Category Archives: Drama

Hector and the Search for Happiness

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Writers: Maria von Heland (screenplay), Peter Chelsom(screenplay) François Lelord(Novel)  Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jordan Schartner  Run time/Rating: 114 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:Medium Popcorn with Butter The concept of happiness and it’s meaning, or the pursuit of is nothing new to cinema, stories, or our thoughts we all have every […]

Begin Again

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.  (IMDB) Writer:   John Carney Director:  John Carney Stars:  Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine Run time/Rating:  104 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Ahhhhh, what a nice summer movie.  This is what the […]

The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.  (IMDB) Writers:   Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort(book) Director:  Martin Scorsese Stars:    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Run time/Rating:  180 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter It took […]

Nebraska

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (IMDB) Writer: Bob Nelson Director: Alexander Payne Stars:  Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb Run time/Rating:  115 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter As my lovely wife and I began […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  (IMDB

Academy Award Best Short Films, Animated

I have always enjoyed seeing the Academy Award Nominated Short Films.  For many of you who do not realize, the academy puts all 5 animated shorts, live action shorts, and documentary shorts together as one collection and plays them as a single showing in Theaters across the country leading up the Oscars.  I always find […]

Gravity

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (IMDB) Writers:   Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón, Director:   Alfonso Cuarón Stars:  Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Run time/Rating:  91 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn There is no doubt that the greatest achievements in Gravity are the visual effects and […]

Philomena

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  (IMDB) Writers:   Steve Coogan(screenplay), Jeff Pope(screenplay), Martin Sixsmith(Book) Director:  Stephen Frears Stars:   Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ […]

12 Years a Slave

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (IMDB) Writers:  John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by) Director:  Steve McQueen Stars:   Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Run time/Rating:  134 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn After Steve McQueen solidified his […]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (IMDB) Writers:   Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt(screenplay) Susan Collins(Novel) Director:   Francis Lawrence Stars:   Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Run time/Rating:  146 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn It didn’t take more than […]

Robot and Frank

Frank receives a gift from his son that he refuses to accept until he realizes that it can be used to help him with his old criminal ways. Writer:  Christopher D. Ford Director:  Jake Schreier Stars:  Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon Run time/Rating:  89 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Robot and Frank is one of […]

Disconnect

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world. (IMDB) Writer: Andrew Stern Director:  Henry Alex Rubin Stars: Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard. Andrea Riseborough,  Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton Run time/Rating:  115 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Despite the number of times my wife and I discussed […]

Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.. (IMDB) Writers:  Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell Director:  Peter Berg Stars:  Mark […]

Blue Jasmine

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love… (IMDB) Writer:  Woody Allen Director:  Woody Allen Stars:  Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter This […]

Don Jon

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (IMDB) Writer:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Director:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stars:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore Run time/Rating:  90 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn My desire to like “Don Jon” […]

Searching for Sugar Man

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. (IMDB) Writers:  Malik Bendjelloul, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman Director:  Malik Bendjelloul Stars:  Sixto Rodriguez, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman, Dennis Coffey Run time/Rating:  86 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn This quick Popcorn Review was taken from the Top Ten Movies of […]

End of Watch

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (IMDB) Writers:  David Ayer Director:  David Ayer Stars:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick Run time/Rating:  109 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn This quick Popcorn […]

The Great Gastby

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor (IMDB) Writers:  Baz Luhrmann (screenplay), Craig Pearce (screenplay), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Novel) Director:  Baz Luhrmann Stars:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton Run time/Rating:  143 Minutes/ Pg-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter I love Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, it is a masterpiece […]

Pain & Gain

A trio of bodybuilders in Miami get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. (IMDB) Writers:  Christopher Markus ,Stephen McFeely Director:  Michael Bay Stars:  Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie Run time/Rating  129 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn More often than not when people ask about a movie, they […]

What Maisie Knew

A bitter custody battle of two self obsessed parents is shown through the eyes of the little girl who is the prize. Writers:  Nancy Doyne (screenplay), Carroll Cartwright (screenplay), Henry James (Novel) Directors:  Scott McGehee, David Siegel Stars:  Onata Aprile, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgård Run time/Rating:  99 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Obviously not all movies are meant […]

42

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. (IMDB) Writer:  Brian Helgeland Director:  Brian Helgeland Stars:  Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford Run time/Rating:  120 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter It is incredibly timely that the movie “42” comes out […]

Zero Dark Thirty

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (IMDB) Writer:  Mark Boal Director:  Kathryn Bigelow Stars:  Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler Run time/Rating:  135 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn I may be  […]

Flight

An alcohol dependent pilot miraculously crash lands his plane but comes under fire once it is found out that he was drunk during the flight.  With a brilliant performance from Denzel Washington in a hard to swallow film. Writer:  John Gatins Director:  Robert Zemeckis Stars:  Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez and Don Cheadle Run time/Rating:  138 Minutes/ R Popcorn […]

Silver Lingings Playbook

A genius but unlikely comedy about mental illness, death, dance, sports and love that is one of the best movies of the year with 3 performances that are such a pleasure to watch. Writers:  David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (Novel) Director:  David O. Russell Stars:  Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro Run time/Rating:  122 Minutes/ […]

Stranger Than Fiction

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (IMDB) Writer:  Zach Helm Director:  Marc Forster Stars:  Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman Runtime/Raiting:  113 Minutes/ PG -13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with […]

Defendor

Writer:  Peter Stebbings Director:  Peter Stebbings Stars:  Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings and Sandra Oh Runtime/Rating:  101 Minutes/R Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter Defendor is yet another Indie drama that is poorly marketed and sets the audience up with completely incorrect expectations resulting in tremendous disappointment.  This movie is not a Comedy.  Unfortunately, by the time that you realize that, […]

Lincoln

As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (IMDB) Writers:  Tony Kushner (Screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (Book) Director:  Steven Spielberg Stars:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn Runtime/Rating:  149 […]

The Seventh Seal

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (IMDB) Writer:  Ingmar Bergman Director:  Ingmar Bergman Stars:  Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand and Bengt Ekerot Runtime/Rating:  97 Minutes/NR Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter “Faith is a torment. It is […]

Argo

A biographical thriller involving a  joint CIA and Canadian Government secret operation to extract six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1980 Iranian Crisis. Writer:  Chris Terrio Director:  Ben Affleck Stars:  Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, Alan Arkin Runtime/Raiting:  120 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter I cannot thank President Bill Clinton enough for declassifying the […]

Hugo

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.  (IMDB) Director:  Martin Scorsese Writers:  John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book) Stars:  Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen Runtime/Rating:  126 Minutes/ PG Popcorn […]