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  • The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men 2014

    ★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    Went into this knowing had had been poorly reviewed.
    And yes, it is a big disappointment......tones switches from being silly to sappy and sentimental. I don't know if Clooney was going for the tone of some silly 40s farce combined with a sentimental war movie and it got mixed up into a bad film, or what happened here. I suggest one find a book or documentary on this subject (which is fascinating) if you want to learn about these men and their quest to save the great artworks of Europe at close of WWII.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Jan, 2015

    Watched for 3rd time.....have decided it is my #1 for 2014

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Jan, 2015

    As of now is my pick for best picture....have yet to see Boyhood.

  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Brilliant acting by Oyelowe. A solid important film about a significant event in US history.There has been much discussion about the misrepresentation of the relationship between MLK and LBJ in the film. I believe that the film should be viewed as the perspective that DuVerney is taking in depicting this historical event in a movie.

    This is an extremely timely film given what is currently happening in the US.

    Having good been born one year after these events, I was glad I saw this with my mother and was able to hear her remembrances of this time.

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2014

    Somewhat uneven. Those intimately familiar with the stage production will probably be disappointed as this movie adaptation has less sex and violence. It is cleaned up to make it more Disney family friendly though dark undertones are still present.

    All the performances were solid. The two child actors were really well cast. Emily Blunt was a delightful surprise. The two princes' duet of "Agony" was good campy fun. Chris Pine really turned on the smarmy charm. The CGI giants were pretty lame.

  • The One I Love

    The One I Love 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    Great performances and chemistry between Duplass and Moss. Kind of 'misses' at the end but I still think it is worth viewing. Do go in cold to this - the less known, the better.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    On the day he is set to celebrate his 100th birthday Allan decide to leave the old-folks home and finds his way into one last adventure. Much like his life, things happen through chance. He does not plot out the course of his live. (He really only plots where his next drink is coming from.) Interspersed with his centenarian adventure are flashbacks to the adventures earlier in his life. Yes, it is delightfully darkly comedy. Be prepared to laugh your…

  • Million Dollar Arm

    Million Dollar Arm 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    I thought this was going to be a sports movie, but it is really a 'coming of age' movie of a middle aged "Peter Pan" man. I found it predictable but enjoyable.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    Just what the doctor ordered - stupid silly fun. Lots of laughs.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 May, 2014

    Great monsters. Loved the special effects and the scale of the movie. Loved Godzilla!

    The people part - not so great. Cheezy family stuff. Some wasted talent.

  • In a World...

    In a World... 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    Insight into the world of voice over artists.

    Lake Bell is charming though the story is predictable.

    A fun light movie

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★½ Watched 16 May, 2014

    This is an ART HOUSE film, not a movie.

    This is one you see with a friend or friends and go out and discuss with a glass of wine and plate of cheese.

    It may work for some, but not for others.

    TIP: You may be able to get your friend/spouse/partner to see it by telling them ScarJo gets naked.

    Have fun.