INTO THE STORM

 

This turns out to be kinda "B" movie-ish, but the storms are visually great-and the hurtling of 747's thru the air is awesome.

 

CALVARY

 

If your looking for a happy movie-don't go here.  Once abused man is in the confessional threatening to kill this priest for another's sins.  Heavy movie.

 

LET'S BE COPS

 

Couple of losers decide to impersonate police and the results are funny.

 

THE EXPENDABLES 3

 

Enjoyed the expanded cast including the new young team.  And Mel Gibson was a great bad guy.

 

 

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

 

What a great movie-really enjoyed it, and I wish I could try some of that food.  Are sea urchins really that tasty?

 

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

 

What a great movie...great special effects and Bradley Cooper was awesome as Rocket Raccoon.  

 

 

BEGIN AGAIN

Good story with Mark Ruffalo's fired music exec molding Keira Knightley into a star.

 

 

 

HERCULES

 

Good retelling of the story with the Rock as the big guy along with his merry band of warriors saving the world one country at a time.

 

 

 

THE GRAND SEDUCTION

 

Ticklehead needs a doctor to get the new factory in their small fishing village.  Funny and great scenery.

 

 

 

AND SO IT GOES

 

Michael Douglas is a crabby old realtor and Diane Keaton is going to change him into a nice guy.  It's ok.

 

 

 

LUCY

 

The untapped power of the brain is what this one is all about as Scarlett Johansson gets kicked in the abdomen and ruptures her package of drugs that open the mind.  Far-fetched but fun.

 

 

 

SEX TAPE

 

Jason Seigel is in trouble when the sex tape he and wife Cameron Diaz make goes viral...up in the cloud.  Funny.  Jack Black cameo.

 

A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO

 

Fun movie from Robert Duvall that I saw on Video on Demand as he heads south of the border and gets into trouble trying to get someone else's money.

 

 

 

BOYHOOD

 

Richard Linklater's 12 year project of a boy growing up with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke turned out great.  Good movie.

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

 

Another great movie in this franchise..and yes there will definitely be another one

 

TAMMY

 

Melissa McCarthy takes her Grandmother (Susan Sarandon) on a road trip.

 

 

 

SNOWPIERCER

 

This train carries the only survivors of a frozen earth and Chris Evans stars as the guy trying to get to the front of the train.

 

 

TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION

 

Mark Wahlberg takes over in another exciting installment with incredible effects.

 

 

 

 

JERSEY BOYS

 

Eveybodys asks-is it all singing?  No-there's an interesting story about Frankie Valli and his rise to the top. 

 

 

THE ROVER

 

Australian movie, from the people that did Animal Kingdom, and this is another violent one.  No law and order, and the body count piles up.

 

 

22 JUMP STREET

 

This sequal hit it big at the box office, and a great job by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

 

 

EDGE OF TOMORROW

 

Another great IMAX 3D flick, and for Tom Cruise it's a Groundhog Day kind of movie, as he battles aliens with Emily Blunt.

 

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

 

Seth MacFarlane is funny in this one that the critics panned but his fans should love.  Sure there is gross-out humor-but its FUNNY.

 

 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

 

This one takes you on a trip through time to save the future mutants.  Great film.

 

CHEF

 

Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this one with his friends Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson.  He is a big Hollywood chef who chucks it all for a food truck.  Great movie.

 

GODZILLA

 

Great updating of the story with Godzilla as the good guy beating the two bad monsters and saving mankind.

 

 

NEIGHBORS

 

Funny raunchy movie and it reminds me of Animal House.

 

 

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

 

They have refreshed the reboot with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and the action is very good. The IMAX 3d was good too.

 

BRICK MANSIONS

 

Next to last Paul Walker movie shows off his Brazilian fighting skills in a grimy story about a poor district of Detroit.

 

 

THE RAID 2

 

This is one bloody sequel, as we get another great story, awesome fighting, and the violence is unmatched.  Can't wait to see #3.

 

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

 

Great action for the second movie in this series and Chris Evans saves the day again with help from Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie.  I enjoyed the IMAX and 3D.

 

NOAH

 

Saw this on the IMAX Screen and a lot of fuss about how the story was presented but I liked it and it looked great.

 

 

DIVERGENT

 

Shailene Woodley stars in this futuristic drama not far from the Hunger Games and they leave it open for a sequel.  Good movie.

 

 

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

 

Another great Wes Anderson movie, with a lot of his usual actors plus Ray Fiennes in the starring role.  If you like his quirky films, you'll like this one.

 

Non-Stop

As with any Liam Neeson movie the action is non-stop in this midair thriller where he's the air marshall and anyone could be the bad guy

 

SON OF GOD

Great new telling of the story from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and this is a kindler gentler one than Passion of the Christ

3 DAYS TO KILL

Kevin Costner as an assasin and family man trying to juggle both.  Funny.  With Amber Heard.

POMPEII

No one got out alive when she blew...and Keifer Sutherland as a roman senator?

 

 

GIRL ON A BICYCLE

 

German movie with lots of French and Italian, about a girl getting hit on her bicycle and the Italian who cares for her and her kids during her recovery.  Good comedy and no subtitles.

 

 

 

THE MONUMENTS MEN

 

All star cast led by George Clooney based on true story of the saving of the world's great art at the end of WWII

 

 

THE OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS 2014

 

There was one of these, the spanish "That Wasn't Me" that was shocking..a spanish aid worker befriends an african child soldier in the midst of war..I think this one has the best chance of winning

 

 

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

 

Chris Pine takes his turn as our hero with Kevin Costner as his boss.  Good action and a think he will be back for another one

 

LONE SURVIVOR

 

This one is hard to watch with all of Mark Walhlberg's soldiers getting killed one by one by the Taliban..but a good ending.  The stunt guys must have gotten pretty banged up. 

 

 

HER

 

Spike Jonze movie with Joaquin Phoenix as a love letter writer who finds love with an operating system in his computer.  Different..good

 

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

 

Leo is great along with Jonah Hill and another great story of money and greed

 

 

AMERICAN HUSTLE

This one is based on Abscam and a great performance by all

 

 

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

 

Ron Bergundy is back years later in New York to begin on the first 24-Hour News Station, and I think it's funny

 

 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG IMAX 3D

 

Part 2 of the trilogy is really good..the 3D was great and that dragon was awesome.

 

 

THE GREAT BEAUTY

 

Italy's submission for the Academy Awards is an interesting study of a journalist re-examining his life as he approaches his 65th birthday.

