Saturday, November 10, 2012

Movie - The Bourne Legacy

PG-13 (2:15)
Wide release Aug. 12, 2012
on DVD Dec. 11, 2011
saw it at Crossroads cheapie theater
RT Critic: 56    Audience:  56
cag: 4.5 Liked it a whole lot
Directed by Tony Gilroy
Universal Pictures

Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney

IMDb Summary:
The events in this movie takes place around the same time that the events in The Bourne Ultimatum. When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who them passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they're concerned how this will affects other ops they have. They decide it's best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But someone tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped taking the meds long ago. They go to Manila so that she can help him. Later the men behind Outcome learn that Cross and Shearing are still alive.

Thoughts:  Action-packed, included great, thoughtful acting by Renner. 

Movie- Argo

R (2:00)
Released widely 10-12-12
on dvd 2-19-13
RT Critic: 96    Audience: 94
cag: Wonderful movie, 5/Loved it
Directed by Ben Affleck
Warner Brothers

Ben Affleck, John Goodman


Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies
Thoughts:  Superb movie, and the whole time you're watching you're marveling that this is based on a true story.  Affleck's acting and directing are impressive.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Movie - Pitch Perfect

PG-13 (1:52)
Limited Release 10-5-12 
on dvd 12/18/12
Viewed on Halloween night, Wed 10/31/12 at El Con
RT Critic: 80    Audience:  83
cag: Loved it/5
Directed by Jason Moore
Universal Studios

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson


Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they'll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both
Thoughts:  I laughed and laughed and totally enjoyed this movie.It was a really clever comedy.