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Mon, 07-15-2013 - 1:39pm

Seen a good movie lately? Tell us about it!

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Wed, 07-17-2013 - 11:39am

DS20 and I went to see Despicable Me 2 last week - what a hoot! I'd definitely recommend it as the kind you can just turn your brain off and enjoy.

I'm always getting DVDs from the library.  I'm not usually a Keira Knightley fan, nor a fan of 'artsy' movies, but honestly I felt she did very well in Anna Karenina.  I'm a huge Luther fan (BBC show) and was surprised to realize the one character was 'Alice' from Luther. Again very versatile.

I usually see 3 or so movies/week via the library, which means they're usually within the year from release (new ones) - for creepy, I'd say skip Mama, but Sinister wasn't bad.  I tried Cloud Atlas but just couldn't get into it and quit about 20 minutes in. Saw Oz at the theater - meh.

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 5:26pm

We recently watched "Quartet" which was pleasant but not as good or entertaining as I had expected or hoped it would be.  It's quite low-key - simple story, set in Britain and features a lot of the familiar British elder actors and actresses, including the ever delightful Maggie Smith.  I actually thought they (the four major characters) would sing together as the 'quartet' they were brought together in the story to be.  But it seems that (in reality) they are not talented singers, so it was just that they were 'supposed to be' and so that we were not shown them singing in the film, but rather you 'heard' them (supposedly) singing at the very end with a shot of the manor retirement home these older singers and musicians lived in during that bit of singing.

Would I recommend it?  Sure, as a nice bit of story but nothing outstanding...still, not a waste of time either.

Shirley

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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 8:11pm

Rented Hope Springs from Redbox.  One reason I waited to see it instead of paying theatre prices is I had a feeling that I would either love it or hate it.  It ended up being that later.   Even though I knew how it would end it was very depressing getting there. 

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Sun, 07-28-2013 - 11:33am

We rented the movie "Looper" yesterday.  This was Dh's choice...I vaguely knew what it was about - I wasn't that interested in seeing it, but went along with Dh's choice this time.  Normally we have similar tastes in movies but occasionally he wants to see something more on the 'macho' action type movies guys like!  Anyway this movie sure had enough shoot-em-up scenes.  The story premise is rather confusing - stuff about a time machine having been created in the 'future' but which is outlawed and oh I couldn't even begin to describe the story!  It's kind of nuts and hard to understand - or so I found.  Marginally it's entertaining but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. 

Shirley

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Sun, 07-28-2013 - 7:59pm

Saw Stand-Up Guys on Amazon the other day. Pacino, Walken, ALAN Arkin. You see Pacino standing next to Walken, and MAN is Pacino short.  That was worth the price of admission all by itself.  Not as bad as some reviews said, funny, exciting in spots, and brought a tear to my eye.  We are currently watching the Netflix series House of Cards. Very political, but VERY interesting. Better than Boss--not as soapy.

Last week saw Stallone in Bullet to the Head.  Very violent, but entertaining.  Also saw Schwartzenegger in Last Stand.  Very violent, but in such a cartoonish way, you didn't mind.  Also VERY funny.  Ah-nold loves his one-liners, and the movie does not take itself seriously. Liked it a LOT. 

Looking forward to RED 2.  The first one was much better than I thought it would be.  Also "Grudge Match" which pits Deniro (Raging Bull) against Stallone (Rocky), in a grudge boxing match, 50!!! years after the first one.

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Sun, 08-04-2013 - 9:50am

Not very often I can weigh in on movies-we have the most underused DVD player in the WORLD!

However, as part of our anniversary celebration we went to see RED2. Mike & Adam saw RED in the theatre, enjoyed it & got the DVD so Adam could see it again & share it with me.(his dvd player got used a lot). And RED 2 was definitely worth it-I would recommend seeing it.

Nora

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Thu, 08-22-2013 - 8:43am

Watched Quartet over the weekend - it was poignant, funny, sad...very well done.  I definitely recommend it.

Right now I'm watching Spies of Warsaw (via the library; was on tv but I'd missed it) with David Tennant - it's good but a bit slow for me.

Sue

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Sat, 09-07-2013 - 12:03pm

We rented and watched "Guilt Trip" last night.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, as it didn't receive such good reviews when it came out in the theater.  Barbara Streisand (the mother) wasn't as obnoxious as I thought she would be as a kind of nagging mother, and Seth Rogan (playing her adult son) did a good job of acting as the quietly long-suffering son.  I found myself laughing out loud to much of it and also it was touching in parts too.  So I would say it's worth a watch!

Shirley

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Sun, 09-08-2013 - 2:06pm

Watched Last Stand (Arnold Schwarzenegger) yesterday - what a dumb movie - gratuitous violence and hick humor. Sorry I wasted my time.

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Wed, 09-11-2013 - 9:13am

Tried 56 Up; interesting premise but I wasn't that interested in the movie - maybe if I was a social anthropologist. 

Also tried Lore - too heartwrenching for me to go beyond the first half hour!

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