flicks of 2013. James Wan (Insidious) uses acrobatic camera techniques that enhance the terror on the screen. He is a brilliant director who gives the audience powerful, alive images that are combined with the right editing and music composition. For those who have a love of horror, this film is one you cannot miss.
Director: Sofia Coppola Screenwriter: Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo Sales Genre: Crime, Drama
Our recently developed obsessive need to be close to the celebrities from the movies, magazines, and reality tv, is what drives this film. Sophia Coppola (Lost in Translation) captures the essence of the teenagers’ desperation perfectly. As for the people the characters are based on, they have either declined interviews or rebutted the actuality of the film. Without a doubt, the film is based on actual news stories and arrests that have occurred over the past few years. Coppola and the actors did a beautiful job showing how the first generation has come to idolize celebs to near sociopathic obsessions. The film itself has a documentary type feel to it that keeps you plugged in. Just don’t be expecting an explosive set of events. The Bling Ring is meant to be so much more than that and is one to watch.
Director: Cate Shortland Screenwriters: Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee Based on Novel “The Dark Room” by: Rachel Seiffert Genre: Drama, Thriller
From the history channel and books, we learn early on of the true evils of World War II and the waves of devastation that ripped through the world. Lore is a grigging story taking place at the end of this war. A young girl, Lore played by German actress Saskia Rosendahl, is a forced to take charge of her siblings to travel across miles with no one to turn to but her sworn enemy. This young girl, only 14 years of age, has been engrained from her birth with her parents’ Nazi beliefs. With Hitler dead and the end of the war, Lore is relieved to see her father once again, but soon both parents are taken. Then life as she knew changed forever in an instant. This gruesome backdrop sets the scene that will leave you with permanent chills and unforgettable images. Director Cate Shorland’s sophmore film surpasses any limitaions put in her way. The Australiam film shot in Germany with mostly English subtitles is unlike any Holocaust story told before. From the point of view of the Nazi war criminals’s children, we see the innocents tainted by their parents’ beliefs. With the brilliant you cast and enticing cinematography brings tension to film that cuts our breath stort and leaves us gasping for more.