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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Tolkien Finale Features Bilbo and Allies in Epic Showdown

The Battle of the Five Armies is the third and final chapter in The Hobbit series and is based on the fantasy novel of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien.…

Wild: Reese Witherspoon Stars in Adaptation of Bestselling Memoir

Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief stricken 22-year-old became emotionally estranged from the people closest to…

Birdman: Fading Star Tries Broadway Comeback in Dramatic Comedy

A couple of decades ago actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) was on top of the showbiz food chain. However, the former box office star’s stock has been declining after playing…

Interstellar: Astronauts Seek Alternate for Earth in Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and four of his pictures have made my annual Top Ten List; including Memento, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, and Insomnia. However,…

Whiplash: Prodigy and Professor Square-Off in Mesmerizing Drama

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) got more than he bargained for when he entered mythical Shaffer Conservatory. The prodigy had expected that the best music school in the country would…

Nightcrawler: Gyllenhaal Great as Freelancer in Search of Grisly News Videos

Petty thief Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) was eking out a living selling stolen scrap metal to junkyards until the day he stumbled upon a legitimate line of work when he…

The Best of Me: High School Sweethearts Reunite in Adaptation of Best Seller

The true test of a good tearjerker movie is whether or not it moves you to tears. And this movie managed to make me cry in spite of myself. As…

The Judge: Downey and Duvall Make Amends in Courtroom Drama

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a successful criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. It seems he was a rebellious child who frequently landed…

Kill the Messenger: Jeremy Renner Is Riveting in True Tale About Investigative Journalist

In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published an exposé detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency had orchestrated the importation of crack cocaine from Nicaragua and its distribution…

The Equalizer: Denzel is a Vigilante in Adaptation of 80s TV Series

On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a pleasant hail fellow well met person. By day, the affable widower works as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where…

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