 

OUT OF THE FURNACE

Woody Harrelson as mean as you have ever seen him and an outstanding performance by Christian Bale.

HUNGER GAMES: CATHCING FIRE IMAX

Looked great on the big screen and the thing I liked about this was the ending you didn't expect.

HOMEFRONT

Jason Statham doing what he does best.

THE BOOK THIEF

What a great story with Geoffery Rush starring, and the voice of Death narrating.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

 

Another one of the classics with Ralph Finnes, or as they say "Ever the Best of Friends Pip, Ever the Best of Friends.

 

12 YEARS A SLAVE

 

What a powerful true story..the guy wrote a book after he was freed and now the movie with a great cast including Brad Pitt.

 

 

ENDERS GAME

 

Harrison Ford commands a bunch of kids that are going to wipe out the aliens and save the world.

 

THE COUNSELOR

 

What a great cast...the story not so much, but still I liked it.  Gory.

 

ALL IS LOST

 

Great Robert Redford movie with nary a word uttered and a surprise ending.

 

 

BAD GRAMPA

 

If you are a fan of the Jackass movies, you will like this story of a Grampa and his grandson road tripping.

THE FIFTH ESTATE

Another great history lesson about the origin of Wikileaks and the person behind it. 

 

ESCAPE PLAN

 

Good to see Sly and Arnold acting together.

 

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

 

Tom Hanks is great and so are the pirates.

 

 

 

MACHETE KILLS

 

Danny Trejo is back with another installment and Charlie Sheen is the President. 

 

 

GRAVITY IMAX 3D

 

One of the best movies of the year.

 

 

 

RUNNER RUNNER

 

Just ok movie with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake involved in an offshore gambling scam.

 

WADJDA

 

THe first movie from Saudi Arabia directed by a woman under less than perfect conditions, and Wadjda wants to win the school contest so she can buy her first bike.

 

DON JON

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed and stars in this one and I should warn the men out there you might find this movie uncomfortable.  Great job by Tony Danza.

 

ENOUGH SAID

 

James Gandolfini's last movie is a good one

 

 

 

 

RUSH

 

Ron Howard directed action movie with a real look at racing

 

JEWTOPIA

 

Christian wants a jewish wife so that he will never have to make dicisions again.  One of the most important films of our time.  No, just kidding.  Costarring Tom Arnold.

 

 

 

A SINGLE SHOT

 

Sam Rockwell is great as a backwoods guy accidentally shooting a girl instead of the deer he was after.  Things go downhill from there.  Jeffrey Wright and William H Macy costar.

 

 

THE FAMILY

 

Robert Dinero and Michelle Pfeiffer are fleeing the mob, moving to a new town after being discovered in the last one.

 

 

ALL IS BRIGHT

 

Paul Giamatti is out on parole, and takes a job with his buddy Paul Rudd selling Xmas trees.

 

 

 

POPULAIRE

 

What a great french movie (with subtitles) about a girl applying for a secretary job and going on to compete in the world typing competition.

 

 

 

ADORE

 

Wow this one is a little wierd-but good.  Two mothers take each other's son for a lover.  Nuff said.

 

 

 

DRINKING BUDDIES

 

Great cast with Olivia Wilde exec producing and starring as a craft beer brewer with the wrong guy..she should be with her drinking buddy and fellow employee (Jake Johnson).

 

 

 

RIDDICK IMAX

 

On an unforgiving planet, Vin Diesel battles bounty hunters and some pretty mean creatures.

 

 

THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

 

Elderly sculptor in the south of France selects young WWII refugee as his last model. Subtitles.

 

 

 

GETAWAY

 

Ethan Hawke is doing everything the bad man says to ge his wife back and Selena Gomez is along for the ride...great driving.

 

 

 

PASSION

 

Rachel McAdams is the head of a big agency and Noomi Rapace is the abused employee.  Look out for the throat slashing.

 

 

 

EUROPA REPORT

 

Realistic movie of a manned deep space mission to Juiter's moon and things go terribly wrong. 

 

 

SHORT TERM 12

 

Couple with a relationship in full bloom are taking care of problem kids in a facility and it's crazy days there. 

 

CLOSED CIRCUIT

 

From the same people that did Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, murder and mayhem in England and we are not sure who is doing it.

 

 

 

THE WORLD'S END

 

It's an anniversary pub crawl the guys get together for, and things go wrong when alien blue-blooded robots appear.  From the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

 

 

SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY

 

What a cool festival they do every year in the Nevada desert..they build a city, everyone buys tickets and comes there for a week, and at the end they set a burning man effigy on fire.

 

 

AUSTENLAND

 

Keri Russell goes to the Jane Austen them resort in England and actually finds her Mr. Darcy.  Funny.

 

JOBS

 

Ashton Kutcher does a good job playing Apple Founder Steve Jobs, and this is an interesting history of the company from it's inception.

 

 

KICK-ASS 2

 

Our super heroes are at it again, with more joining in the fight against the bad guy.

 

 

 

THE BUTLER

 

What a great movie about the butler who served in the White House under many presidents.

 

 

In A World

 

Lake Bell wrote directed and stars in this one about the world of movie trailer voice over people.  Fun.

 

 

ELYSIUM

 

Matt Damon has get to the orbiting Elysium, where the 1% has the good life, to save himself and others..good sci-fi

 

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

 

Great coming of age movie with two kids experiencing growing pains and love.

 

 

2 GUNS

Denzel and Mark keep the action going in this one where it's tough to keep track of who is double-crossing who.

BLUE JASMINE

In Woody Allen's latest (his first drama since Match Point) Cate Blanchett is going crazy after she loses all her wealth.  She goes to live with her sister, and things spiral downhill from there.  Fantastic supporting cast.

 

THE WOLVERINE 3D

Hugh Jackman's 2nd outing takes him to China with great action and his nemisis Viper.

 

 

R.I.P.D.

Swat team leader Ryan Reynolds gets crossed and killed by his partner, so he gets recruited to join the Rest In Peace Dept on his way to heaven.  He and his new partner Jeff Bridges set things straight back down here.  Funny.

 

GROWN UPS 2

The second one is very funny, with all of Adam Sandlers buddies in this one except Rob Schneider, but with Shaq and Steve Austin.

 

THE WAY WAY BACK

They are calling this the movie of the summer, or this year's Little Miss Sunshine.  They're right.  Excellent performance by Steve Carell as the bad guy for once.  And Sam Rockwell is a hoot.


