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Kitchener-Waterloo Movie Reviews

Reviews and "trailers" for movies currently playing in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cabmridge and Guelph (88 screens) (updated for week of Thursday December 18, 2014 (updated Dec 19) ):

Click on Movie name below to see all showtimes at local theatres for that movie. Click on to view movie trailer for that movie. All ratings are out of a total of five stars 5 out of 5.

New Releases (for week of Thursday December 18, 2014 (updated Dec 19) )

3 Star Rating

Annie

A young, happy --and black--foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) with a hard knock life and a mean foster momgets adopted by a hard-nosed tycoon (Jamie Foxx) and New York mayoral candidate(also: Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale) YouTube trailer for Annie

2.5 Star Rating

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. (also: Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson) YouTube trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

3 Star Rating

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Bilbo and company are embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.(Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett) YouTube trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Coming Next Week

American Sniper---Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Navy S.E.A.L. (Bradley Cooper) recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.

Beloved Sisters ---Thursday, December 25, 2014

A romantic drama centered on the love triangle between rising poet Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) and two aristocratic sisters (Hannah Herzsprung,enriette Confurius).

Big Eyes---Thursday, December 25, 2014

A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) , her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Christoph Waltz), who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. (also: Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman)

Into the Woods---Friday, December 26, 2014

A witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt) with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

The Gambler---Thursday, December 25, 2014

A literature college professor and high stakes gambler (Mark Wahlberg) runs afoul of a loan shark (John Goodman) and his bodyguard-like gangsters while he has an affair with one of his students. also:Jessica Lange, Brie Larson)

Two Days, One Night ---Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sandra, a young Belgian mother (Marion Cotillard), 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. (also: Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry)

Unbroken---Thursday, December 25, 2014

A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini(Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.(also:Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway)

Currently Showing Movies


3 Star Rating

Annie

A young, happy --and black--foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) with a hard knock life and a mean foster momgets adopted by a hard-nosed tycoon (Jamie Foxx) and New York mayoral candidate(also: Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale)


4 Star Rating

Big Hero 6

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (voices: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller )


4 Star Rating

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.


3 Star Rating

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver)


4.5 Star Rating

Gone Girl

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man (Ben Affleck) sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. (also:Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry)


3 Star Rating

Horrible Bosses 2

Dale, Kurt and Nick (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor (Kevin Spacey), prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.


4.5 Star Rating

Interstellar

A group of explorers (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin) make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.


0 Star Rating

Into the Woods

A witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt) with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.


3.5 Star Rating

National Theatre (London)

Productions from London's National Theatre, simulcast in movie theatre.


2.5 Star Rating

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. (also: Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson)


4 Star Rating

Penguins of Madagascar

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Privat turn spies.These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.


0 Star Rating

The Gambler

A literature college professor and high stakes gambler (Mark Wahlberg) runs afoul of a loan shark (John Goodman) and his bodyguard-like gangsters while he has an affair with one of his students. also:Jessica Lange, Brie Larson)


3 Star Rating

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Bilbo and company are embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.(Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett)


3.5 Star Rating

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. (also: Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson )


4 Star Rating

The Imitation Game

English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. (also:Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech)


3 Star Rating

The Judge

Big city lawyer (Robert Downey Jr) returns to his childhood home where his father (Robert Duvall), the town's judge, is suspected of murder. While discovering the truth he reconnects with his estranged family.(also:Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton)


4 Star Rating

The Skeleton Twins

After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other 9also:Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson).


3.5 Star Rating

The Theory of Everything

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife (Felicity Jones) (also: Charlie Cox, Emily Watson)


0 Star Rating

Unbroken

A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini(Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.(also:Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway)

4.5 Star Rating

White Christmas

A successful song-and-dance team (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney) become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.


3.5 Star Rating

Wild

A chronicle of one woman's (Reese Witherspoon) 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. (also:Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman)

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