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Frozen (2013)

My Rating : 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Frozen is a feel good animated movie of the year. It’s got action, story, romance and lots of songs roped in a very magical way. Must see!!”

Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.

Frozen

Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. FROZEN is one of the best modern princess movies from Disney.

Frozen

Princess Anna and Elsa are best friends and sisters. Elsa has the power to produce ice, but when she accidently hurts Anna, she’s sent to her room. Years later, Elsa must be crowned to finally open the gates to the castle. Elsa fears the entire time that she cannot control her power.

After getting in a fight with Anna, she freezes the entire kingdom and flees. Elsa builds herself an isolated ice castle. Anna goes to look for her sister to show her love and convince her to bring summer back to the kingdom.

 

Bad Words (2013)

My Rating : 2.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Jason Bateman directs and acts in this average flick, I’m not sure if it’s really meant to be a more of a find-the-dad movie, or screw-the-kid’s-dream story.”

Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition.

Bad Words

Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame.

Bad Words

As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We’re the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Non-Stop (2014)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Non-Stop takes storytelling to the next level with Liam Neeson – and the best part is that all of this happens 30,000 feet above ground level.”

Liam Neeson reunites with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra) for this airborne thriller about an Air Marshal racing to stop the villain who has framed him as a hijacker during a non-stop flight from New York to London. From the moment we first meet Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson), it’s apparent his nerves are frayed. After furtively knocking back a stiff drink in the airport parking lot, he enters the crowded terminal to board a plane bound for London.

Non-Stop

Carefully observing his fellow travelers along the way, Marks eventually ends up seated next to nervous flyer Jen (Julianne Moore), who begins to breathe easier once she’s seated near a window. Later, as the plane hits cruising altitude, Marks receives a mysterious text message stating that a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150 million is deposited into a secure bank account. But the harder Marks works to identify a suspect, the deeper he implicates himself in what becomes a deadly hostage crisis unfolding at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.

When it’s revealed that the account for the ransom money is in Marks’ name, the FAA revokes his marshal status and the media paints him as a hijacker. As the frightened passengers begin to turn on Marks, he suspects the true culprit may not even be on the plane. And with the help of Jen and perceptive airline hostess Nancy (Michelle Dockery), he attempts to clear his name and protect the passengers by any means possible.

 

The Art of the Steal (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Watching Kurt Russel performing after a long time (Death Proof was my last time). Liked the conning the con flick.”

An art thief-turned-motorcycle daredevil pulls his old crew back together for one last heist in this caper film from writer/director Jonathan Sobol (A Beginner’s Guide to Endings). Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) has a reputation for big stunts, and hard landings. Now that years of motorbike mishaps have taken their toll on the aging Crunch, he is tempted back into a life of crime in order to make a buck.

 The Art of the Steal

Unfortunately, Crunch isn’t the best when it comes to choosing his criminal cohorts, and he winds up in prison after being double-crossed by his scheming half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon). His retirement fund depleted by the time he’s released, Crunch sets his sights on one last score that will set him up for life. The mission: Assemble a team, steal the Guttenberg Bible, replace it with a counterfeit, and collect a cool $20 million. With his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel), the well-connected Paddy Kenneth Walsh, expert forger Guy (Chris Diamantopoulos), and idea man Nicky by his side, Crunch begins preparations for the job he’ll be remembered for.

The heist hits the skids, however, when untrustworthy Nicky resorts to his old tricks. But this time Crunch is ready, and as their partnership dissolves he prepares to pull out his ace in the hole. Terence Stamp and Katheryn Winnick co-star.

Godzilla (2014)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I’m speechless, because I’m a big fan of Godzilla yesterday, today and forever.”

The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it’s his birthday.

Godzilla

Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He’s right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues.

Godzilla

Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone.

Godzilla

Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed.

Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind’s only hope for restoring the balance of nature.

Joe (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A ruthless and violent drama revolving around an innocent boy, a savage real-life homeless man and ex-con Nicholas Cage.”

David Gordon Green’s Joe stars Nicolas Cage as the title character, the foreman of a work crew hired to poison trees before they are cleared from land owned by people who plan to develop it.

Joe

One day, 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) arrives at the worksite looking for a job for both himself and his alcoholic, shiftless father. Joe hires them both, but the self-destructive dad is quickly told never to return.

