Due to popular demand, here are the films currently in release that I recommend:
My Week with Marilyn
Michelle Williams has become an Oscar frontrunner with her stirring portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. The film spans a brief period in 1956 when the starlet travels to London to film The Princess and the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier. There, the unbalanced Marilyn develops a brief but impactful attachment to a young crew member named Colin Clark. It’s a 9.
Like many of George Clooney’s movies, this fails to live up to the hype. Nevertheless, it is a very entertaining film. Clooney plays an indifferent father trying to reconnect with his daughters and cope with his wife’s serious boating accident—all while tracking down her lover. It’s a 7.
After a deserving child is overlooked by Santa due to a clerical error, it’s up to young Arthur to get the present delivered. This is a heartwarming animated family film. It’s a 7.
When you think Martin Scorsese, a touching family adventure film is probably not what leaps to mind. Here; however, he takes on the subject deftly. This film is the story of a little boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in the 1930s. Hugo is trying to unlock the secret of a curious robot-like creature, while evading the station master determined to send Hugo to an orphanage. It’s an 8.
This Clint Eastwood-directed film is burdened by trying to take on too much material, as well as laughable aging makeup on the actors. Nevertheless, the acting and the story depicting the remarkable life of the first head of the F.B.I. make the film worth the price of the ticket. It’s a 7.
Brad Pitt shines as Billy Beane, manager of the cash-strapped Oakland A’s. When he meets a young statistical whiz named Peter Brand, the two reinvent the way a baseball team is put together. It’s an 8.
The Ides of March
Ryan Gosling is brilliant in this engaging political thriller centering on a naïve campaign manager about to learn how the game is played. It’s a 9.
Midnight in Paris
If you’re one of the three people who hasn’t seen this delightfully original Woody Allen comedy about a jammed-up writer who stumbles on a magical part of Paris, it’s still showing in a few theaters around town. It’s a 9.