MARGIN CALL, A STUNNER

At first look you may think that Margin Call is an extension of the film Wall Street, but as the …

JOHNNY ENGLISH, A SQUEEKY SEQUEL

It’s very hard to repeat a performance of a character after an 8-year hiatus from the role and Rowan Atkinson, as Johnny English just isn’t as funny anymore. Maybe its because I love Atkinson as Mr. Bean and in Johnny English Reborn the lack of the amazing wordless dialogue in Bean’s facial expressions are hard to forget.

THE MIGHTY MACS, A SLAM DUNK

We have probably had a bevy of sports true story films over the years and in most all cases even if you know who won, they are all inspirational. This is the case of The Mighty Macs, a small women’s parochial college so obscure, that I had never heard of it before seeing the film.

SHOLEM ALEICHEM, A STIRRING PORTRAIT

Sometimes you come across films that surprise you with an interesting portrait of a person who achieved fame after his death. This is the case of Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, a biographical documentary about Sholem Rabinowitz the writer of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

PIRATES ON STRANGER TIDES, CRESTS IN 3D BLU-RAY

Being a huge fan of Pirates of the Caribbean I just couldn’t wait for the On Stranger Tides 3D Blu-ray and was not disappointed on its quality and content. The 5-disc combo pack has everything in it for pure entertainment and the movie measures up to the theatrical version (except not on a huge screen theatrical screen).

THE THING, THRILLER FOR NEWBIES

Fans of the film The Thing (1982) beware; even though the movie takes you back to the Norwegian outpost providing a beginning to John Carpenter’s film with the same title, this one may as well have been a remake. Those that have never seen Carpenter’s masterpiece however, will get all the chills and thrills of the original. For fun, why not rent the 1982 horror flick AFTER you see this release for a comparison of alien shape shifting.

THE BIG YEAR, FUN WITH BIRDS

Now here’s an entertaining film with no violence, sexual content, abusive language, shooting, blood, well any of that stuff that’s designed to ramp up your blood pressure. It’s called The Big Year and what a great respite from all that aggression that we are seeing at the theater lately. Very funny, quick paced and fit for the whole family.

RESTLESS, A FILM OF RARE QUALITY

Moody and broody Restless radiates with a weird and wonderful romance between an orphaned teen and a cancer victim who accidentally meet at a funeral. The tragic little love story sucked me in from the opening scene and I became an onlooker of their fateful life. Sometimes bizarre, often strange Restless is the rare kind of film that only independent filmmakers can provide.