The Theory of Everything (2014)

This is a movie about science and humanity. Everyone knows The Theory of Everything is about Stephen Hawking, but what people may not think about going into it is the emotional strain for both Hawking and his wife Jane as his disease progresses. His discoveries in science are well-known, as is his current condition. What this…

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game is a movie with two stories. On one hand, there is the story of World War II and the urgent need to crack the German Enigma code. Here, we arrive at Bletchley Park with Alan Turing, where the British Government has hired a team to work tirelessly to crack the code, mixed…

Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood is a movie about humanity. Possibly one of the simplest movies you will see this year, but also one of the most touching and relatable. It is a story about adolescence and learning to cope and survive in a world that can, at times, be unforgiving and hard. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) is raised mostly…

Birdman (2014)

If you’re looking for a movie that’ll have you walking out of the theater wondering what exactly you just saw, Birdman is your movie. And I mean that in an entirely positive way. It is intelligent, interesting, well-crafted and extremely well-acted. It is far from mainstream, very philosophical, and lends itself to the audience walking away…

Gone Girl (2014)

As both a book and a movie, Gone Girl is not for the faint of heart. It’s gritty, intense, and not your typical narrative about marriage. Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) have been together for years and their anniversary is coming up once again. Having recently moved back to Nick’s childhood town in Missouri…

Big Hero 6 (2014)

I have the Oscars to thank for seeing Big Hero 6 – if it weren’t nominated for Best Animated Film, I probably would not have rushed to see it. I can’t tell you why, but it didn’t catch my attention when it was being promoted. After seeing it, however, I’m glad it was nominated because it…

Whiplash (2014)

This movie surprised me – in a good way. I did not have low expectations, but the movie far surpassed what I thought it would be. The plot sounds so simple: A 19 year-old, first-year student at a prestigious New York music school and the relationship he has with his oft-abusive jazz teacher. It sounds…