99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, 2014)
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home along with his mother (Laura Dern) and son (Noah Lomax), and forced to shack up at a seedy motel. Desperate and unemployed, Nash makes a deal with the devil – here in the form of Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the real estate broker who kicked Nash out of his home – by taking on a job where he evicts other families, as well as agreeing to further shady tasks. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 99 Homes
Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014)
Back in 1995, long before FitBits existed, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1770 kilometres along the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) in a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Following the death of her mother a few years earlier, she had plummeted into a downward spiral of adultery and drug addiction, with no visible way out. By chance she learnt of the PCT and decided a helluva long walk might just be her saving grace. Hey, it sounds better than becoming a CrossFitter. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wild
The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone, 2014)
Based on the book by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars follows sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), who meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) at a cancer support group.
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