Django Unchained

An old Western ride through the carnage of the Antebellum South. Rating: The cinematography is too good not to be seen on the big screen.

Hammerle Oscar Nomination Commentary

As many of you know, the Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow morning. Since shame is not one of my personal weaknesses, I care about these nominations for reasons better off not discussed.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

There is magic with any journey that begins in The Shire, particularly if Gollum lurks. Rating: Needs to be seen at the IMAX if possible, but at least in 3D.

Hitchcock

Director Sasha Gervasi’s Hitchcock is a cinematic lesson as to why certain good movies center on thought as much as emotion. Every now and then a director remembers that there are adults in… Continue reading

Anna Karenina (2012)

If you’re going to have an extra-marital affair, it usually helps to have a good reason, even if imaginary. Also, try to step up, not down. Rating: Can be seen anywhere if you… Continue reading

Smashed

Wouldn’t Smashed have made a better January movie where you could see it following a desperate New Year’s resolution designed to improve your personal habits? Rating: Cannot be seen anywhere while using alcohol… Continue reading

Killing Them Softly

This is a film that is far more intellectually stimulating than visually exciting. Good deeds or bad deeds, they all get punished if the price is right. Rated: Can be seen at home… Continue reading

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

If you really want to see a good vampire movie, then go watch Tim Burton’s comic understated joy, Dark Shadows, which starred Johnny Depp. Rating: This is a film better seen at home… Continue reading

Lincoln

An historical drama that is as entertaining as it is educationally rewarding. Should be required viewing in all history classes across this nation.