Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

70: The Maze Runner

Published 24 September 2014 • 37 minutes, 56 seconds

Thomas finds himself deposited in a glade full of teenage boys surrounded by a mysterious and apparently dangerous maze. Finding himself having mysterious flashbacks, his instinct is to fight the prevailing leadership structures and escape.

69: Locke

Published 17 September 2014 • 33 minutes, 3 seconds

Ivan Locke, a father and construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest job of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his apparently secure and happy existence.

68: Boyhood

Published 10 September 2014 • 43 minutes, 3 seconds

The story of Mason, a boy growing up in Texas between 2002 and 2013, shot in increments over that time. A languid slice of life about being a boy in America in the last decade and a half.

67: Predestination

Published 3 September 2014 • 45 minutes, 18 seconds

Australian directors the Spierig brothers adapt a challenging and thought-provoking short story into an ambitious sci-fi thriller. Sarah Snook gets the breakthrough role of her career, ably assisted by Ethan Hawke.

66: Sharknado

Published 27 August 2014 • 38 minutes, 34 seconds

The city of Los Angeles is overrun by shark-infested tornadoes. Chaos ensues and Ian Ziering’s Fin (geddit) must race against the fast-moving monsters of the deep to save his family and friends.

65: Hercules

Published 20 August 2014 • 36 minutes, 39 seconds

Legendary wrestling hero Dwayne Johnson plays legendary Greek hero Hercules in this surprisingly high quality B-movie that makes the most of the source material to deliver a genuinely empowering message with a lot of heart.

64: Lucy

Published 13 August 2014 • 30 minutes, 10 seconds

Scarlett Johansson finally gets to headline her own action flick in Luc Besson’s not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is LUCY. Still, she kicks butt and audiences desperate for a Black Widow solo movie flock to see it.

63: Guardians of the Galaxy

Published 6 August 2014 • 51 minutes, 51 seconds

Earth child Peter Quill is kidnapped by space pirates in 1988, after tragically watching his mother get fridged. 25 years later, he steals a valuable orb coveted by the villainous Kree, Ronan, and hooks up with a ragtag band of misfits to help save the world and deal with his daddy and mommy issues.

62: Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Published 30 July 2014 • 33 minutes, 46 seconds

In 2010, James Nguyen made a Hitchcock-inspired vanity project that combined his personal biography with his environmental fervour. The result is widely regarded as the Worst Movie Ever™.

61: Snowpiercer

Published 23 July 2014 • 37 minutes, 35 seconds

Bong Joon-Ho’s dystopian train film has been the controversial hit of the summer. We manage to track it down, despite its minimal release, and, in a burst of professionalism, manage to confine our Chris Evans fangirling to a few minutes at the end.