Movies from January

This year I thought I’d try something different and post about the movies I’ve recently seen on a monthly basis, rather than doing one big list at the end of the year. I guess we’ll see how it works out.

Eastern Promises [4/5] [Amazon]

David Cronenberg’s latest, Eastern Promises is a complex morality tale disguised as a bloody Russian Gangster movie. I don’t think I liked it as much as A History of Violence, but it’s still an excellent film with fine performances from Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Naomi Watts.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End [4/5] [Amazon]

I’d seen this in the theater last year , and I loved it just as much this time as I did then. It’s sort of an ungainly mess at times, and unlikely to appeal to those who didn’t like the first two movies in the series, but I thought it was filled with enough great moments for me to recommend it. Plus Johnny Depp is once again brilliant in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Keira Knightley is great, and there’s Chow Yun-Fat as a pirate. This was a whole lot of fun.

Waitress [4/5] [Amazon]

A charming film about waitresses, pies and life. Kerry Russell is very good, as is Nathan Fillion, but see it for a great performance by Andy Griffith.

Sunshine [4/5] [Amazon]

Danny Boyle does space-travelling science fiction, and for the most part I thought it was very good. The visuals are just stunning, and the psychological stresses on the astronauts are well done….right up until the point where there’s a horror/slasher flick stuck into the final third of the movie. Still, I think it’s well worth seeing for any SF fan.

The Devil Wears Prada [3/5] [Amazon]

An adaptation of the best-selling novel, it’s more or less exactly what you expect it will be, but Meryl Streep gives a fun performance that pretty much made the movie for me (and I’m not usually a fan of her work).

3:10 to Yuma [4/5] [Amazon]

I haven’t yet seen the original 1957 film, but I thought this version was quite good, with great performances from both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. If you’re at all a fan of Westerns, you oughta see this one.

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