THE HEAT

 

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are hilarious inthis buddy cop movie.

 

 

PACIFIC RIM

Time to destroy the alien monsters coming up from that hole in the Pacific with some giant fighting robots.  3D and special effects are great.

 

THE LONE RANGER

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp are riding for justice and this is a fun movie with a great new take on Tonto.

 

 

 

MAN OF STEEL IMAX 3D

 

Great movie with Michael Shannon doing a fine job as usual as Zod the bad guy.  Four stars.

 

THIS IS THE END

 

Seth Rogan writes quite a script in this one about he and his actor friends facing the apocalypse.  Three and a half stars.

 

KING OF SUMMER

 

Three guys runaway from home and build a shack out in the middle of the forest.  Trouble ensues-including a bite from a copperhead.  Three and a half stars.

AFTER EARTH IMAX

 

It's M. Night Shayamalan's latest starring Will Smith and son Jaden crash landing on future Earth and the son signalling for help to save them.  Three stars.

 

NOW YOU SEE ME

 

It's all about the magic with this one and the 4 Horsemen get it done..lots of twists.  Three and a half stars.

 

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

 

The third installment in this series finds our couple on vacation in Greece with their two children and still talking and working things out.  Four stars.

 

THE ICEMAN

 

The true story of hitman Richard Kuklinski, who killed over 100 people until he was caught in 1986..Michael Shannon.  Three and a half stars.

 

THE HANGOVER PART 3

 

This end to the trilogy ties up all the loose ends with Ken Heong back as Leslie Chow and John Goodman as a fellow bad guy out to get him.  Bonus Giraffe head through the windshield.  Three and a half stars.

 

FAST AND FURIOUS 6

 

Rock gets the gang back together to stop a madman and they will get amnesty in exchange.  Spectacular stunts near the end.  Four stars.

 

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS IMAX 3D

 

The Enerprise crew takes on good ole Kahn and he's meaner than ever.  Three and a half stars.

THE GREAT GATSBY

 

Great movie with Leo Decaprio trying to get the girl back in the roaring 20s.  Three and a half stars.

 

RENOIR

 

Story of the last years of the french painter's life..and how his son and a model figured into it.  Four stars.

 

THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

 

Heavy movie about a muslim who goes to America to college, gets a great high paying job, but finally misses his homeland and goes back.  Three and a half stars.

 

IRON MAN 3 IMAX 3D

 

Robert Downey Jr is great in the third installment fighting bad guy Mandarin.  Three and a half stars.

 

KON TIKI

 

Thor Hyerdal takes his friends on a 4,300 mile trip across the Pacific on a raft to make a point.  Four stars.

MUD

 

Matthew McConaughey and a couple of teenagers do a great job in this dark tale from the south.  There is a boat-in a tree.  Four stars.

 

THE BIG WEDDING

 

Robert DeNiro fakes being married to his ex as families come together for a big wedding.  Three stars.

OBLIVION

Tom Cruise is a drone repair operator on post-war Earth and then he figures out what is really going on.  Three and a half stars.

TRANCE

James McAvoy, Vincent Cassell and Rosario Dawson are all after the stolen Rembrandt, and hypnosis is involved.  A Danny Boyle movie. Three and a half stars. 

STARBUCK

French comedy about a guy who used to go to make contributions at the local sperm bank and ended up fathering 533 children..really funny.  Four stars.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star as the bank robber and the cop who kills him.  Then, 15 years later, their sons deal with it.  Three and a half stars.

ADMISSION

Smart comedy about smart kids trying to get into Harvard.  Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lili Tomlin.  Three stars.

GI JOE: RETALIATION

After the GI Joes are framed, then almost wiped out..they get even.  Some good action with The Rock.  Three stars.

NO

During Chile's 1988 reerendum, an ad exec's campaign defeats Augusto Pincohet.  Three and a half stars.

 

WAR WITCH

12 year old girl is abducted from her village in Sub Sahara Africa-forced to shoot her parents and beomes a rebel soldier.  Her commanders consider her a "witch" and keep her around them so they won't be killed. Heavy movie.  Four stars.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

Big budget film with Gerard Butler saving the President from invaders.  Three stars.

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

Steve Carell as an old time magician, Jim Carrey as the new kind.  Olivia Wilde wants to be one.  Three stars.

THE CALL

Halle Barry is a 911 operator trying to catch some sicko out there.  Three stars.

OLD GOATS

Like someone's home movies.  One star.

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Ugh.  No stars.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL IMAX 3D

James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachael Weisz in a prequel to the original.  Good 3D.. Three and a half stars.

EMPEROR

Tommy Lee Jones is MacArthur trying to decide if they should try Hirohito for war crimes.  Three and a half stars.

DEAD MAN DOWN

Colin Farrell is great as someone bent on revenge for the loss of his wife and daughter.  Three and a half stars.

 

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER IMAX 3D

Good IMAX 3D, cgi and the little people win in the end.  Three and a half stars.

PHANTOM

Based on actual events, the russians almost started a nuclear war back in the end of the cold war.  With Ed Harris and David Duchovny.  Surreal ending.  Three and a half stars.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Bruce Willis keeps crankin em out, this time with his son (Jai Courtney)and some bad russian guys.  Three stars.

BULLET TO THE HEAD

Sly Stallone is back with another fine action movie, and as a hit man who just lost his partner..he's got a big guy to take down.  Three stars.

STAND UP GUYS

Al Pacino, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken go on one last hurrah before one has to kill one of the others.  Funny.  Three stars.

ACADEMY NOMINATED SHORTS

Five strong contenders, although I liked the South African one the best.

BARBARA

Nina Hoss stars in this german movie as an East German doctor banished to a small country hospital.  Three and a half stars/

IDENTITY THIEF

Jason Bateman loses his identity to thief Melissa MCCarthy, so he goes to track her down.  Three stars.

QUARTET

Dustin Hoffman directs a bunch of seasoned British veterans in a home for elderly musicians.  Mayhem and love ensues.  Three and a half stars.

HANSEL & GRETEL

The fairy tale gets an adult spin and an R rating and I really liked this version with Jeremy Renner.  Three and a half stars.

THE LAST STAND

Arnold is back, this time as a sheriff in a southern Aarizona border town keeping a mexican cartel boss from escaping back to his home.  Three and a half stars.

PARKER

Jason Statham is back to get the bad guys with the help of Jennifer Lopez.  Good violence.  Three stars.

BROKEN CITY

Another so so movie but Mark Wahlberg is always good.  Three stars.

