Monday, December 30, 2013

Movies I'm Looking Forward to in 2014

While I put together my list of favorites from 2013 here is a list of movies I'm looking forward to in 2014. Some technically came out in 2013 but I don't live in LA or NY.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Labor Day
The Lego Movie
Monuments Men
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Muppets Most Wanted
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Dom Hemingway
Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jupiter Ascending
Hercules (the Dwayne Johnson movie)
Guardians of the Galaxy

Friday, December 27, 2013

Short Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Grade: A

The rise and fall of a corrupt stock broker on wall street.

Very funny movie. Well made. Well written. Amazing cast. DiCaprio's best and most physical performance. Hill transforms in his role.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and many many many more.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Short Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Grade: A

A Texas man with AIDS takes on the FDA so he can treat himself and others with better medication.

Fascinating story. Very well made. McConaughey is great and scary skinny. Leto completely disappears into his role.

Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner and more.

Short Review: American Hustle

Grade: A-

A conman and his mistress must work with the FBI to bring down some corrupt politicians.

Amazing cast who all give great performances. Jennifer Lawrence steals the movie. Interesting story.

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and more.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Short Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Grade: A+

The (Disney approved version of the) true story of Walt Disney and PL Travers and the making of Mary Poppins.

Very charming. Pretty funny. Great movie all around. Perfectly cast. Giamatti steals it though in his small scenes.

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell and more.

Short Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Grade: C

The short kids book continues in this second of three very long movies.

Some very exciting and fun action set pieces. Smaug is awesome.

Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and many more

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Short Review: Anchorman 2

Grade: A-

Ron Burgundy is back and taking on 24 hour news.

Very funny. Very entertaining. Great commentary on the news and media. Great follow up to the original.

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell and many many more.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Short Review: Frozen

Grade: A-

Princess Anna must find her sister, Elsa, who is the new queen, but in order to do so she must trek through the frozen landscape.

Great story. Love the ending. Very funny. Good songs. Great kids movie.

Voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and more.