Best films of the week
Follow us with the introduction of the best films of the week (9 November)
1) A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Stars: Robin Williams, Lauren Graham and Wendi McLendon-Covey
Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
2) Elsa & Fred (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Family | Romance
Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine
“Elsa and Fred” is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live — be it more or less — is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.
3) If I Stay (2014)
Director: R.J. Cutler
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
4) Dracula Untold (2014)
Genre: Action | Drama | Fantasy
Director: Gary Shore
Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper & Sarah Gadon
As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own kingdom in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.
5) Muffin Top A Love Story (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director: Cathryn Michon
Stars: Diedrich Bader, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Cathryn Michon
“Muffin Top: A Love Story” is the story of Suzanne (Cathryn Michon) a Women’s Studies Pop Culture professor at Malibu University, who studies images of women in the media for a living, and yet is made insecure by the constant parade of female perfection that is our airbrushed culture. She has been going through IVF treatments to get pregnant by her network executive husband (Diedrich Bader), but discovers on her birthday, that her husband has knocked up his younger, skinnier, co-worker (Haylie Duff) and wants a divorce. Happy Birthday! She goes on to find a more authentic version of who she really is, despite the delights of being suddenly single in Los Angeles, where low self-esteem for women is our number one export to the world.
– Written by Cathryn Michon
6) Reclaim (2014)
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director: Alan White
Stars: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre
A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter.
7) Lucy (2014)
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
8) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis
Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
9) Let’s Be Cops (2014)
Director: Luke Greenfield
Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
9) A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Director: Anton Corbijn
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams and Philip Seymour Hoffman
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.