With the severe lack of new releases the weekend after Thanksgiving — movie studios must think everyone is stuffed and no one goes to movies for a week — I decided to review a film that opened in limited release shortly before Thanksgiving, one that will certainly be a subject of conversation as we inch closer to awards season.
Hugo is one of the rare movies I’d actually recommend seeing in 3-D as opposed to the traditional 2-D version. It has all the elements of a good flick — top-notch acting, a good story, and, most of all, it’s extremely appealing visually.
Mortality isn’t one of my favorite subjects, but thankfully The Descendants injects quite a bit of humor in the morose tale of life, love and death.
Just in time for the holiday when we give thanks and eat lots of yummy food is the movie that makes Thanksgiving a holiday to be dreaded. That is if you a have a loud-mouthed twin sister named Jill.
In most romantic dramas or comedies, the audience can be fairly certain the two leads will end up together happily ever after. That’s not the case in Like Crazy, which is one of the more untraditional love stories I’ve seen in a while.
Martha Marcy May Marlene has received a lot of press for its star Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of former child stars Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
As far as inspirational stories go, The Mighty Macs is a slam dunk. It’s a good one about a female basketball team that plenty of Philadelphians have probably heard of over the years.
At one point during Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers shows pictures of mutilated, orphaned children in Africa to a banker friend he’s hitting up for a loan. The banker responds that he knows what is going on over there and does not need to see the pictures.
I have long thought that the music was the best part of 1984’s Footloose. Who can forget Kenny Loggins’ toe-tapping, finger-snapping title-track hit song and Deniece Williams’ boogie-worthy Let’s Hear It for the Boy?
Going into Real Steel, I expected a movie that 8-to-12-year-old boys would love; everyone else — not so much. Director Shawn Levy’s prior credits (including Night at the Museum and Pink Panther) involved some level of cheesiness, so I expected more of the same.