MAMA – (R) Two young children found living in the woods are taken in by an Aunt played by Jessica Chastain. The problem is, there’s one unexpected guest who isn’t happy about any of it. Lots of screams, creeps and twists. Three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.
ZERO DARK THIRTY – (R) Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow delves deep inside the history behind the hunt for Osama bin Laden and brings the story to screen. This is a very technical film that doesn’t hold back the brutality of war. Four tubs of popcorn out of five.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – (R) Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as two people with their own emotional problems take on one another in the hopes that their lives will change. Also starring Robert DeNiro and Sissy Spacek, this film already has Oscar buzz written all over it. Three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.
GANGSTER SQUAD – (R) Its Los Angeles 1949 and a secret police force is determined to take down the legendary Mickey Cohen. Starring Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. I had such high hopes for this film with its all-star cast but sadly it doesn’t deliver the hype. Two tubs of popcorn out of five.
BROKEN CITY – (R) Mark Wahlberg plays a detective who gets in over his head with the New York mayor played by Russell Crowe and his wife Catherine played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Everything isn’t as it seems when a city is broken. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.
A HAUNTED HOUSE – (R) Marlon Wayans once again turn horror films into a horror of comedy. Its nice to be able to laugh at what scares us. This is definitely not a film for the kids as there is a lot of nudity and swearing. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.
DJANGO UNCHAINED – (R) This is my top favorite film of the year and Tarantino once again has proven why he is eccentric in the eyes of Hollywood and a success to his fans. Foxx and Waltz are a pair like no other and adding Di Caprio and Jackson brings this unlikely film closer to awards galore. Pay attention to the R rating – this is not a family film by any stretch. Four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.
LES MISERABLES – (PG-13) Jackman, Hathaway and Crowe bring this amazing stage play to the big screen. As well as it is doing at the box office it doesn’t bring this amazing story any justice. There is a disconnect here that audiences crave from the stage production but that being said it will do. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY – (PG-13) Director Peter Jackson brings audiences back to Middle Earth after a nine-year absence! This is the beginning of Bilbo Baggin’s journey with the Dwarfs of Lonely Mountain to take back their home! Expect to see many faces such as Gandalf, Gollum and others with two more films to follow. Four tubs of popcorn out of five.
THE LAST STAND – (R) Ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the big screen as a small town sheriff who takes on an escaped drug lord. There is humor galore, acting is passable and the action is rampant but more importantly – this film is a great time at the theatre. Three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.
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