December 2013

3 I liked it.
4 I liked it a lot.
5 Loved it!
2 Didn't like it.
1 Wanted to stab someone.

(No rating = 3)
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1.
Old Enough (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Twelve-year-old, well-bred Lonnie meets the impudent Karen on the street. They spend some time together... (92 mins.)
Director: Marisa Silver
“ 4 ” - mnoe
 
2.
Ship of Fools (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz... (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
3.
Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Filled with testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden. (102 mins.)
Director: Greg Barker
Stars: Nada Bakos
 
4.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ 2 ” - mnoe
 
5.
Walesa: Man of Hope (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution. (127 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
6.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
7.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
8.
Dogma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven. (130 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
9.
Free Rainer (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution. (130 mins.)
“ 3-minus ” - mnoe
 
10.
Metallica Through the Never (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure. (93 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
11.
Unknown Powers (1978 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A documentary--actually three episodes of a canceled TV series--examining various phenomena, including ESP, psychic surgery and past-life hypnosis. (97 mins.)
Director: Don Como
 
12.
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ 2 ” - mnoe
 
13.
The Tunnel (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion... (150 mins.)
“ 3-minus ” - mnoe
 
14.
Flight (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Denzel=3
Movie=2 ” - mnoe
 
15.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Lorenz
“ 2-minus ” - mnoe
 
16.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Muppets' twist on the classic tale. (99 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
“ 3+plus ” - mnoe
 
17.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ 5 ” - mnoe
 
18.
A Family Affair (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The first in the series, and the only movie to feature older sister Joan. Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington portrayed Judge and Mom Hardy; roles later taken on by Lewis Stone and Fay Holden. (69 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
19.
Strike Up the Band (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare... (120 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
20.
Masterclass (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Patti Lupone (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
World renowned artists mentor a small group of high school students.
 
21.
Masterclass (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Bruce Weber (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
World renowned artists mentor a small group of high school students.
 
22.
Warm Bodies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
23.
King Ralph (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English. (97 mins.)
Director: David S. Ward
 
24.
Broken City (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler. (109 mins.)
Director: Allen Hughes
 
25.
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788. (480 mins.)
 
26.
Getting On (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Set in a geriatric extended care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital, Getting On follows put-upon nurses... (30 mins.)
 
27.
Ja'mie: Private School Girl (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The continuing story of Ja'mie King, a conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a tony private school in Sydney... (30 mins.)