Recent Movie Reviews

5 Star Movies - "must see"

"The King's Speech" (2010) R -- Brilliant movie, acting, music. -- 16 years up.

"3 Idiots" (2009) PG13 -- Funny remake of "Paper Chase" from India.  Really a 4-star because it needed more editing, but everyone should see good foreign movies. -- 14 years up.

4 Star Movies - "should see"

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2012) PG-13 -- We had the disk sitting at home for a month.  I had to want to step into the pain of 9-11.  We finally watched it without really wanting to.  We watched to move our hearts closer to true humanness.  Please watch it to share not only in the human pain but the human beauty that can arise from such darkness.  9-11 is the story of humanity.  It is a beautiful and difficult movie - please watch it. -- 13 years up.

"Arabian Nights" (2000) PG -- It is really a 2-episode TV movie.  The two episodes do a very credible presentation of the ancient adventure book "One Thousand and One Nights".  It has the frame story of the Sultan and his wife, Scheherazade, as well as several of the more famous folkstories of the English translation of "1001 Nights" -- 13 years up.

"The Big Year" (2011) PG -- good for nature lovers, great for birders -- 12 years up.

"The Muppets" (2011) PG -- great feel-good movie with quirky humor -- 7 years up.

"Little Big Soldier" (2010) PG13 -- great Chinese movie written and produced by Jackie Chan presenting a bit of Chinese history -- 13 years up for violence.

"Shaolin" (2011) R -- another great movie with Jackie Chan.  He receives 4th billing.  It is great to see a superstar age humbly in their career.  The movie is one of the best traditional Chinese martial arts movies you will.  It is violent, but the heart of the story is good. --- 17 years up for violence and gore.

"We Bought a Zoo" (2011) PG -- great family movie for kids and parents.  -- 8 years up.

3 Star Movies - "Ok to see"

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) R -- Strange, interesting.  Warns couples about words and wishes. -- 18 years up.

"Cars 2" (2011) G -- good family movie.  It is only OK for a Pixar. -- 4 years up.

"Iron Lady" (2011) PG13 -- good historical movie, Meryl Streep is great. -- 15 years up.

2 Star Movies - "pass"

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) PG -- interesting visually, but lost in amoral wilderness -- 16 years up.

1 Star Movies - "avoid"

"Waking Ned Divine" (1998) PG -- a comedy with a few hilarious visual jokes, but it is a pointless movie that condones fraud. -- 16 years up.

0 Star Movies - "kills brain cells"