If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend an evening, might I suggest avoiding the cineplex. There are a few worth seeing that you can watch from the comfort of your home. Here’s what’s out:
If you can believe it, it has been 10 years since the film was first released. If you have a child or grandchild younger than 16, this is a brand new and charming film. It’s a 9.
And moving on to the adult portion of our programming…Quentin Tarantino’s most recent effort about a runaway slave bent on revenge, and his wife’s rescue is a trademark action-packed gore-fest. This film is a satisfying, brilliantly acted and almost comically violent story. It’s an 8.
Oz the Great and Powerful
There are a handful of films Hollywood has collectively agreed should not--or perhaps could not--ever be remade. The Wizard of Oz is one of them. That being said, this is an inoffensive, and at times charming, attempt. It’s a 7.
Silver Linings Playbook
This moving romantic comedy (romantic dra-medy?) follows Pat (Bradley Cooper), a bipolar wreck trying to get his life on track and win back his estranged wife. When an equally imbalanced widow, Tiffany (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence), recruits him to help her compete in a ballroom dancing competition, life takes him in a new direction. It’s an 8.
This is Forty
This darkly real comedy about the life married 40-year-olds tackles the joys and frustrations of family, financial burdens and getting older. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann spin off their Knocked Up roles and are joined by a talented supporting cast that includes John Lithgow and Albert Brooks. It’s a 7.
This film was not particularly well reviewed, but I quite enjoyed this noir period piece about L.A. cops battling a newly entrenched crime syndicate. Ryan Gosling is, as always, mesmerizing as a vigilante cop wooing mobster Mickey Cohen’s (Sean Penn) mistress (Emma Stone). It’s a 6.