Gary, however, earns his keep, and soon he begins to think of Joe as a father figure. However, Joe has a prison record, and a problem keeping his explosive anger in check, and when a local man develops a grudge against him, both Gary and Joe must take a stand. Joe screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Not a big fan of Chris Pine, but this flick is worth watching.”

Young Jack Ryan may impress people by being a bright young economics student who’s adept at spotting subtle shifts in numerical statistics and market trends. But he’s also a guy who knows himself pretty well. And so after watching the events of 9/11 on TV while studying in London, Jack quickly decides his life needs to head in a new direction. He immediately joins the Marines and ships off to Afghanistan to fight for his country. It’s not until he’s badly injured in a helicopter crash and struggling through a difficult physical recovery that his chain of command realizes the role this heroic statistician might best play.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack is approached by a Navy commander named Thomas Harper who offers him an opportunity the patriotic guy can’t pass up: the CIA. It’s sure a lot better than just flirting with his pretty med student therapist and wondering what to do with the rest of his life! With a little strategic maneuvering he soon becomes a covert agent on Wall Street. His mission? Keep an eye on the world’s supplies of cash so he can spot any possible terrorist money movements.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The sharp-eyed Jack does his job well and with time notices something suspicious going on with a Russian company. There’s this businessman named Viktor Cherevin who seems to be secreting away some sizable accounts and buying up huge caches of American currency. Could it be a plot to destabilize the dollar?

Jack brings his findings to his CIA handlers—who want to take immediate action. Of course, the best person to check out this possible plot up-close is Jack himself. And so Harper prompts the newbie agent to pick up a gun and move from number-crunching analyst to head-cracking spy guy.

 

Chinese Zodiac (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Jackie Chan boldly proves that age is just a number with this amazing action adventure.”

A globe-trotting adventurer uses high-tech gadgets to seek out priceless relics in this action-packed thrill ride starring the one and only Jackie Chan. Centuries ago, a collection of zodiac busts were the pride of China.

Chinese Zodiac

Flash forward to today, and the bronze heads of those busts are missing. When powerful entrepreneur Lawrence (Oliver Platt) offers a sizable reward for their recovery, the intrepid Asian Fox (Chan) races to find them, and ensure that China’s history is preserved.

Chinese Zodiac

Meanwhile, Asian Fox will rely on a stunning array of cutting-edge devises to survive his treacherous mission, and ensure the relics don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Walk of Shame (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I’ve seen this plot used a lot, last minute rush to meet destiny – was nice watching Banks perform.”

An aspiring reporter (Elizabeth Banks) must get to an important anchor job interview following a one-night stand that left her stranded in downtown Los Angeles in this comedy from writer/director Steven Brill. James Marsden also stars.

Walk of Shame

Meghan Miles is a good girl. Straight-laced, the local L.A. news anchor comes from a polished conservative family from Texas. And so when a potential promotion opens up at a larger network affiliate, the prim and proper Miles seems like their ideal choice; a safe candidate.

Walk of Shame

However, before the TV journalist can focus on the potential elevation, her life is sideswiped — her fiancé moves out taking everything with him. Encouraged by her best friends, her devastating upheaval leads to a night of binge drinking and “Walk of Shame” begins its ill-conceived evening (and morning after) of wacky misadventures.

Cuban Fury (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “This movie is for all the fat people out there who wants to dance. A feel good flick of the year.”

James Griffiths’ Cuban Fever stars Nick Frost as Bruce Garrett who was a proud champion Salsa dancer as a teen, but gave it all up when some bullies administered a beating while he was on his way to an important tournament.

Cuban Fury

He hung up the shoes long ago and has a white-collar nine-to-five job, but when he learns his newest boss, a very pretty American businesswoman named Julia (Rashida Jones), takes Salsa lessons, he thinks this might be a way to win her heart. In order to scrape the rust off, he pays a visit to his long-ago teacher, the no-nonsense Ron Parfitt (Ian McShane), who is still teaching, but also still holds a grudge that Bruce quit on him 20 years earlier.

Cuban Fury

As the gruff instructor puts Bruce through the paces again, our hero discovers that Drew (Chris O’Dowd), his best frenemy at work, is already in hot pursuit of Julia, and that Drew certainly plays by the old adage that all’s fair in love and war.

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