Published Feb 21, 2014February is slowly coming to a close and hopefully taking the winter blues with it. If you're planning to stop hibernating and emerge to catch a film this weekend, we've compiled our weekly film review roundup below to help you decide what to see. Don't see what you're looking for? Visit our Recently Reviewed section for more reviews on the latest film releases.
Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii tells the tale of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., while simultaneously looking at an unfortunately timed love affair between a noblewoman and a slave. Our reviewer noted the CGI is videogamey at best, and as a whole, the film was irredeemably shoddy. Curious what other colourful things he had to say about this film? There are many; read the full review to find out.
3 Days to Kill teams director McG (both Charlie's Angels films) with writer Luc Besson (Taken) and places Kevin Costner in the role of Ethan Renner, an aging spy/absent father diagnosed with brain cancer and given three months to live. The film sets you up for an action thriller but, as our reviewer notes, becomes very involved with the cliched dynamics of a broken family by the end.
Money for Nothing is an informative documentary on the history of the successes and failures of America's Federal Reserve. The film is able to keep things clear and engrossing while delivering valuable context and insight. Fellow documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by Raymond Teller of famed magician duo Penn & Teller, tells the story of an experiment taken on by Tim Jenison to replicate the style of famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The interesting twist is that Jenison is not a painter; you'll have to read our review to learn more.
Finally, The Wind Rises is based on the popular autobiography Eagles of Mitsubishi: The Story of the Zero Fighter and is the 26th feature from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Our reviewer notes that the film "leaves a lot to be desired and may make viewers question whether or not the bulk of his career has been a bit more style than substance," but is that too harsh? Read our review for more details, then see the film to see what you think.
Head over to our Recently Reviewed section where you can find reviews of all the latest films to hit theatres every week.