Published Dec 05, 2014What better way is there to say farewell to this past chilly week than to spend it at your local cozy cinema with this weekend's latest film releases? Let our Exclaim! movie experts help you decide what's worth watching on the silver screen with our informative film reviews. We've collected a handful of the biggest in this week's Film Review Roundup — give them a read below, then check out our Recently Reviewed section for even more film reviews if you still want more.
The long awaited Wild starts off this week's roundup. Following years of self-destructive behaviour via drug addiction and promiscuous sex, along with the loss of her beloved mother, Cheryl Strayed sets out on her own to hike over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail with the hope of closing the book on her troubled past. Read our review to find out whether her journey reaches its destination.
Next up we have Copenhagen, written and directed by Toronto's Mark Raso. The film revolves around William's solo quest to locate his grandfather in the picturesque European city, but makes a somewhat perverse turn when the protagonist encounters a (too) young Danish waitress, for whom he begins to develop conflicting feelings. While the film features plenty to feel uncomfortable about, our reviewer notes that it's "this hopeless yet hopeful relationship" that provides Copenhagen with some much-need heart.
According to our reviewer, Gemma Bovery "questions — or at least presents an observation of — traditional ideas of gender" via a main character, Martin, through whom the audience is forced to try and understand the titular character, and Martin's obsession with her. By forcing us to perceive the world through Martin, director Anne Fontaine provides a "carefully balanced interplay between form and content." This is one for the film buffs.
And lastly, for all the horror aficionados, is The Scarehouse. The film is set at what appears to be a typical sorority house, with two girls planning and decorating a haunted house to scare their fellow sorority sisters. Following an initiation involving a corset suffocation, the horrific motives of the two psycho protagonists becomes more clear — they're on a mission to kill. But does the film's end provoke thought, or rely on the same tired horror tropes audiences have seen time and time again? You'll have to read the review to know.
Still haven't found the right film? Head over to our Recently Reviewed section for more film reviews.