by Sandie Neri
Who has the time to see every movie at the theater as soon as it opens? We’re busy! So we have to play catch up, and thanks to cable, Red Box, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and your local library…we can! Here are a few titles worth catching up with….
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Two strangers who have both been mentally and emotionally damaged, cross paths and learn to cope with their experiences. While the suffering of mental disorders is no laughing matter, this film does find a few moments of levity. A great story, excellent stars and supporting cast add up to a film well worth catching.
My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne
Based on true events, the film takes place when Marilyn Monroe was in her heyday, and filming in London for the first time. A young man who becomes an assistant on the set of the film, earns Marilyn’s affections and steals his heart. Actress Michelle Williams does a great job at portraying Marilyn in the film, and I am deeply impressed that she was brave enough to take on such an iconic role. You don’t have to be a huge fan of Marilyn to enjoy or appreciate this film, the story, acting and pace make this film a delight. Seeing Marilyn through the eyes of this young man, we see her at her high and low points, and sheds some light on the woman…not just the star.
Lawless (2012) – Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf
This film is based on true events. Three brothers, living in Virginia in the 1930s, are bootleggers (pretty much like everyone in their county). When the government tries to control the bootlegging, corrupt officials try to take a piece of the brothers profits. This film is very well written, well directed and packed with talent. Although this is a dramatic film, there are two subplots that are romantic and add balance to the dark, sinister tones.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – Starring; Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln
Fore score…and seven vampires ago? Yeah, I thought the same thing when I heard this film portrays Abraham Lincoln…as a vampire hunter. I thought “no way is that concept gonna work”…. But it does. The film has some gore, action, and a storyline that keeps you interested throughout. The casting choices are spot on, especially Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln. There are some great visual effects, and set designs.