With the Oscars just around the corner, everyone is bustling to get caught up with the nominated films, particularly those nominated for the coveted Best Picture award. If you didn’t have time to catch the nine Best Picture noms in theatre and want to clean up on your Oscar pool this year, here’s our one-line movie reviews for those films whether you’ve seen them or not.
American Hustle (dir. David O. Russell)
David O. Russell assembles an all-star cast and weaves and messy web in this haphazard attempt at cleaning up during award season.
Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass)
Turns out real pirates are not nearly as funny or cool as Jack Sparrow.
Dallas Buyer’s Club (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee)
Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner reunite after 2009’s very forgettable Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in an equally depressing film about dealing with the mistakes of the past.
Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
The tagline “In space, no one can hear your scream” would have been best suited for this movie.
Her (dir. Spike Jonez)
Artificially Intelligent partners can break your heart as much as, if not more than, human partners.
Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)
Disgruntled families are funnier in monochrome.
Philomena (dir. Stephen Frears)
Never doubt the genius that is Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, the only actors who can make a story about a woman trying to find her long-lost son into a road trip buddy comedy.
12 Years A Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)
Steve McQueen uses gratuitous violence to remind you just how brutal and immoral slavery is, just in case you had forgotten.
The Wolf Of Wall Street (dir. Martin Scorsese)
This is one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s least impressive roles and may land him his long deserved Oscar statue.