Best films of the week
Follow us with the introduction of the best films of the week (30 December)
1) The Judge (2014)
Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga
Synopsis: Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
2) Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography | Drama | Sport
Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo
Synopsis: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher lead by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
3) Son of a Gun (2014)
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Director: Julius Avery
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander
Synopsis: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.
4) Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Director: Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith
Stars: Christopher Knights, Tom McGrath and Chris Miller
Synopsis: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.
5) Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (2014)
Director: Scott Foley
Stars: Amy Acker, Ava Carpinello and Alex Bretow
Synopsis: Ward’s wife is a bitch. Everyone knows it. Including Ward. After numerous conversations and ruminations on the subject amongst Ward’s colorful group of friends, a fortuitous accident leads to a whole new world of problems and possibilities.
6) The Guest (2014)
Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Adam Wingard
Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley and Maika Monroe
Synopsis: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
7) A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Director: Scott Frank
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens and David Harbour
Synopsis: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
8) The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime | Drama
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini
Synopsis: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
9) The Interview (2014)
Genre: Action | Comedy
Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Stars: Seth Rogen, James Franco & Randall Park
Synopsis: Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
10) No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Crime | Thriller
Director: Sam Miller
Stars: Leslie Bibb, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson
Synopsis: An unstable escaped convict terrorizes a woman who is alone with her two children.