Fellow Movie Buffs

Friday, December 28, 2012

"Holiday Engagement"

Thirty-something Hillary has spent her whole life trying to please her demanding mother. Just before Thanksgiving, she breaks up with her well-to-do- fiancee. Rather than disappoint her mom one more time, she hires an actor to play her fiancee, whom the family has never met. Of course, hilarity ensues. All kinds of mix-ups and cover-ups. Obviously, it's not a very deep movie, but I though it was a fun diversion. A fun movie to watch with the whole family.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, December 20, 2012


What a perfect Christmas movie. It's about the lives of five people who are faced with spending Christmas alone. It's one of those films where several lives are interconnected. Noel stars Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams, Paul Walker, and Alan Arkin. Be sure to have the tissues close by. I'm just a sucker for tearjerkers like this.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Michelle Williams plays a housewife who loses her husband and son in a terrorist attack at a soccer match while she's having an affair. She's guilt-ridden and struggles to cope with her loss. This is a powerful film and is difficult to watch at times. But Ms Williams gives an absolutely riveting performance. I really can't believe she's not in more movies. What a rare talent. This is a film well worth watching.
4 stars out of 5

Friday, December 7, 2012


If you like bank heist movies, this one's a lot of fun. A group of young robbers are into all kinds of extreme sports. They're constantly in training and plot one outrageous robbery after another with the cops breathing down their necks. Like most heist movies, you find yourself rooting for them. It features lots of plot twists and exciting chase scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire movie. About the only negative comments are that some of the dialog is a bit corny and the acting isn't always great. But it is a fun ride!
3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


After their mother dies, a twin brother and sister are left instructions that they have to deliver a letter to their father and brother, whom they no nothing about. They travel to the middle-east where their mother's life and her secrets are revealed. This is a very powerful film and not for the squeamish--there is plenty of violence, as it takes place in a war-torn Lebanon in the mid-1970s. The film jumps back and forth between the present day and the war years. When the truth is revealed near the end of the film, it's truly a "whoa" moment. Some scenes will haunt you for days.

4 stars out of 5