GANGSTER SQUAD

Sean Penn is good as the bad guy and Josh Brolin is better as the good guy.  Guess who wins.  Three stars.

AMOUR

This one won best foreign film at the Globes and is up for it at the Oscars, and for the life of me I don't know why.  Sucked.  I'm not even putting 1/2 star here.

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Wow what a great film documenting the efforts to track down UBL.  Four stars.

THE PROMISED LAND

Nice demo of fracking.  Otherwise ok.  Three stars.

DJANGO UNCHAINED

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx are great..and the blood is superb.  Four stars.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Good grandparents movie as Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play the part trying to fix their kids and grandkids.  Three stars.

LES MISERABLES

The acting is great..so is most of the singing.  Russell Crowe..not so much.Three and a half stars.

THE GUILT TRIP

Seth Rogen and Barbra Striesand as the jewish mother on a road trip with her son.  Ehhh.  Two and a half stars.

JACK REACHER

Tom Cruise has another franchise on his hands, and a good one.  Great action and supporting cast.  Three and a half stars.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

Ewan Mcgregor and Naomi Watts and their three kids brave the tsunami and make it out alive..but what a tough journey it is.  Three stars.

THIS IS 40

Judd Apatow's latest is a look at Paul Rudd and LEslie Manns life since Knocked Up and it is funny.  Four stars.

RUST AND BONE

Marion Cottilard and Matthias Schoenaerts fall in love after she loses her legs in an accident.  Three stars. 

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Martin Freeman stars in the first of a few of these movies..and it was great.  Four stars.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

FDR liked to have multiple partners, and this is the story of one of them as the King and Queen of England came to visit to enlist our help in WWII.  Three and a half stars.

 

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

Brad Pitt is a hit man who likes to kill them from a distance softly.  Three stars.

DRAGON

A bad-guy martial arts dude wants to start a new tranquil life, but a detective and his former master are thinking differently..causing him to cut off his arm.  Three stars.

ANNA KARENINA

Tolstoy's book gets a "all the world is a stage" treatment with Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in a triangle that ultimately results in a bad day on the railroad.  Three stars.

LIFE OF PI

It's true, this is an amazing 3D movie about one boys journey from a shipwreck with his tiger named Richard Parker.  Four stars.

A LATE QUARTET

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken headline a great cast in this story of love and lust in a world-renowned string quartet.  Three and a half stars.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

Good finish to the bunch of movies with Bella and Edward protecting their daughter Renesmee from that pesky Volturi, and I gotta say alot of heads get ripped off bodies.  Sexy.  Three and a half stars.

LA RAFLE

Fremch for The Roundup, and that is what they do to the jews living in France, then send all 13,000 of them to the Nazi gas chambers.  This is a sad story, and in the end some twenty five came out of it alive.  Based totally on a true story, every event actually happened.  Three and a half stars.

THE OTHER SON

Israeli and Palestinian boys, switched at birth. When they are eighteen, they find out and discover new families and beliefs.  Powerful.  Four stars.

HITCHCOCK

Anthony Hoplins takes a shot, and a good one, at Alfred Hitchcock, with Helen Mirren as his wife, during the making of his most famous movie Psycho.  With Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh.  Three and a half stars.

RED DAWN

This remake is ok, with Chris Hemsworth in the lead role, saving the U.S. from the North Koreans this time.  Three stars.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Standout performances by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Deniro, about a guy just out from a mental facility, trying to get his life back toghether, and meets the right girl to help him do it.   Four stars.

LINCOLN

Daniel Day Lewis is the real deal and this movie deals with history and getting the slavery abolishon bill thru the house.  Good Speilberg handling of this one.  Four stars.

A ROYAL AFFAIR

Mads Mikkelsen is having an affair with the queen, while King Christian VII is busy being crazy, and they want to begin the Enlightenment.  Heads roll.  Four stars.

SKYFALL

Bond is back and better than ever with Javier Bardem as the villian.  Three and a half stars.

FLIGHT

It starts with a plane crash, and continues with one man's demons.  Denzel with another great performance.  Three and a half stars.

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

Martial arts are front and center in this one..and pretty bloody, too.  Russell Crowe is in fine form and very polite.  Three stars.

THE SESSIONS

Powerful story of sex and and an invalid, played by John Hawkes.  Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate.  Three and a half stars.

ATLAS SHRUGGED 2

The second installment of the 3 movie series continues with the "Who Is John Galt" theme as more free thinkers are abducted and then the Samantha Mathis character flys into the void where they all are.  Exciting.  Three and a half stars.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

Sam Rockwell is great as one of them, and Colin Farrell along with Christopher Walken tie it up into one crazy bloody package.  Three and a half stars.

ARGO

Early awards buzz for this fine new Ben Affleck movie about the Iran Hostage Crisis. Four stars.

THE PAPERBOY

Wow awesome movie takes place in the swamps in the 60's.  Nicole Kidman is great, along withe John Cusack.  Three and a half stars.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Another great history lesson since I never read the classic in high school.  This is the one with Heathcliff as the main character.  Three stars.

CLOUD ATLAS

A bunch of stories all related by different generations of people and they're past and future lives.  Three and a half stars.

TAKEN 2

Liam Neeson and company are back for the sequel..a little different from the first, but good.  Three and a half stars.

BUTTER

All star cast including Jennifer Garner as a bossy wife who lands in the top spot of the butter-carving competition at the Iowa State Fair..this one is funny.  Three and a half stars.

THE ORANGES

Two families who live across the street from each other in Orange, NJ are best friends until the father of one family has an affair with the daughter of the other family. Three stars.

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS

French movie with Mathieu Amalric as a virtuoso violinist that wants to end his life.  Very strange and good.  Three and a half stars. 

LOOPER

Joseph Gordon-Levitt kills people from the future, and when they send the future him (Bruce Willis) back to be killed by him, he can't do it..and that causes big problems.  Four stars.

SOLOMON KANE

A killing machine in the 16th Century gets a conscience all of a sudden and is hell-bent on taking out the Overlord.  Good sword action.  Three and a half stars.

THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER

Gets knocked-up and abandoned to be the scurge of the town.  But it all works out. Directed and starring french leading man Daniel Auteuil with subtitles.  Three and a half stars.

END OF WATCH

Jake Gyllenhaal is a cop in LA and the Mexican Drug Cartel wants him dead.  Three and a half stars.

