Movies of the Week–March 18, 2013

 

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Our Movies of the Week selection spans any genre from any of the decades in film history, so don’t be put off if you see something in the list below that you’ve already viewed. It’s a collection of must-see’s for those who haven’t, and perhaps a see-it-again for those who’re looking to relive memories.

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Action/Thriller/Suspense Flick

Zero Dark Thirty [2012]

It’s a sad fact the Academy of Motion Pictures didn’t give Kathryn Bigelow enough credit for a film as awesome as this one. In addition to stirring controversy in real-life, what with blatant references to the CIA having its agents water-boarding suspects in their attempt to learn the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, the movie opens your eyes to a possible truth. With ace scene-timing, perfect plot-balance and a fast paced action run, Zero Dark Thirty is a brilliant piece of filmmaking where the capture of Osama Bin Laden is outlined in ideal detail and where Jessica Chastain’s lead actress role as Maya is nothing short of superb. With about 10 years of research going into this film centered around an American Special Forces team (Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6) pulling off a successful capture of the notorious international terrorist (in May 2011), the power behind the storyline lies in how one person can make the biggest change, all because they stuck to what they believed was right.

Chick Flick

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower [2012]

The girl who attained international fame playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise stars in this flick filled with emotion, passion, teen-drama and the troubles kids face these days. Logan Lerman plays Charlie, Emma Watson fills the role of Sam and together with a third friend, Ezra Miller playing Patrick, and other famous names including Paul Rudd Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh and Nina Dobrev, this is one meaningful movie you may shed a tear through.

Animation Flick

Brave [2012]

With dazzling direction by Mark Andrews and a movie that indeed deserved its Best Animated Feature Oscar win, Brave follows the story of a young girl named Merida (Kelly McDonald) whose dreams of freedom, independence and unrestrained self-expression finds an obstacle in her mother Elinor (Emma Thompson) who feels she needs to take life seriously. Circumstances lead Mom, the Queen of her clan, to be transformed into a bear, an animal hunted with a vengeance by said clan, with Merida having a hand to play in the transformation even happening. On the run, trying-to-keep-calm Mom and guilt-ridden daughter learn there’s more to life than following only their own desires for what’s needed to live it and that often bravery is something you find when you try to look at the world through someone else’s eyes.

Comedy Flick

Ted [2012]

Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett) and Mila Kunis (Lori Collins) star in this hilariously mature comedy where the surprise addition of a teddy bear coming to life in modern society due a heartfelt wish made by John Bennett when he was a kid sees him getting a best friend who means the world to him. Ted (Seth MacFarlane) is a ridiculously awesome character who, despite his vulgar nature, you can’t help but fall in love with. However, John’s love life is being affected by his closest friend being his own immature self. What happens when a best friendship more than two decades in the making is threatened by a fresh relationship? And what happens when danger besets Ted who finds his all too real existence at an end? With plenty of humor as well as some drama thrown in for good measure, this is one movie you won’t come out of the same.

Fantasy Flick

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]

Peter Jackson has done it again. Communicating the magnificence of Middle-Earth through a tale that preceded that of the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit takes you through a tumultuous time in Middle-Earth when the Dragon Smaug threatens the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor under the Lonely Mountain, drawn there by the allure of gold stacked high and mighty by the dwarf lords. Following the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Frodo’s uncle) played by Martin Freeman, you’ll find Gandalf (Ian McKellan) playing his signature role with new faces that include Richard Armitage playing Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf prince, and a bunch of his followers, each of whom bring out the charm Tolkien wielded when he wrote the book. With Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) performing a small but important role, and with Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) as well as Saruman (Christopher Lee) and not to forget Gollum (Andy Serkis) playing very important roles, this movie has our heroes facing up to the Orc threat led by the pale Orc Azog (Manu Bennet) and a whole horde of other Middle-Earth dangers. This flick lives up to its name extension ‘an unexpected journey’ because the awesomeness with which it starts, progresses and ends is nothing but an unexpected dose of awesomeness where most fantasy sequels of this caliber have met with failure..

Musical Flick

Les Miserables [2012]

With stellar performances by Anne Hathaway playing Fantine and taking home the supporting actress Oscar for her performance, as well as superb acting by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, this is one musical that will sweep you away into pre-Revolution France where everything wasn’t perfect as the hurt and pain inside people’s hearts will testify through song. Brought to life by the ace directorial skills of Tom Hooper who made this already infamous musical live up to its gold status, you’re sure to enjoy this flick with all your soul. Additionally starring Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and others, be sure to expect a graceful ride through very real states of life.

Horror Flick

The Possession [2012]

When you have a horror movie that’s made based on a true story you’re bound to feel that genuine touch of fear fictional horror movies don’t often provide. Starring the talents of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Clyde) and Kyra Sedgwick (Stephanie) in the role of divorced Dad and Mom to two girls Hannah (Madison Davenport) and Em (Natasha Calis), this movie has some nice credibility where family settings like these are concerned. Drawing them into chaos is an ordinary garage sale during which Em comes into ownership of a lovely etched box of Jewish origin. Inside is purported to reside a Dybbuk, a sort of vengeful sprit (you’ll find History speaks of it in the authentic sense) that soon starts to possess the girl. The balance with which this movie is taken leaves little room for obvious and deliberate ‘loud noises’ intended to scare you. Instead it takes you through the experiences (at least most of it) as it happened in the lives of the actual family that went through this frightening phase of their lives still held false by skeptics.

Drama Flick

Lincoln [2012]

Portraying one of the most amazing men in the world and also a man who shaped America in a time before the Civil War broke out, Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Oscar playing the charming, enigmatic, determined and inspiring personality of Abraham Lincoln. In the role of his supportive wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, is Sally Field whose extraordinary performance got her nominated for best actress. With other stars like Tommy Lee Jones (performing Thaddeus Stevens to stunning perfection) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (playing Abraham’s son Robert Lincoln with smart realism), among other admirable actors, and with Director Steven Spielberg at the helm, this is a movie that’s sure to inspire, thrill, teach and elevate your very soul. To leave you with a small reminder of a very powerful truth, here’s one of Lincoln’s most infamous words… "Euclid’s first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. That’s a rule of mathematical reasoning and its true because it works—has done and always will do. In his book Euclid says this is self evident. You see, there it is, even in that 2000-year old book of mechanical law, it is a self evident truth that things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other."

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