Movies Saw 2012

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1.
Larry Crowne (2011)
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After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
“ Watched DVD 1/6/12. Hard to believe 2 such big actors could put together a film this stupid. Script incredibly dumb. Totally unappealing movie. Tom should stop working with Nia Vardallos. ” - johnluiz1
 
2.
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
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A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. (89 mins.)
Director: Doug McGrath
“ Watched DVD: 1/13/12. Sappy, trite and predictable, but a pleasantly mindless enough film to watch. ” - johnluiz1
 
3.
What's Your Number? (2011)
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A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. (106 mins.)
Director: Mark Mylod
“ Watched DVD: 1/15/12. Much raunchier than I expected, but not a bad little rom-com. ” - johnluiz1
 
4.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Saw at Dedham Showcase 1/16/12. I'm one of the few people who hasn't read the books, so I went in without any expectations. Very well done firm. Mara Rooney gives an amazing performance. ” - johnluiz1
 
5.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Watched DVD: 1/20/12. One of Allen's throwaway films. One of those movies you expect to somewhere after all time spent laying out premise, but then it just stops. Not a very good film, although Naomi Watts is terrific. ” - johnluiz1
 
6.
Keeping the Faith (2000)
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Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance. (128 mins.)
Director: Edward Norton
“ Saw DVD: 1/21/12. Very dopey film. Almost like a joke: Priest and a Rabbi walk into a bar -- and fall in love with the same girl. Ben Stiller's a "hip" rabbi because he turns his synagogue into something that resembles the church scene in Blues Brothers - like that could happen. ” - johnluiz1
 
7.
Diminished Capacity (2008)
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A Chicago journalist suffering from memory loss takes leaves from his job and returns to his rural hometown, where he bonds with his Alzheimer's-impaired uncle Rollie and his old flame. (92 mins.)
Director: Terry Kinney
“ Streamed on Netflix 1/24/12. Very good movie. Broderick and Alan Alda are terrific. ” - johnluiz1
 
8.
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. (100 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
“ Watched DVD: 1/25/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
9.
Wonderful World (2009)
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Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills. (89 mins.)
Director: Josh Goldin
“ Streamed Netflix: 1/25/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
10.
Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
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Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father... (100 mins.)
Director: Ben Hickernell
“ Streamed Netflix: 1/27/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
11.
Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
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Johnny Rizzo, is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that'll pay enough to please his fiancée... (89 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ Streamed Netflix: 1/27/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
12.
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)
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A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness. (102 mins.)
Director: Udayan Prasad
“ Streamed Netflix: 1/28/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
13.
Bottle Shock (2008)
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The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris". (110 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller
“ Streamed Netflix: 2/19/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
14.
Rare Birds (2001)
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A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town. (99 mins.)
“ Streamed Netflix: 2/20/12. Starts off like it's going to be one of those great quirky character movies like Local Hero or Man Who Went Up A Mountain and Came Down a Hill, but then it takes an odd turn and becomes just dopey. ” - johnluiz1
 
15.
Wanderlust (2012)
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Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. (98 mins.)
Director: David Wain
“ Saw at Dedham Showcase 2/24/12 ” - johnluiz1
 
16.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Watched DVD: 3/3/12. Wife didn't like it. I thought the fantasizing about what you would do if you could lead a different life was interesting. Hit me where I live right now. ” - johnluiz1
 
17.
A Little Help (2010)
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A woman gets entangled in a series of bizarre lies in order to take care of herself and her 12 year old son. (109 mins.)
“ Streamed Neftlifx: 3/8/12. Jenna Fischer does a great job. A good story. ” - johnluiz1
 
18.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ Saw: 3/16/12, Dedham Community Theater. Not very likeable characters. A review mentioned the silly, ABC Afternoon Special type ending, which was right on. Susan Sarandon a waste. ” - johnluiz1
 
19.
The Big Year (2011)
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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ Watched DVD: 3/17/12. Enjoyed the book, amazed could make a pretty good movie out of it. All characters and their conflicts made up - hardly any of that was in book. Good job. ” - johnluiz1
 
20.
Bitter/Sweet (2009)
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Brian, an American businessman, is sent to Thailand in search of local coffee plantations to purchase, but he ends up finding more than just coffee, and that the original purpose of the trip might not even be about coffee after all. (106 mins.)
Director: Jeff Hare
“ Streamed Netflix: 3/23/12. Good story, well done. Although beautiful Thai girl in lead role can't act at all. ” - johnluiz1
 
21.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
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A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. (107 mins.)
“ Saw: 3/30/12, Landmark Cinema. Very good. Breathtakingly beautiful scenes of Scottish and Yemeni landscapes. Terrific acting jobs from Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. ” - johnluiz1
 
22.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ Watched DVD: 4/6/12. A depressing story about a depressed woman. Really slow. No sense of characters. Boring and disjointed. ” - johnluiz1
 
23.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)
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A group of 30-year-olds who have been friends since high school attempt to throw an end-of-summer orgy. (95 mins.)
“ Watched DVD: 4/8/12. Very funny & surprisingly good, given the off-the-charts subject matter. I expected this to be as dopey as Hot Tub Time Machine, but it wasn't. ” - johnluiz1
 
24.
Damsels in Distress (2011)
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A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind. (99 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
“ (Saw at Landmark Cinema, 4/20/12) The taking themselves too seriously, overly earnest kids of Metropolitan were so charming.It's surprising here to see how Whitman could use the same dialogue heavy approach to create a film that is so dopey, boring and not the least bit charming. ” - johnluiz1
 
25.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
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One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
“ Saw at legacy 5/4/12 Much better than expected a good and funny look at the tensions in a long-term relationship. ” - johnluiz1
 
26.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. (124 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ Saw at dedham community 6/8/12. A delightful movie about the challenges of growing old. ” - johnluiz1