Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 52 minutes

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.

60: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Published 16 July 2014 • 45 minutes, 52 seconds

The Simian virus from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has wreaked havoc on humans, and let apes advance. Ten years later, low on fuel, humans start to infringe on ape territory.

59: A League of Their Own

Published 9 July 2014 • 35 minutes, 56 seconds

With a few quiet weeks at the cinema, Mel and Katie decided to take a look at some films directed by women. We start with this 1992 Penny Marshall-helmed classic starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks about the women’s professional baseball league set up during World War Two.

58: 22 Jump Street

Published 2 July 2014 • 32 minutes, 11 seconds

Dynamic crime fighting duo Jenko and Schmidt return from their undercover adventure busting high school drug dealers to bust drug dealers in college. It’s so meta, it could be described as heavy meta.

57: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Published 26 June 2014 • 32 minutes, 32 seconds

Set five years after the charming 2010 original, Hiccup and his dragon Toothless discover that there are more humans interacting with dragons than they ever knew.

56: Edge of Tomorrow

Published 18 June 2014 • 31 minutes, 22 seconds

Somehow, Tom Cruise pitched Saving Private Ryan meets District 9 meets Groundhog Day and somehow it works. We think it has something to do with Emily Blunt’s muscles.

55: The Fault in Our Stars

Published 11 June 2014 • 42 minutes, 33 seconds

It’s the weepy teen romance for this generation, a tumblr favourite featuring it-kids Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenagers with cancer who meet in support group and fall in love. Laura Dern as Woodley’s mother is the hero of the movie for your old-lady reviewers.