28 December 2014

Movie Wishlist #19

I still have a lot of movies on past movie wishlists, but couldn't help making another:

Into the Woods (2014) - [NZ 22-Jan]
Certificate PG, 124 min   -   Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical, Metascore: 71/100 (33 reviews)
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
THE BUZZ: We know that Maleficent made the movie world safe for live-action fairy tales, and we hear that director Rob Marshall has found the right shades of dark and light storytelling to make this risky adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical a hit. Aside from Marshall, the biggest winner here could be Chris Pine, who has received excellent reviews as Cinderella's preening Prince.

Two Days, One Night (2014)
Certificate PG-13 95 min   -   Drama, Metascore: 91/100 (16 reviews)
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne | Luc Dardenne
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin
THE BUZZ: Marion Cotillard is developing a truly international career and her starring in a new film from the Dardenne brothers is the kind of event that should result in curious, reverent audiences packed into cramped theaters throughout the holidays and into the new year. Cotillard is definitely in the dark-horse Oscar pool for Best Actress too. Is it leading to say that this is the kind of story that would never be made in the U.S.?

A Most Violent Year (2014)
Certificate R 125 min   -   Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller, Metascore: 86/100 (10 reviews)
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.
Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

Jupiter Ascending (2015) - [NZ 05-Feb]
Certificate PG-13 125 min   -   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen's reign.
Directors: Andy Wachowski | Lana Wachowski
Stars: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
THE BUZZ: We love Warner Bros.' commitment to Andy and Lana Wachowski; it's been a decade since they've made a profitable movie, and yet the studio doesn't flinch at releasing their bonkers sci-fi ideas (we imagine WB doesn't have a major financial stake here). It's a risk for Channing Tatum, who fortunately has 22 Jump Street (2014) coming out beforehand.

Seventh Son (2014) - [NZ 26-Feb]
Certificate PG-13 102 min   -   Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
Director: Sergey Bodrov
Stars: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander
THE BUZZ: Love the idea of what evil in the form of Julianne Moore and directed by Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)'s Sergey Bodrov will look like; further stoking our interest is the fact that the project is on the Warner Bros. lot, as the studio is eager to appease its Harry Potter fanbase. Hopefully Bodrov and the studio found a balance between storytelling, practical filmmaking, and visual effects. They've certainly put together quite a cast.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) - [NZ 12-Feb]
129 min   -   Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime
A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) - [NZ 12-Feb]
Drama | Romance
Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jennifer Ehle

The Lazarus Effect (2015)
Certificate PG-13 Thriller
A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
Director: David Gelb
Stars: Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Sarah Bolger

Chappie (2015)
Action | Thriller
After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel

Cinderella (2015)
Certificate PG Adventure | Drama | Family | Fantasy | Romance
A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter

Insurgent (2015)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet

The Gunman (2015)
Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
An international spy must clear his name in order to save himself from the organization that he used to work for.
Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Idris Elba, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone

Furious 7 (2015)
Action | Crime | Thriller
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
THE BUZZ: We wish the world's most popular movie franchise would take some risks; at this point, don't you think Vin Diesel could direct a successful standalone movie that takes place entirely inside Dominic Toretto's mind? Instead, we get Jason Statham stepping into the villain role, and a new director in horror-genre innovator James Wan.

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