Blue Jasmine (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 Woody Allen’s yearly appointment takes the form of a Cate Blanchett-driven study of a woman dancing on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Jasmine (Blanchett) finds refuge at her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) apartment after her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) committed suicide. The latter, also a notorious philanderer, was arrested…

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The Monuments Men (2014)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 George Clooney produces, writes, directs and stars in this film, based on a true story, about a band of likeable brothers who storm Europe in order to salvage works of art from the nefarious grasp of the Nazis. The end of World War II is nigh but Frank Stokes (Clooney)…

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Diary of a Weepy Kid: her (2013)

Theodore’s face takes over the entire screen. He’s looking directly at us, eyes brimming with emotion: To my Chris, I have been thinking about how I could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. I remember when I first started to fall in love with you like it was last night. Lying naked…

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American Hustle (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 David O Russell’s film is a stylish caper set during the 1970s, with a cast so consistently brilliant that you might want to borrow Christian Bale’s shades lest your brain melts. Irving Rosenberg (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are two con artists who besides being business partners are…

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Money for Something: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

It is tempting to see Martin Scorsese’s new film as an indictment of the consumerist/capitalist culture, a morality play tragedy whose hero becomes the villain and has his comeuppance. But in doing so one would be missing the bigger picture, the one that Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) exploits so adroitly. The real Jordan Belfort…

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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦 James Wan’s Insidious (2011) was a fun film that winked at and thrived on established ghost story tropes. However, this second chapter is a clumsily executed back flip. Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) still believes that the entity which tried to kidnap her son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is still at large. Her…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 The second installment of The Hunger Games series (three books and four films) is a riveting dystopian thriller that leaves other, bigger blockbusters released in 2013 in the dust. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is back in District 12 after having won the previous year’s edition of The Hunger Games. But as her…

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