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The space movie “Gravity” will provide a huge splashdown at next month’s 86th Academy Awards on March 2. With 10 Academy Award nominations, including the big three for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock), look for “Gravity” to bring favorites “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” back to Earth on Oscar Night. Director Cuaron stands an excellent chance to win for Best Director giving his film an outside shot at Best Picture.
The oscar-nominated movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
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The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.
Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” just might have the most horrifying premise in all of movies. There are several other strong contenders like “Buried,” in which Ryan Reynolds was trapped in a coffin underground, and “127 Hours,” where James Franco was stuck between a rock and a hard place. But honestly, what’s scarier than being stranded in space with limited air and no communication with Earth? Going to outer space is in itself a fairly scary thought. The notion of anything going wrong up there is the worst nightmare imaginable. As the tagline to “Alien” says, in space no one can hear you scream.
Last week, there were two DVD releases that were must sees: George Clooney’s hit, “The Descendents,” and Charlize Theron’s “Young Adult.”
George Clooney and Ryan Gosling deliver in the "Ides of March."
You may not learn anything new about how we elect our leaders in the newly-released DVD "Ides of March," but you do learn George Clooney can not only pull off the portrayal of the true politician, but he provides good direction in the riveting film.
If you have just purchased tickets for that new action-thriller you’ve been dying to see, but as you watch, you are hit with periodic doses of déjà vu, the tickets you purchased may have just been for “Contraband”.
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There is an element of the absurd prevalent throughout the second half of “Drive” that audiences will either accept and love, or absolutely hate. Surprisingly, I went along for the ride and wound up having fun in spite of my reservations.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures, George Clooney stars in Jason Reitman's adaptation of Walter Kirn's book "Up In The Air."
courtesy of Overture Films, George Clooney stars as Lyn Cassady in "The Men Who Stare At Goats."
Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. 96 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Courtesy of Macall Polay/Focus Features, George Clooney and Frances McDormand star in Joel and Ethan Coen's dark spy comedy "Burn After Reading."
There is certainly something to be said about having a second job in a bookstore. You often come across material you might not have otherwise discovered had you been merely passing through on a short visit.