THE MASTER

It's great to see Joaquin Phoenix acting again, and he does a great job in this one with Phillip Seymour Hoffman...and it seems like a take on Scientology.  Four stars.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

Clint Eastwood as a MLB scout and AMy Adams as his daughter.  Justin Timberlake wants her.  Three stars.

10 YEARS

Since Channing Tatum and his buds graduated and they are all comin back for the big reunion.  Three stars.

LAWLESS

Tom Hardy is great as one of three brothers during the prohibition era makin moonshine in the hills of Virginia.  With Jessica Chastain.  Four stars.

 

SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Up and coming comedian Mike Birbiglia is on the road at every dive in the country, trying to decide if he really wants to get married.  Three stars.

ROBOT AND FRANK

Frank Langella is awesome as alsheimers is setting in but he's going on one last cat burglary with his robot.  Three and a half stars.

 

HIT AND RUN

Dax Shepard controlled this movie, got his girlfriend and his buddy Bradley Cooper to be in it..it reminded me of a TV show..but good.  Three and a half stars.

PREMIUM RUSH

Good flick with Joseph Gordon-Leavitt riding his bike as fast as he can as a delivery boy.  Three and a half stars.

COSMOPOLIS

Futuristic look at society from inside the stretch limo of billionaire Robert Pattinson.  With Paul Giamatti.  Three stars.

KILLER JOE

Wow what a movie and the ending is like an explosion.  Four stars.

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Rashida Jones wrote and stars with Andy Samberg in this one where best friends who were married divorce with lots of laughs along the way.  Three stars.

THE EXPENDABLES 2

The first one was fun, and this one was more fun with the addition of Arnold and Chuck Norris.  Three and a half stars.

BOURNE LEGACY

This one picks up right in the middle of the last one, with a new program and number five(Jeremy Renner).  Rachael Weisz costars.  Three and a hlaf stars.

THE CAMPAIGN

Will Farrell is election-year funny in this political farce.  Three stars.

HOPE SPRINGS

This comedy drama with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones leans a littlle more to the drama edge, with Steve Carrell as a humorless marraige counselor.  Three stars. 

QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

 

This doc explores the facts behind one man's quest to build the biggest home in america.  Three stars.

FAREWELL MY QUEEN

The story of the end of Louis XIV and Marie Antionette..and I think you know how they died-off with their heads.  Diane Kruger stars.  Three stars.

TOTAL RECALL

Colin Farrell stars in the reboot of this one.  Fast paced on the edge of your seat action.  Three and a half stars.

RUBY SPARKS

Paul Dano stars as a writer who dreams up his fantasy girl and she comes to life.  Annette Bening as his mother.  Three and a half stars.

THE WATCH

Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn are funny battling the aliens taking over Costco and then Earth.  Three and a half stars.

THE LAST RIDE

The true story of the last two days in the life of country legend Hank Williams.  Good movie.  Three and a half stars.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Nice wrapup of the trilogy by Chris Nolan and Anne Hathaway is a fine addition to the cast.  Tom Hardy is a good bad guy.  Four stars.

OSLO AUGUST 31st

Flick from Norway with a young man out of rehab to visit with friends decides to pack it in and od on heroin.  Three stars.

 THE RUNWAY

Guy from Columbia crash lands his WWII twin engine plane near a little town in Ireland, and the locals help get the plane running again and build a runway for him to takeoff from.  Three and a half stars.

ELENA

Russian movie with a housewife choosing to help her own family by overdosing her husband after his heart attack.  Three stars.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

A six year old girl and her father(squatters) try to continue to live off their land in an unforgiving post-Katrina world.  Three and a half stars.

TAKE THIS WALTZ

Michelle Williams meets the new guy across the street, falls in love, and decides to leave her husband (Seth Rogan).  Three stars.

SAVAGES

Oliver Stone's latest has the mexical cartel trying to take over the two California friends business.  I love the double ending.  Gruesome violence.  Four stars.

TO ROME WITH LOVE

I think I counted five plots in Woody Allen's latest, and he is in it.  Alec Baldwin is great.  Four stars.

TED

Family guy comes to life as a talking bear and it is funny.  Three and a half stars.

PEOPLE LIKE US

 One dad, two families.  It's uo to Chris Pine to bring them all together.  Three stars.

HEADHUNTERS

Norwegian movie is nonstop action and the scene where the star has to go down in the outhouse hole to avoid death is a hoot.  Three and a half stars.

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

Mark Duplass is great in this one with Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt.  Ah yes, happy ending..but with the usual cutoff before we find out something important.  Three stars.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER

A great action movie with a nod towards Civil War history.  I enjoyed the 3D.  Three and a half stars.

THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH

Eathan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.  He's crazy and she's a figment of his imagination in this French thriller. And you don't figure it out till near the end.  Four stars.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley realize they love each other just minutes from the end of the world..Damn it should've been sooner.  I just don't like the end of these end of the world movies.  But I liked the rest of it..Three and a lalf stars.

 

FOR GREATER GLORY

Andy Garcia is great as a military general who commands separte groups into one united fighting machine against the federales in Mexico in the 1920's Cristeros War. Three and a half stars.

ROCK OF AGES

Worst opening for a Tom Cruise  movie ever but I gotta tell ya I liked it.  Fun story and great music.  Three stars.

SAFTEY NOT GAURANTEED

Man is advertising for someone to time travel with him..The ending is great.  Quirky funny.  Three and a half stars.

THAT'S MY BOY

Adam Sandler does it again and Dan Patrick with whie hair is a hoot.  Raunchy funny.  Three and a half stars.

 

IMAX 3D PROMETHEUS

Sci-Fi gets scary.  Good movie.  Three and a half stars.

MOONRISE KINGDOM

One of the better Wes Anderson movies and maybe easiest to relate to.  Ed Norton and Bruce Willis are a hoot.  Four stars.

THE INTOUCHABLES

One of the most successful french movies of all time and what a great story(true) about an paraplegic readjusting to life.  Four stars.

MEN IN BLACK IN IMAX 3D

You know I never saw the first two of these movies...and it didn't make a bit of difference.  I got it.  And it was great.  Especially in IMAX 3D and Josh Brolin did a great job of a younger Tommy Lee Jones.  Three and a half stars.

HIDE AWAY

Josh Lucas is messing around on his wife..she and his kids see him doing that and then they are killed in an auto accident.  He withdraws from the world for a year to deal with it by buying an aold boat and fixing it up to sell it.  End of movie.. Three stars.

HYSTERIA

What a great movie, not just about the invention of the women's vibrator, but of life for women in England back in the late 1800's.  Three and a half stars.

