The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | August 1’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


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Guardians of the Galaxy
★★★★½guardians-galaxy-walking

• Recommended Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

121 min. Director: James Gunn. Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman. Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper. Watch trailer

A Promise
★½

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A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband’s protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

98 min. Director: Patrice Leconte. Writers: Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre. Stars: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden. Watch trailer

Hide Your Smiling Faces
★★hide_your_smiling_faces_1_pubs

After a neighbourhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality.

81 min. Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone. Writer: Daniel Patrick Carbone. Stars: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O’Leary. Watch trailer

Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours)
★★½mood-indigo copy

Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she’s diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

94 min. Director: Michel Gondry. Writers: Michel Gondry, Luc Bossi. Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh. Watch trailer

The Deer Hunter
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam war impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. [1978 re-release]

182 min. Director: Michael Cimino. Writers: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn. Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale. Watch trailer

The Nut Job
★★The-Nut-Job-post-12

An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery.

85 min. Director: Peter Lepeniotis. Writers: Lorne Cameron, Peter Lepeniotis. Stars: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson. Watch trailer

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