Movie Reviews

2016

lalaland-sunset* La La Land (Drama, Romantic, Musical, Comedy | Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Dir. Damien Chazelle)
Don’t Breathe (Thriller, Mystery | Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Dir. Fede Alvarez)
Kubo (Drama, Animation | Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McCounaghey)
Kubo-and-the-Two-Strings-700x300 Nerve (Thriller, Mystery, Crime | Emma Roberts, Dave Franco)
Lights Out (Horror | Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman)

2015

Joy (Drama | Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper)
The Intern
(Comedy, Drama | Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro)
While We’re Young
 (Comedy, Drama | Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver)

2014

Selma (Biography, Drama, History | David Oyelowo, Dir. Ava DuVernay)
* Wild (Biography, Drama | Reese Witherspoon)
American Sniper
 (Action, Drama, Biopic | Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Dir. Clint Eastwood) [Article featured in The New University]
Big Eyes (Biography, Drama | Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz)
Whiplash_Poster_2Gone Girl
(Drama, Thriller | Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)
* Whiplash (Drama, Music | Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons)
Birdman (Dark Comedy, Drama | Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)
Lucy (Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman)
boyhood-poster
* Boyhood (Drama | Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Dir. Richard Linklater) [Article featured in The New University]
Life Partners (Comedy | Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody)
Third Person (Drama, Romance | Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Dir. Paul Haggis)
* Begin Again (Music Comedy Drama | Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Dir. John Carney) [Article featured in The New University]
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Chef (Comedy | Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr.)
Divergent (Action-Adventure, Drama, Thriller | Shailene Woodley, Theo James Franco, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet)

2013

Her: A Spike Jonze Love Story (Movie)Her (Comedy, Drama, Romance | Dir. Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson)
American Hustle (Crime, Drama | Dir. David O. Russell, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence)
Drinking Buddies (Romantic Comedy, Drama | Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston)
Drinking BuddiesDon Jon (Comedy, Drama | Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore)
The Spectacular Now (Drama, Comedy, Romance | Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson)
We’re The Millers (Comedy | Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter)
The Way, Way Back (Dramedy, Coming-of-Age | Liam James, Steve Carell, Anna Sophia Robb, Sam Rockwell)
The Great Gatsby (Romantic Drama | Dir. Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan)
spring-breakersSpring Breakers (Drama, Dark Comedy | Dir. Harmony Korine, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco) [Featured in Exhibit at UCI Spring 2013 Magazine]
Lovelace (Biographical Drama | Amanda Seyfried)
Zero Dark Thirty (War, Drama, History, Thriller| Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, Jessica Chastain)

2012

silver.linings.playbook.poster.header-2* Silver Linings Playbook (1|2) (Comedy, Drama, Romance | Dir. David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence)
Ruby Sparks (Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano)
The Words (Mystery, Romantic Drama | Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde)
The Dark Knight Rises (Superhero, Action, Thriller | Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Comedy Drama | Keira Knightley, Steve Carell)
Safety Not Guaranteed (Comedy | Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass)

2011

The Hunger Games (Sci-Fi Adventure | Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth)
New Year’s Eve (Rom-Com| Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Jessica Biel)
Drive (Crime Drama | Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan)
Midnight In Paris (Rom-Com, Fantasy | Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Dir. Woody Allen)

2010

Daydream Nation (Drama, Romance | Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas)
Last Night (Drama, Romance | Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet)
The RunawaysThe Runaways (Biography, Drama, Music| Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart)

2009

Up In The Air (Comedy-Drama | George Clooney, Anna Kendrick)

2003

Lost in Translation-2Lost In Translation (Melodrama, Drama | Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Dir. Sofia Coppola)

2002/2004

 A Walk To Remember / The Notebook (Romance, Drama)

1998

Great Expectations (Romance, Drama | Ethan Hawke, Gwenyth Paltrow)

1966

The Battle of Algiers (Drama, History, War | Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)

* = notable favorite