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  • 1. ALL IS LOST:

    I can’t believe that Robert Redford was passed over for an Oscar Nomination for this film, which received one Golden Globe for music.  A complete one-man show in which there are no other characters, and virtually no dialogue, Redford’s character is sailing solo in the Indian Ocean when, during the night while he sleeps, his vessel hits a wayward shipping container and begins to take on water.  This begins a trial for survival in which it is one man against the sea.  No other people, no other ships, nothing.  A fabulous, Oscar-worthy acting job!! Rated 14A.

  • 2. ENDER’S GAME:

    Based on the best-selling young adult series of novels, this sci-fi thriller has a great story with an even greater twist at the end.  Asa Butterfield (Hugo) is terrific as the young space cadet who is tagged to try to save the universe in a battle with an alien race.  Harrison Ford is his mentor, and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is the love interest, to the extent that a teenage boy can take that seriously. The book by Orson Scott Card is treated with significant reverence here.  Excellent film! Rated PG.   

  • 3. DIANA:

    Unfortunately, because of the spate of Oscar contenders in theatres before Christmas, this biopic focusing on the final two years of the life of Diana, the former Princess of Wales, got shunted into the background.  For Royal watchers, and Diana lovers, Naomi Watts does a superb job as the woman many called Prince Charles’ brood mare.  This film looks at her relationship with her last love, Dodi El Fayed (Cas Anvar)?  No, it’s Dr. Hasnat Khan played by  Naveen Andrews (Said on Lost),a Pakistani heart surgeon. Some surprises here as history is somewhat revised for the screen. Rated 14A.

  • 1. TRANCE (2013):  

    A new movie with an Oscar-winning director and a strong cast shows up this week, but it’s story is so high-concept as to be almost impossible to explain.  Danny Boyle (Slum Dog Millionaire) directed this story of a man named Simon (James McAvoy) who pulls a major art heist stealing a priceless painting.  In the process, he suffers a blow to the head and afterwards cannot remember where he hid the painting.  What would you do?  Rosario Dawson also stars.  An excellent thriller in the tradition of Hitchcock. Rated 14A.

     

    2. EPIC (2013):

    A better than average animated feature in which a young girl whose father spends all his time with his science, his botany, feels abandoned and ignored.  Suddenly, she finds herself shrunken down to a tiny size and is pushed into a battle with tiny forest folk who are trying to save their world.  Voices of Colin Farrell and Josh Hutcherson. Rated PG.

     

    3. TOWER HEIST (2011):

    Ben Stiller is an everyman who, along with his friends, gets taken for all he has by a con man (Alan Alda) and it’s up to his crew to get back what’s owed them.  A pretty good comedy-drama!  Rated 14A.

     

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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