John Wick (2014) - Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Affie Allen, Willem Dafoe
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him (IMDb). In one of his better movies from the last few years, Reeves steals the show and reestablishes himself as a quality action star.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) - James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Nina Arianda
One couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone (IMDb). This film was originally released as two separate films: one from his perspective, and one from hers. The concept sounds gimmicky, but apparently worked well when they hit festivals late last year. This cut is the combined perspectives of the two, and should be interesting to see how they recut the film.
Ouija (2014) - Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Darren Kagasoff
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board (IMDb). This horror thriller had horrendous reviews, yet made a huge amount of cash at the box office. The film relies on jump scares and a predisposition to the supernatural, so those looking for a unique horror film experience won't find it here.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) - Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman
A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness (IMDb). This comedy-drama features Pegg in a more serious role than he's used to playing. His relationship with Pike in the film is what holds it all together, and there are plenty of one-liner moments and feel-good romance to bring a smile to most viewers.
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah (488 pages)
Hannah tells a World War II story based in Paris, France, that revolves not around the soldiers or the grittiness of war, but the more intimate parties involved. The story follows two sisters living in Paris, "each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France." (Goodreads.com)
God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican - Gerald Posner (752 pages)
A deeply reported, fast-paced expose of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican's biggest, most powerful religious institution from an acclaimed journalist with exhaustive research techniques (The New York Times). The Vatican's coffers aren't always explored in detail like this. This should be a very interesting read for historians.
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman (352 pages)
"Trigger Warning" explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion (Goodreads.com).