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.
Harrison Ford commands a bunch of kids that are going to wipe out the aliens and save the world.
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.
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.
Good to see Sly and Arnold acting together.
Tom Hanks is great and so are the pirates.
Danny Trejo is back with another installment and Charlie Sheen is the President.
GRAVITY IMAX 3D
One of the best movies of the year.
Just ok movie with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake involved in an offshore gambling scam.
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.
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.
James Gandolfini's last movie is a good one
Ron Howard directed action movie with a real look at racing
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.
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.
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.
Wow this one is a little wierd-but good. Two mothers take each other's son for a lover. Nuff said.
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).
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.
Ethan Hawke is doing everything the bad man says to ge his wife back and Selena Gomez is along for the ride...great driving.
Rachel McAdams is the head of a big agency and Noomi Rapace is the abused employee. Look out for the throat slashing.
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.
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.
Keri Russell goes to the Jane Austen them resort in England and actually finds her Mr. Darcy. Funny.
Ashton Kutcher does a good job playing Apple Founder Steve Jobs, and this is an interesting history of the company from it's inception.
Our super heroes are at it again, with more joining in the fight against the bad guy.
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.
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.
Denzel and Mark keep the action going in this one where it's tough to keep track of who is double-crossing who.
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.
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.
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are hilarious inthis buddy cop movie.
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.
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 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.
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.
Thor Hyerdal takes his friends on a 4,300 mile trip across the Pacific on a raft to make a point. Four stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During Chile's 1988 reerendum, an ad exec's campaign defeats Augusto Pincohet. Three and a half stars.
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.
Halle Barry is a 911 operator trying to catch some sicko out there. Three stars.
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.
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.
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.
Nina Hoss stars in this german movie as an East German doctor banished to a small country hospital. Three and a half stars/
Jason Bateman loses his identity to thief Melissa MCCarthy, so he goes to track her down. Three stars.
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.
Jason Statham is back to get the bad guys with the help of Jennifer Lopez. Good violence. Three stars.
Another so so movie but Mark Wahlberg is always good. Three stars.
Sean Penn is good as the bad guy and Josh Brolin is better as the good guy. Guess who wins. Three stars.
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.
Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx are great..and the blood is superb. Four stars.
Good grandparents movie as Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play the part trying to fix their kids and grandkids. Three stars.
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.
Tom Cruise has another franchise on his hands, and a good one. Great action and supporting cast. Three and a half stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bond is back and better than ever with Javier Bardem as the villian. Three and a half stars.
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.
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.
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.
Early awards buzz for this fine new Ben Affleck movie about the Iran Hostage Crisis. Four stars.
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.
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.
A bunch of stories all related by different generations of people and they're past and future lives. Three and a half stars.
Liam Neeson and company are back for the sequel..a little different from the first, but good. Three and a half stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since Channing Tatum and his buds graduated and they are all comin back for the big reunion. Three stars.
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.
Good flick with Joseph Gordon-Leavitt riding his bike as fast as he can as a delivery boy. Three and a half stars.
Futuristic look at society from inside the stretch limo of billionaire Robert Pattinson. With Paul Giamatti. Three stars.
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.
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.
Will Farrell is election-year funny in this political farce. Three stars.
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.
Colin Farrell stars in the reboot of this one. Fast paced on the edge of your seat action. Three and a half stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the better Wes Anderson movies and maybe easiest to relate to. Ed Norton and Bruce Willis are a hoot. Four stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Black at his best with Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. True story. Four stars.
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.
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.
Jason Statham in fine form and the body count must've been way up there. Three and a half stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miranda Kent stars in this one as a scientists wanting to make sure her boyfriend is the one. Three stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A former mob member who is terminally ill befriends a college student, putting her in harms way. Fine performance by Killer #1. Three stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Action is the byword here..and Denzel is in fine form with help from Ryan Reynolds and Brendon Gleeson. Four stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Shannon is great in his favorite role-a crazy guy. Three stars
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Timberlake is good in this sci-fi where no one ages past 25. So is Olivia Wilde-as his mom. Three stars.
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.
Wow-exciting version of what happened with at an investment bank during the early stages of the financial crisis. Kevin Spacey. Three stars.
John Cena action flick about a family brought back together to solve a kidnapping..and again, Cena makes the helicopter jump. Three stars.
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.
I liked this updated version, complete with flying machines and lots of jokes. The 3D was pretty good too. Three stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good one for the family. True story about a boy who saves a dolphin's life. With Morgan Freeman. Three stars.
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.
Ryan Gosling in a movie that had, at times, slow-motion stylized violence. Albert Brooks was great as a bad guy. Three stars.
Great remake of the original, with James Marsden in the Dustin Hoffman role. Another great shotgun violence movie. Three stars.
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.
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.
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.
Fast paced movie about the Isreali agents sent to grab the german WW2 butcher. Four stars.
All I can say is-watch out for the moon rocks. Three stars.