I love movies that give you a chance to wrestle with interesting and complex topics. Such is the case with God's Not Dead, a film about an atheist professor who's challenged by a student who believes in God. It's a very thought-provoking film, and an excellent catalyst for lively discussion with friends. No matter what your personal viewpoint is, it will engage your brain.
With a career devoted to revenge, Nicolas Cage is in his element here. If you enjoyed movies like 3 Days to Kill or the Taken franchise, you’ll enjoy Rage. There’s a twist that makes it a little different from a typical revenge tale, and even when it’s over-the-top and the action seems implausible, Cage brings it all together.
Halle Berry is amazing as Frankie, a go-go dancer with multiple personalities, including a 7-year-old girl and a racist named Alice. Based on true events, Berry's emotional performance makes every moment a revelation. The viewer is allowed inside her troubling world, and it's a fascinating journey.
A psychological thriller with a sci-fi twist. Mark Strong portrays a “memory detective” who enters his subjects' minds to unlock clues to the cases he's working on. When he enters the mind of the extremely talented and deeply disturbed Anna (Taissa Farmiga), it turns into a game of cat and mouse. The two leads carry this movie, and the interaction between them gives it weight.
Imagine confronting someone who brutalized you years before. That's the subject of this exceptional drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. When Firth discovers that the man who mistreated him in a WWII labor camp is still alive, he journeys to confront him. It's a powerful and intense film, and even though the subject matter made it difficult to watch at times, it was one of the best films I’ve seen this year.
Jason Bateman stars in and directs this raunchy, so-wrong-it’s-right tale of revenge. (Or is it redemption?) Bateman’s character, Guy, enters a spelling bee and finds himself in an unlikely union with a 10-year-old contestant, who revels in Guy’s unfiltered honesty. If you liked Bad Santa, this is right up your alley.
Like other adaptations, this one hits the familiar points: Tarzan is raised by a gorilla, falls in love with Jane and is menaced by a gorilla and a human villain. I liked this version's animation, and the conservationist story line is well suited for today’s audiences. I think kids will really enjoy it, even though the apes don’t talk, no one breaks into song and Phil Collins isn't around.
The great Robin Williams stars as Henry Altmann, a man who’s having quite possibly the worst day someone can have. His doctor (Mila Kunis) tells him he has 90 minutes left to live, and he attempts to make amends for a lifetime of regret. It's a life-affirming journey of a dying father, husband and sometime friend.