• Sarah E. Mason

Best Pics for the Big Screen

Updated: Aug 9, 2019


Here's three very different films, in theaters right now, that you should go see.


Nightcrawler

Theatrical Release: October 17, 2014 Rating: 9.5/10

Synopsis:

Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a petty theft, sociopath and entrepreneur. After discovering his skills are a perfect fit for his [accidentally] newfound career as a camerman, he begins a nocturnal journey through Los Angeles in search of shock and awe. When his gruesome footage catches the eye of shopworn news director (Rene Russo), who welcomes the chance to raise her station's ratings, Louis' success in getting the "money" shot, proves fatal for those in his path.

Verdict:

Get friendly with the word WOW, cause you'll be saying it a lot through this film. Both for the shocking things its lead character does and the unbelievable performance Jake Gyllenhaal turns in. His steely and clever sociopath could take on Dr. Lecter, and win. Staying true to its anti hero story to the bitter end, the film promises nor delivers any moral justice. The result is truly a work of art.


John Wick

Theatrical Release: October 24, 2014 Rating: 8/10

Synopsis:

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is retired from a life of violence and has married the love of his life. But her sudden death leaves him in deep mourning comforted only by the puppy she leaves as a last gift. When a sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen aka Theon GreyJoy) and his thugs steal his prize car and kill the puppy, the stage is set for the legendary killing machine to come out of retirement and seek revenge. Meanwhile Tarasov's father, Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) and John's former associate, puts a huge bounty on John's head.

Verdict:

How can you not root for Keanu Reeves to score big? Especially when he delivers the goods--a killer action film packed with all the right kinda blood & beatdowns. His Taken is more stylish, less cheesy, stellar supporting cast, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen aka Theon Greyjoy. A simple but effective story hooks you in. Keanu clearly put in the time training. He sells badass like the pro he is. 50 never looked so awesome.


Birdman

Theatrical Release: October 17, 2014 Rating: 10/10

Synopsis:

Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It's risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he's a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his girlfriend, daughter and ex-wife.

Verdict: Michael Keaton is f*cking phenomenal as is this masterful film. Ed Norton reminds us of the magnificance of acting in the hands of a brilliant script. Nods across the cast should be had. The film is poignant w/out being preachy, daring w/out being campy, smart w/out being condescending. You're hooked from start to finish. Total Justice, a rarity reserved for only a few. Well deserved.


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