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imitation gameThe Imitation Game

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode  Directed by: Morten Tyldum

A basic retelling of the ‘Enigma’ challenge of World War II.  The Germans were winning and the English recruited the best minds to figure out how to break their communication code.  Alan Turing a British national who was a genius was able to figure out how to break this code while inventing the beginnings of the computer.  The movie was compelling and once again the German lost the war.  The acting was excellent and certainly worth seeing.

I gave it 3 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

unbroken_ver4_xlgUnbroken

Starring:Matthew Crocker, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund. Directed by: Angelina Jolie

We follow the life of Louis Zamperini who in his youth was bullied because of his Italian heritage.  His brother encouraged him to become a runner which took him to the Olympics where he became a champion. Upon entering WWII his plane was shot down and he managed to survive at sea only to be captured by the Japanese.  His strong fortitude helped him through the prison camps where he developed the reputation of not being able to be broken by the camp leaders.  One had to be impressed with Zamperini and his indomitable  spirit.  The acting was excellent.  It did seem to run a bit long.  But it was well worth seeing.

I gave it 3 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

american sniperAmerican Sniper

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Bradley Cooper, Salah Salea, Kyle Gallner, Ben Reed.

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s ability to shoot a rifle with unparalleled accuracy earned him the nickname ‘The Legend’ by his fellow soldiers.  This was by far the most riveting movie I saw this year.  Bradly Cooper’s acting was superb as well as Clint Eastwood’s direction.  We were able to be in the war zones of Iraq seeing exactly what this sniper experienced. Kyle finished 4 tours of Iraq before realizing that he needed to be home with his wife and children.  It is a must see.

I gave it 4 out of 4 stars

 

 

interviewThe Interview

Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Lizzy Caplan Directed by: Evan Goldberg

After all of the hoopla about this movie I actually was surprised.  I didn’t expect much and actually hadn’t planned on seeing it, but curiosity got the best of me.  It is exactly as the trailers that we have been seeing for the past 4 months has depicted.  They manage to get to North Korea and James Franco’s character forms a temporary bond with the Korean dictator.  Of course the good guys win at the end.  It is worth renting as there are some funny parts.

I gave it 2 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

Foxcatcher_First_Teaser_PosterFoxcatcher

Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Directed by Bennett Miller.

Steve Carell plays the role of John Du Pont a weird billionaire who has aspirations of training the US Wrestling team for the Olympics.  He recruits the Shultz brothers, Mark and Dave to help him realize his dream.  Things to awry when the younger Mark and Du Pont have a falling out and Dave is left to help Du Pont.Things fall apart because of Du Pont’s instability.  Steve Carell was excellent in this out of character role for him and of course Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo rose to the occasion.

The movie was interesting but did drag at times.

I gave it 2.5 out of 4 stars

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