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Movie Review: DVD Update - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

Movie Review: DVD Update

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 pm

As we near the end of Hollywood’s self-proclaimed dead time (why on earth one exists is a question for another day) movie goers approach the Cineplex with the caution of a squirrel. And much like that squirrel, you may discover that the treat is not where you left it. So if you aren’t interested in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to convince everyone that he’s 45, or witnessing a lot of teen drama—both on screen and in the audience—you may want to wait a few more weeks before venturing back to the big screen. Here’s what’s new and interesting:

The Oscar Nominees

Most of the best picture nominees have been out for weeks if not months. These are April’s offerings:

Gravity

What was Tina Fey’s joke? The movie that proves George Clooney would rather float off to an agonizing death in space than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.

American Hustle

A delightful homage to '70s style, and a fairly engaging take on the Abscam operation.

12 Years a Slave

The Best Picture winner, the film chronicles the gruesome story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man abducted into slavery in the prewar south.

Philomena

A bittersweet story of loss and closure, the film follows Philomena and a young reporter as she tries to locate the child she was forced to adopt as an unwed teen in Ireland.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Greed, sex, theft, corruption, scams, drugs, prostitutes, coercion, violence, infidelity and insider trading, and that’s just the first hour.

Family Friendly

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A heartwarming adventure tale about a lonely photo editor, Walter (Ben Stiller) who goes in search of a lost picture.

Saving Mr. Banks

Surprisingly overlooked by the Academy, the film is the charming tale of Walt Disney’s attempts to gain the rights to P.L. Travers' classic Mary Poppins.

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