THE DICTATOR

This time Sacha Baron Cohen used a script and it worked out nicely. Funny movie with Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley.  Three and a half stars.

BERNIE

Jack Black at his best with Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.  True story.  Four stars.

BATTLESHIP

Wow-a lot better than I thought it was gonna be-big explosions-goofy aliens.  Three and a half stars.

TURN ME ON DAMMIT

Great Norwegian movie about oversexed girls coming of age.  Three stars.

DARK SHADOWS IMAX

Johnny Depp as the head of the Collins family is freed from his casket to make things right.  Three stars.

THE AVENGERS @ IMAX

Pretty much speaks for itself..Great movie..made a few bucks too.  Four stars.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Delightful story and funny one for old people about old people going to India for their golden years.  Three and a half stars.

MY WAY

Most expensive Korean movie ever with incredible effects involves the story of two marathon running friends who go thru wars together.  Three and a half stars.

SAFE

Jason Statham in fine form and the body count must've been way up there.  Three and a half stars.

THE RAVEN

This turned out to be a real good movie with John Cusak as Ed Poe and talk about some gore.  Three and a half stars.

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

Another great Judd Apatow produced movie-funny and a good story.  Emily Blunt does a good job.  Three stars.

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

I don't get it-redo of an old british movie..and this is just plain boring..I thought Rachael Wiesz was going to be great-but ehh.  Two stars.

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

85-year-old Jiro is has the Michelin 3 Star award, and is considered the finest sushi chef in the world.  This documentary looks at his life and success.  Three and a half stars.

DARLING COMPANION

Good flick for older people and they are looking for Freeway the dog who is lost.  Three and a hlaf stars.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

These are some crazy females, led by Greta Gerwig, and they want to change the ratio of male to female at their Seven Oaks College.  Funny and quirky.  Three stars.

TOUCHBACK

Kurt Russell is in this one where a troubled man re-examines the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.  If he could go back in time and do it all over again..would he?  Three and a half stars.

THE THREE STOOGES

They did a great job bringing back the best of the old stooges and the guest stars were good too.  Three and a half stars.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION

This Indonisian movie with subtitles takes a SWAT Team into a tenement of killers and shows some great martial arts action.  Three stars.

LOCKOUT

Guy Pearce has to go into the space prison to save the President's daughter and get out before it falls out of orbit to earth.  Three stars.

LOSING CONTROL

Miranda Kent stars in this one as a scientists wanting to make sure her boyfriend is the one.  Three stars.

BOY

New Zealand 1984 and Boy is waiting for the return of his father from prison.  Turns out the dad is a real loser and takes off, while Boy is left to raise his siblings until his grandmother returns.  Three and a half stars.

THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS

Michael C. Hall is a NYC screw-up looking for a job and to travel.  He gerts involved with the 18 year old daughter of a former classmate and that sends him into a tailspin that finally gets him in gear.  With Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu.  Three stars.

AMERICAN REUNION

The ninth installment of this franchise is funny with the guys growing up and having the usual family problems.  The reunion is great, especially thanks to Stifler.  Three and a half stars.

FOOTNOTE

Great Israeli movie pitting two scholars, father and son against each other with a wrong-delivered prize up for grabs.  Three and a half stars.

 

ON THE ICE

Local Barrow Alaska teens are out on a hunting expedition when things turn violent and one of them is accidentally killed.  Then the cover up gets to big with guilt for them to handle.  Three stars

3D IMAX WRATH OF THE TITANS

Looked great at the big IMAX in 3D as the story continues with the gods battling each other and Rosamund Pike as the Queen.  The bad guy is named KRONOS.  Three stars.

FLOWERS OF WAR

Christian Bale is a mortician who enters a Chinese church to protect the young girls from the Japanese soldiers.  Three and a half stars. 

THE HUNGER GAMES

Over $155 mill opening wknd..not bad..and I liked the story.  Three and a half stars.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Ewan Macgregor and Emily Blunt try to get the salmon to swim upstream in the desert, and Kristin Scott Thomas is funny.  Four stars.

DELICACY

French movie with Audrey Tautou as a lonely woman who loses her first husband to being "rammed by a car" while jogging.  All in all, funny movie. Three stars. 

SEDONA

Frances Fisher is a high powered ad exec on her way to a big meeting when she gets caught in the vortex in Sedona..Funny and inspiring.  Three stars.

JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME

Jason Segel and Ed Helms are brothers with problems, but everything works out in the end.  Script by the Duplass Brothers.  Funny and quirky.  Three stars.

SEEKING JUSTICE

Nicolas Cage and January Jones star in this one shot in New Orleans about a vigilante group that will do you a favor-for a price.  Three and a half stars.

CASA de mi PADRE

Will Ferrell in a subtitled movie, is a Mexican Rancher out to bust the drug cartel.  Tongue-in-cheek funny.  Three stars.

NORWEGIAN WOOD

Coming of age Japanese movie as Toru thinks back about his life in the 1960's, when his best friend commits suicide.  Three and a half stars.

21 JUMP STREET

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revive the tv show as they go back to high school to bust the drug ring.  Cameo by Johnny Depp.  Three stars.

FRIENDS WITH KIDS

Suppose you and your best friend want to have a baby...This movie shows how that works out, and how their friends react. Funny.  Three stars.

 

JOHN CARTER IMAX 3D

Former Civil War soldier John Carter accidentlally transports himself to Mars where he helps save a nation and falls in love with a princess.  Good IMAX 3D stuff.  Three stars. 

CORIOLANUS

Wow Ralph Fiennes is fighting against Gerard Butler in this modern adaptation of Shakespeare's story and the best part is the TV anchors reporting breaking news Shakespeare style.  Three and a half stars.

SUSPICION

A former mob member who is terminally ill befriends a college student, putting her in harms way.  Fine performance by Killer #1.  Three stars.

BULLHEAD

This one from Belgium follows a steroid pumped cattle farmer and beef trader making deals in Limburg.  Things don't turn out so good.  Three stars.

ACT OF VALOR

Wow what a great action movie with real navy SEALS acting.  Four stars.

WANDERLUST

This Judd Apatow produced movie is funny with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Anniston chucking the routine life in New York for a hippy commune and lots of laughs.  Three and a half stars. 

IN DARKNESS

Poland's entry in the foreign film race was a good one.  WWII and A local takes 11 Jews down in the sewers so they can stay alive and they stay in there for 14 months.  True story.  Four stars.

