Monday, January 27, 2014

Her (2013)

Rated: R - Runtime: 120 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Set in a not-too-distant future in a style that looks and sounds a lot like we envisioned the future in the eighties, a guy and his computer's operating system fall in love.  (Computers have evolved to be keyboardless, you talk to them.)

The movie follows the relationship much the way "Blue is the Warmest Color" follows its relationship, though less graphic.  Just as intimate, though.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Rated: R - Runtime: 104 min
tesg's Rating: Two stars (out of four)

Set around 1959-1961 (they note that Elvis is in the military), an unlikable depressing musician goes nowhere.  Well...he goes to Chicago, but I'm speaking in life terms.

The two reasons to see this are the dinner scene and John Goodman.  Otherwise, this is just a downer to watch.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Rated: PG - Runtime: 116 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

Here's the thing...I figured out immediately where the negative was.  So I spent most of the movie silently yelling "YOU IDIOT!" at the screen.

But it was beautifully shot and most of the performances were good, so we'll call it a nice piece of cinema fluff.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 125 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Not quite "Finding Neverland", but I'll take it.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Rated: R - Runtime: 179 min
tesg's Rating: Three and one half stars (out of four)

Now THIS is Scorsese.  Top to bottom, beginning to end, just freaking great.  You may start thinking about comparing it to "American Hustle", but ten minutes in you'll have completely forgotten "American Hustle" and will be comparing it to "Casino".

Thursday, January 2, 2014

American Hustle (2013)

Rated: R - Runtime: 129 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

I was really looking forward to this.  A great cast and a script and direction from the guy who brought us "Silver Linings Playbook".

And it was...okay.  Scorsese Lite, if anything.  But I'd hoped for more.