Must See Movie of the Week

Silver Linings Playbook (great or grating?)

Silver Linings Playbook (great or grating?)

November 25, 2012 6 Comments

Rate the film:  4/10 Spoiler alert:  I think this film is  so GRATING that I nearly walked out of the theatre half way through. So why make it a “must see” movie?  Many critics and audiences have raved about David O. Russell’s new film. It won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Toronto Film Festival.    It […]

Lincoln

Lincoln

November 18, 2012 No Comments

Please check out the “Must See Movie of the Week” double feature:  Lincoln and The Sessions!  Both are memorable films that easily fulfill the “Must See” criteria!!!!!  See you at the movies!

Must See Movies(s) of the Week: Lincoln AND The Sessions

Must See Movies(s) of the Week: Lincoln AND The Sessions

November 18, 2012 3 Comments

TWO movies to MUST SEE  in one week? Isn’t that some of what Thanksgiving is all about?  I am certainly grateful for the movie bounty available for us this week and decided to choose two films.  Two films that couldn’t be farther apart AND yet, they both celebrate human triumph against unspeakable tragedy and insurmountable odds. […]

Must (We) See Movie of the Week: Cloud Atlas

Must (We) See Movie of the Week: Cloud Atlas

October 29, 2012 1 Comment

My rating of this film:  5/10 What should a spectator expect  from a $100 million dollar film with three directors? Inspiration?  Profundity? Emotional transcendence?  Entertainment? This nearly three hour movie directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tywker has certainly succeeded in polarizing its audience.  Some critics (Roger Ebert) have loved it; others (Anthony […]

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

October 21, 2012 No Comments

rating:  8/10 Sweetness and redemption often show up in the strangest places. Can seven psychopaths (of the Seven Samurai, the Magnificent Seven or just 7 ilk) be the purveyors of such things?  Martin McDonagh’s new film, entitled, of course, “Seven Psychopaths,” dances us through a story that explodes (literally and metaphorically) with smart dialogue, clever […]

Argo

Argo

October 15, 2012 No Comments

Film Rating:  7.75/10 Tehran, 1979 does not stir up warm, fuzzy feelings. When the Shah of Iran’s crumbling empire imploded at the American Embassy, six Americans managed to escape to the Canadian Embassy where they were hidden, hoping against all odds for some kind of rescue.  The streets around them were filled with masses of angry […]

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

October 8, 2012 No Comments

Saturday, October 13 at 3pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a 15 hour immersion in the world of movies–from the Big Bang to the present, this wonderful documentary by director, film critic Mark Cousins provides an essential experience for any cinephile.  Those of us not fortunate enough to do movies for a living […]

Loopers

Loopers

September 30, 2012 2 Comments

Rating:  7/10 A current self and a future self go into a bar.  Or something like that. Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller sets us up to ponder the complications/opportunities to meet up with ourselves forward/backwards?  Is redemption possible?  Is everything we do determined?  What is our responsibility given such constraints? Loopers are young men (in this […]

The Master

The Master

September 26, 2012 No Comments

Rating this film:  9/10 Prepare for a journey.   Take a seat and let the experience of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master wash over you (filmed in 65 mm and screened in fortunate venues in spectacular 70mm.) Abandon GPS, curiosity about Scientology and a desire for tidy narratives with big red bows.  Those willing to […]

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

September 16, 2012 No Comments

Rating:  9/10 Life is not  reducible to sound bites nor easily expanded into predictable sequels. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylor invites us on a journey (nearly 3 hours long) where “No Country for Old Men” collides with “Pulp Fiction” in his mesmerizing film “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”  To describe the “what” of this film […]

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