W.E.

Modonna directed this one about a love affair that shook up British royalty.  Abbie Cornish plays the current tie-in.  Three and a half stars.

THIS MEANS WAR

Fun one with secret agents battling for the attention of Reese Witherspoon.  Three stars.

THIN ICE

The classic con movie with Greg Kinnear Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup.  Four stars.

 

3D GHOST RIDER:  SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

 

Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze hell bent on giving the devil his due.  Ciaran Hinds as the horned one.  Three stars.

JOURNEY 2: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND IMAX 3D

The Imax 3D was great (saw it at the big IMAX theatre)and here is another good family story-the Rock doing his usual fine job.  Three and a half stars.

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORTS-LIVE ACTION

They all we're great but Ireland and Norway and Germany had the best shorts.  I'm going to bet on Ireland's. 

SAFE HOUSE

  

Action is the byword here..and Denzel is in fine form with help from Ryan Reynolds and Brendon Gleeson.  Four stars.

 

CHRONICLE

 

Three guys climb down in a hole and receive telekentic powers.  Pretty soon they are flying around with a hand held camera following their every move.  Fun movie.  Three and a half stars.

A SEPERATION

Iranian contender for Best Foreign Film involves an attempt at divorce, a father with alzheimers, and a woman who loses her baby.  Tense.  Four stars.

BIG MIRACLE

The "big" is 3 big whales that are stuck under the ice in Alaska in this true story starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore.  Good February movie.  Three stars.

ALBERT NOBBS

Glenn Close does a great job beng a man in this gender-bending drama.  Kinda wierd, but all waiter Albert Nobbs wants to do is take a wife and open a tobacco shop.  Three and a half stars.

MAN ON A LEDGE

Cop Sam Worthington was set up by Ed Harris-and now he's gonna get revenge and make things right.  Three and a half stars.

ONE FOR THE MONEY

One of the better Katherine Heigl comedies(some serious parts) with Jason O"Mara, John Leguizamo and Sherry Shepherd.  She needs money so she becomes a bounty hunter.  Three stars.

 

THE GREY

It's plane crash survivor Liam Neeson against the wolves in the Alaskan wilderness and it's cold out there.  Three and a half stars.

 

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

Wow what a movie...sad but good.  The kid was great and what little we see of Tom Hanks was great too.  Three and a half stars.

HAYWIRE

I bet Gina Carano will be back for another one of these movies.  All star cast in this one.  Three and a half stars.

YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE

Another history lesson about the failed student lawyer finding his true path as the great poet and writer.  Three and a half stars.

 

RED TAILS

The all black sqaudron of ace pilots we're good at shooting down Germans.  Three stars.

THE IRON LADY

Nice job by Meryl Streep and she really looks and sounds like Margaret Thatcher.  Alot of this movie takes place at the older end of Thatcher's life with Jim Broadbent as her husband.  Three stars.

 

CONTRABAND

Mark Wahlberg is at his best in these kind of movies..and this time he has to get the stuff to save his wife.  Three stars.

 

IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY

It's Angelina Jolie's writing and directing in this sad tale of what it was like in the Bosnian war that really stands out.  Three stars.

A DANGEROUS METHOD

Viggo Mortenson is Dr Freud and along with Michael Fassbender as Dr Jung, they try to cure Keira Knightley of her problems with psychoanalysis, and she goes on to become a psychiatrist herself.  The history is pretty cool and based on a true story.  Three and a half stars.

CARNAGE 

Their kids get into a fight, and they decide to talk things out..a 2 hour argument ensues..actually a pretty funny Roman Polanski directed movie.  Three and a half stars. 

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO

Great job on this version of Swedish movie #1 of the trilogy..with Daniel Craig in the reporter/magazine owners role and Rooney Mara as the hacker, along with a cast of stars.  Can't wait to see the next one.  Four stars.

 

THE ARTIST

 

I can see why they are talkin picture of the year..this is a throwback to the silent movie era..no words aloud till the very end.  Four stars.

TINKER, TAYLOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Gary Oldman must find out who the double agent is, in this movie that is tough to keep up with..but great!  Three and a half stars.

WAR HORSE

Wow..Steven Speilberg did a great job of telling this story of a horse that makes it through World War 1 and is reunited with the boy who raised him.  Four stars. 

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

Matt Damon buys a zoo where he meets Scarlett Johansen and presumably they live happily ever after.  Some humerous moments.  Three stars.

SHAME

Sex addict Michael Fassbender knows it's wrong and is trying to stop, while his sister (Carrie Mulligan) has her own suicidal problems.  Three stars for this NC 17 rated movie.

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL

The Kremlin is bombed and they think the IMF did it.  It's up to Ethan Hunt to save the day and keep those nukes down.  Good action.  Three and a half stars.

YOUNG ADULT

Charlize Theron in a sad one from the creators of Juno.  Three stars.

SHERLOCK HOLMES : A GAME OF SHADOWS

The new bad guy-Dr. Moriarty..Sherlock has to stop him.  I like the slo-mo violence.  Three and a half stars.

THE SITTER  

Suspended college student(Jonah Hill)agrees to babysit 3 kids and a wild night ensues.  Three and a half stars.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Ashton Kutcher and a cavalcade of stars in this typical fare from director Garry Marshall(Valentine's Day).  Three stars.

MOZART'S SISTER

Another great history lesson on the lesser known sibling in the Mozart family.  The kids traveled all over Europe performing for royalty.  Three and a half stars.

MELANCHOLIA

The story of 2 sisters trying to make a better relationship as a planet hurdles toward Earth.  Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland.  Three and a half stars.

ANSWERS TO NOTHING

Like the movie Crash, where all the different people cross paths at the end of the movie.  Alot going on here.  Three stars.

HUGO 3D

Martin Scorsese does a family movie about a boy living in a train station and the friends he makes.  Three and a half stars.

 

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

This guy became friends with Marilyn Monroe for a week when she came over to London to do a movie with Sir Laurence Olivier.  Michelle Williams does a great job.  Three and a half stars.

THE DESCENDANTS

George Clooney is trying to find out who his comatose wife's lover is.  Four stars.

TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN PART 1

Bella gets married and has a half vampire baby.  Three stars.

THE WOMEN ON THE SIXTH FLOOR

French movie about 60's Paris and a conservative couples lives get turned upside down by two Spanish maids.  Three stars.

