Boyhood | The Grand Budapest Hotel | Get On Up
A Most Wanted Man | Magic in the Moonlight
If you have never darkened the door of a movie art house, now is your chance. You will not be baffled or condescended to. The astonishing freshness of this film will pull you in and you will wish that you could drop in on ‘Boyhood’s’ Mason for the rest of his life. You will also find yourself part of the 2015 Academy Awards conversation because ‘Boyhood’ just might snatch both Best Picture and Best Director statues from the grasp of assembled heavyweights like David Fincher, Clint Eastwood or Paul Thomas Anderson.
Rated: R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use
Metacritic Score: 100 (yes, you are reading that right)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99% (yes, it is that good)
Rent it from RedBox:
Metacritic Score: 88
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
none that I can find
A serviceable biopic from the director of ‘The Help’ raised to dizzying heights by Chadwick Boseman’s jaw dropping performance as the Godfather of Soul, not an impersonation (Eddie Murphy’s is still the greatest of the many James Brown impersonations out there); this is an embodiment, soul-deep of the workings, mannerisms, and persona of the legendary band leader and creator of funk.
Metacritic Score: 71 (not high enough)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (not high enough)
This performance by the great Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his last serious role from the mind of the equally great John le Carré) playing a dour German master spy is nothing short of enthralling. ‘A Most Wanted Man’ is a taut, precise, slow-boiling, tense look at the spy game taken to its highest level by Hoffman’s central performance. And ‘no’, before you ask I’ll just put it out there; he does not appear to be stoned though he doesn’t look healthy either. Consummate actor that he is; he simply folds his own flushed infirmity into the character. Bearing in mind that Hamburg was in fact the place where Mohamed Atta and his cohorts planned the 9/11 attacks; this look at the dark machinations of the spy game has a resounding ring of verisimilitude.
Rated: R (for language)
Metacritic Score: 74 (I think this is a bit low)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% (that’s about right)
Metacritic Score: 54 (absurd)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% (ridiculous)