Elle

Elle

Leave it to the French to make a movie almost impossible to describe.  Part psychological thriller, part family drama, and part a glimpse into French life, the story starts off with a bang then slow builds to the conclusion.  It’s a very interesting look at a woman who is ridiculously strong and composed regardless of […]


Bollywood/Hollywood

Bollywood/Hollywood

This delightful and silly story is a perfect introduction to Bollywood movies. It is under two hours, in English and self-aware enough to make fun of Bollywood stereotypes. Most shockingly, there is kissing. Rahul, a rich Canadian/East Indian must find a good Indian girlfriend to take to his sister’s wedding or the wedding will be […]


Tokyo Fiancée

Tokyo Fiancée

20 year old Belgian Amelie is in love with all things Japanese so she buys a one-way ticket to Tokyo, determined to somehow become Japanese. She advertises herself as a French tutor but her only student is a young Japanese man, Rinri, who is as enamored of things French as she is of things Japanese. […]


Labyrinth of Lies

Labyrinth of Lies

In 1958 West Germany, the average person had never heard of Auschwitz. When a teacher at an elementary school in Munich–a former Nazi guard who had murdered people at Auschwitz–is ID’d by a Holocaust survivor, a young DA begins an investigation into how many former Nazis hold jobs and positions of importance despite a law that […]


101 Reykjavik

101 Reykjavik

Ever wonder what a slice of life looks like in Iceland? Start with Baltasar Kormákur’s award-winning black comedy, 101 Reykjavik. Hlyner is a 30-year-old slacker who lives with his divorced mother in a stifling apartment in Reykjavik. He spends his days wandering about town looking for a job (kinda sorta) and, during the frigid blustery […]


The Accountant

The Accountant

This was not the movie I was expecting…it was SO MUCH better.  From the previews it looked like a damsel in distress love story, therefore making it not all that interesting but, I assure you, it’s not.  Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant with certain murderous extra-curricular activities.  It sounds intriguing enough, but the […]


Son-in-Law

Son-in-Law

This is, by far, my most favorite fish out of water story.  Becca, a farm girl from South Dakota determined to make a new start for herself by attending college in LA.  When she gets there, she realizes she is completely uncomfortable with the California lifestyle; she misses her boyfriend, her grandpa, and her home. Enter […]


Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger is Die Hard in the mountains. Stallone stars as a Rocky Mountain Rescue worker called to help five climbers stranded on the mountain.  In the process, he discovers the call is actually a trap set by a thief played by John Lithgow (who is wonderfully evil). Crazy action adventure ensues with the added tension of the […]


Con Air

Con Air

I’m going to say it – this is the greatest action movie ever made.  It’s got humor, it’s got violence, it’s got Nicholas Cage and John Malkovich with a side of crazy Steve Buscemi.  Need I say more?  This follows the story of Cameron Poe, an Army Ranger serving time for accidental manslaughter, on his […]


Wild Tales

Wild Tales

Ah, sweet revenge. But is it? In this highly original collection of six short films, Damian Szifron explores the all too human emotional stew pot that getting even entails. Fury, self righteousness, smug satisfaction, along with a cascade of endorphin-producing actions are portrayed by a variety of ordinary people responding irrationally to unfair parking tickets, […]