 

TAKE SHELTER

Michael Shannon is great in his favorite role-a crazy guy.  Three stars

J EDGAR

Great job by Leo Dicaprio in this Clint Eastwood directed film..yes there is a little cross-dressing..but the movie takes a good look at his life.  Three stars.

JACK AND JILL

Adam Sandler's latest flick casts him as he and his sister, and I have never seen so may cameos.  Funny.  Three stars.

3D IMMORTALS

Henry Cavill is Theseus, who must stop King Hyperion.  I must say some good violence-severed bodies, beheadings, and the occasional eye gouging to the rear of the brain.  Three stars. 

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

Mr. Bean (Rowan Atlinson) as a secret agent.  If you like his movies, this one is funny.  With Rosamund Pike and Gillian Anderson.  Three stars.

LE HAVRE

French movie that takes place in aport city(the title) when an ging shoe shiner takes in a boy from the Congo, then sets out to reuinte him with his mother.  Immigration is the topic.  Three and a half stars.

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

The other Olsen sister, Elizabeth, shines in her big screen debut, escaping from a Charles Manson like cult-commune to live with her sister, but readjustment problems arise.  Three and a half stars.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

In the newest Pedro Almodovar movie, Antonio Banderas is a mad doctor who changes his kidnap victim's sex, and puts his dead wife's face on him.  Bad idea.  Freaky spanish movie w/subtitles. Three and a half stars.

TOWER HEIST

Eddie Murphy is funny in this new Ben Stiller movie, again with a slew of great comedic supporting actors.  Three and a half stars.

A VERY 3D HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS

The boys accidentally shoot Santa in the head, and that's nothing compared to what else happens..and the 3D is great.  Three and a half stars.

IN TIME

Justin Timberlake is good in this sci-fi where no one ages past 25.  So is Olivia Wilde-as his mom.  Three stars.

ANONYMOUS

Fun telling of Shakespeare's story-but what if he never really wrote a single word.  Three and a half stars.

THE RUM DIARY

Johny Depp as a Hunter S. Thompason character in San Jaun Puerto Rico in 1960 working for the local paper.  He has fun with Amber Heard.  Three and a half stars.

MARGIN CALL

Wow-exciting version of what happened with at an investment bank during the early stages of the financial crisis.  Kevin Spacey.  Three stars.

 

THE REUNION

John Cena action flick about a family brought back together to solve a kidnapping..and again, Cena makes the helicopter jump.  Three stars.

THE WAY

Martin Sheen stars and his son Emilio Estevez writes and directs the story of a father who goes to retrieve his son's body after he dies while traveling the "El Camino de Santiago."  Three and a half stars.

THREE MUSKATEERS

I liked this updated version, complete with flying machines and lots of jokes.  The 3D was pretty good too.  Three stars.

REAL STEEL

A great father/son story..with boxing robots included.  Three stars.

MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGARITTE

Gerard Pepardieu is getting bigger all the time(around the waist) but plays a loveable cuddly bear dealing with his crazy mother, his girlfriend who wants a baby, and 90 something Margaritte-who changes his life.  Three stars.

THE IDES OF MARCH

I've used this quote before from Eric Burdon-"It's a very dirty business."  In this case-it's politics.  George Clooney and Ryan Gosling star in a grudge match.  Three and a half stars.

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

The good detective must stop the spontaneous combustion of people by fire turtles so  Empress Wu can go ahead with her coronation.  And lookout for the 66 story high statue of Buddha..it's rigged to fall over..on the coronation.  Three stars for good martial arts action and the look of walking on air.

MACHINE GUN PREACHER

Gerard Butler started life out bad, so he got god and used his fighting skills to help the orphans in Sudan.  He's pretty handy with the rocket launcher too.  Three stars.

50-50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has got back cancer and Seth Rogan is his buddy.  Based on true story.  Laugh/cry.  Three and a half stars.

TUCKER AND DALE vs EVIL

The guys are at their rundown vacation cabin when a bunch of college kids make trouble.  Funny and gory.  They should make more of these movies.  Three and a half stars.

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER

Funny rom/com with Anna Faris and Chris Evans ultimately getting together after she checks her ex's.  Three stars.

MONEYBALL

Brad Pitt is great as the GM of the A's, as was Jonah Hill as the guy who mathematically helped him turn it around.  Three and a half stars.

ABDUCTION

Taylor Lautner out to find out who he really is.  Michael Nyqvist, the good guy from the original Girl W/the Dragon Tatoo trilogy, is the bad guy.  Three stars.

DOLPHIN TALE

Good one for the family.  True story about a boy who saves a dolphin's life.  With Morgan Freeman.  Three stars.

KILLER ELITE

Jason Statham's mentor(Robert DeNiro)is captured, and to be rescued, three assassins must be killed.  With Clive Owen.  Some excellent fights.  Three stars.

DRIVE

Ryan Gosling in a movie that had, at times, slow-motion stylized violence.  Albert Brooks was great as a bad guy.  Three stars.

STRAW DOGS

 

Great remake of the original, with James Marsden in the Dustin Hoffman role.  Another great shotgun violence movie.  Three stars.

CONTAGION

 

 

 

 

 

You are going to want to wash your hands after seeing this movie about a germ that goes from a bat to a pig to a chef's hands...and that starts the virus ball a rollin.  Matt Damon is in it..also Gweneth Paltrow.  Three stars.

BUCKY LARSON: A STAR IS BORN 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most important movies of our time..not.  Kid wants to follow in his parents footsteps and become a porn star.  Nice buck teeth.  Adam Sandler prints are all over this one.  Three stars.

 

WARRIOR 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow..They we're comparing this one to the fighter, but a different kind of film here.  Nick Nolte was good as the 2 brothers dad.  Tom Hardy has no neck, and he punches real good.  Three and a half stars.

POINT BLANK 

 

 

 

 

 

This french movie is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end.  Male nurse's wife is kidnapped so the bad guys can make him bust their buddy out of the hospital.  Four stars.

SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA

 

 

 

 

 

Good golf movie with Robert Duvall as the teacher and Lucas Black as the PGA tour wannabe.  Three stars.

OUR IDIOT BROTHER

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Rudd in a funny movie screwing up his sister's lives.  Three stars.

THE NAMES OF LOVE

 

 

 

 

 

This french movie has the girl sleeping with conservatives to turn the into liberals.  Three stars.

THE DEBT

 

 

 

 

 

Fast paced movie about the Isreali agents sent to grab the german WW2 butcher.  Four stars.

 

APOLLO 18

 

 

 

 

 

All I can say is-watch out for the moon rocks.  Three stars.