Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs, so it's refreshing to see a movie about moms getting a break. The laughs in this film are refreshing, hilarious and appropriate for all audiences. Seeing one of my favorite TV moms, Patricia Heaton (ABC’s "The Middle"), was a nice bonus. If you're looking for the perfect girls'/moms' movie night, then grab the popcorn and prepare to be entertained.
Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, this satirical send-up of the rom-com will make you smile, laugh and cringe; when director David Wain gets it right you’ll do all three at the same time. I really enjoyed Wain's send-up of the summer-camp genre, Wet Hot American Summer, and he hits this genre just as hard.
Draft Day is what Costner does best: it's a "day in the life," a man coming into his own, a struggle with family, love and career set in the guise of sports. The story is by the book, with a few little twists to keep it interesting. If you enjoy pro sports and the wheeling and dealing of Moneyball, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this start to the football season.
I love movies that give you a chance to wrestle with interesting and complex topics. Such is the case with God's Not Dead, a film about an atheist professor who's challenged by a student who believes in God. It's a very thought-provoking film, and an excellent catalyst for lively discussion with friends. No matter what your personal viewpoint is, it will engage your brain.
With a career devoted to revenge, Nicolas Cage is in his element here. If you enjoyed movies like 3 Days to Kill or the Taken franchise, you’ll enjoy Rage. There’s a twist that makes it a little different from a typical revenge tale, and even when it’s over-the-top and the action seems implausible, Cage brings it all together.
Halle Berry is amazing as Frankie, a go-go dancer with multiple personalities, including a 7-year-old girl and a racist named Alice. Based on true events, Berry's emotional performance makes every moment a revelation. The viewer is allowed inside her troubling world, and it's a fascinating journey.
A psychological thriller with a sci-fi twist. Mark Strong portrays a “memory detective” who enters his subjects' minds to unlock clues to the cases he's working on. When he enters the mind of the extremely talented and deeply disturbed Anna (Taissa Farmiga), it turns into a game of cat and mouse. The two leads carry this movie, and the interaction between them gives it weight.
Imagine confronting someone who brutalized you years before. That's the subject of this exceptional drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. When Firth discovers that the man who mistreated him in a WWII labor camp is still alive, he journeys to confront him. It's a powerful and intense film, and even though the subject matter made it difficult to watch at times, it was one of the best films I’ve seen this year.