The editors and writers of the Canadian Press have chosen their top 10 films of the year. Here's a quick sum-up.
Based on writer Will Reiser's own experience with cancer, director Jonathan Levine struck a chord with viewers as well as the Canadian Press in this flick that is both funny and sad, and extremely heartfelt. CP calls it "one of the cinematic wonders of the year – filled with tiny, miraculous moments that sneak up on the viewer again and again."
Writer-director Mike Mills tells an honest and comedic story of an ill father who reveals he's gay at the age of 75. It stars Canadian heavyweight Christopher Plummer along with Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent.
One of the biggest comedies of the year, this chick-flick (that's funny enough for guys to enjoy too) stars "Mike & Molly" lead Melissa McCarthy as well as Kristen Wiig (who not only appeared in the flick but helped to write it too), Maya Rudolph, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Who doesn't have a soft spot for funnyman Steve Carell? The romantic-comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" follows a father of two who discovers his wife is having an affair. The supporting cast is a star-studded one with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Another Gosling film (it won't be his last), "Drive" is an action-drama that CP said, "the graphic violence… punctuates some intense scenes, [and] those looking for something resembling the typical mainstream popcorn flick but with some creative edge got it in 'Drive.'"
Ides of March
Put together an all-star line-up with George Clooney, Gosling (his third time on this list), and Paul Giamatti, mix in a great story about politics in America, and you've got all the ingredients for a hit. It's no wonder "Ides of March" has been nominated for four big Golden Globe awards including Best Picture.
Midnight in Paris
What top 10 films of the year list would be complete without a Woody Allen movie? Screenwriter and star Owen Wilson "rediscovers his passion for the pen when he travels back in time in Paris… Wilson is simply endearing as his character, Gil, encounters a never-ending stream of esteemed authors and artists on his magical midnight escapades through the city's heady 1920s. His signature naturalistic style wrangles the huge ensemble cast into a cohesive tale packed with wit and charm," the CP said.
Classic in its heyday decades ago and making a major comeback, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and whole puppet gang are back and bigger than ever. "The gags are silly and the story is largely predictable but the sheer enthusiasm and heartfelt affection writer/star Jason Segel brings to this vibrant reboot is infectious and more than welcome in an era when most family fare is driven by heavy CGI and snarky pop culture jabs."
"Take Shelter" is a psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon as a man with pent-up emotions as anxieties, real and imagined, increasingly take hold of him. Terrifying with twists and turns, this movie has a "headlong embrace of both simple naturalism and mind-bending sci-fi-esque imagery."
Opening in theatres across the country on Christmas Day, Steven Spielberg's latest creation is a World War One-era tale of a British boy and his horse. The cinematography and details of the film are what truly grab the viewer.