Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

50: Divergent

Published 7 May 2014 • 49 minutes, 35 seconds

In a post-apocalyptic world based on the YA novels by Veronica Roth, the world has taken the Hogwarts Sorting Hat as a model for society. Beatrice/Tris doesn’t fit in her native Hufflepuff and is therefore a dangerous mix of character traits. She joins Gryffindor and gets caught in a battle with the dangerous Ravenclaws.

49: Mean Girls

Published 30 April 2014 • 42 minutes, 8 seconds

It’s the 10th anniversary of this high school classic. Lindsay Lohan at the peak of her powers, assisted by the excellent Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Tina Fey. Today, we wear pink.

48: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Published 23 April 2014 • 33 minutes, 4 seconds

It’s the Rise of Electro Boogaloo, as Andrew Garfield’s charming Spidey, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey and a talented cast do their best with a (maybe too) faithful comic book adaptation.

47: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Published 16 April 2014 • 31 minutes, 45 seconds

The most Wes Anderson-y movie starring Ralph Fiennes as the delicious Monsieur Gustave, concierge extraordinaire and old school ringmaster of the Grand Budapest Hotel. When his wealthy old amour dies, Gustave is accused of her murder and must fight to clear his name and reclaim his hotel.

46: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Published 9 April 2014 • 1 hour, 9 minutes

It’s finally here! Marvel takes us into the world of the now-defrosted Captain Steve Rogers as he watches the country and the institutions he trusts crumble around him. Chris Evans as our titular hero shares the screen with an excellent supporting cast lead by Scarlett Johanssen, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan.

45: Noah

Published 2 April 2014 • 42 minutes, 2 seconds

Darren Aronofsky tries to explore his interest in life, death and creation while also bringing back the Biblical epic. Russell Crowe plays the unlikeable title character with assists from Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and some cool rock monster fallen angels.

44: The Monuments Men

Published 26 March 2014 • 32 minutes, 3 seconds

George Clooney gets a bunch of dudes together because he’d like to hang out with them. There’s a vague plot in there somewhere about saving important works of art from the Nazis. Bill Murray and Bob Balaban have an excellent buddy movie sub-plot.

43: Veronica Mars

Published 19 March 2014 • 31 minutes, 52 seconds

Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and 91,000 devoted Veronica Mars fans resurrected this much-loved TV series for a movie set nine years later on the eve of Veronica’s ten year high school reunion. Logan Echolls is in trouble (again) over a dead girlfriend (again) and Veronica can’t resist helping him.

42: Non-Stop

Published 12 March 2014 • 33 minutes, 57 seconds

Liam Neeson plays a grizzled, alcoholic air marshal faced with a hijacker toying with him on a New York to London flight. Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o are in support and the whole thing is a big fun action movie.

41: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Published 5 March 2014 • 39 minutes, 52 seconds

Mel and Katie review this overlooked cult classic in-the-making from 2013. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play our titular heroes in a bloody tale of swords, sorcery and revenge. It’s fun, feminist and full of f-words (the movie that is, this is a family podcast!)