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Noah

Director Darren Aronofsky’s story of Noah and the biblical flood. It is really tough to capture this film concisely, as there is so much happening onscreen and so many stories that keep the film very busy and quite energetic. The film is visually beautiful in many places – the flood on the big screen is quite impressive. What worked best for me was the story of Noah himself, portrayed wonderfully by Russell Crowe, as a flawed human conflicted in his ability to understand and do what is right. There is pretty intense subtext around being driven by one’s own beliefs …

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Particle Fever

Documentary about the construction of the CERN Large Hadron Collidor which led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, an important fundamental particle that was predicted from physics theory in the 1960’s. The movie works well for many reasons: 1) it takes what many might consider a boring topic and makes it into a pretty suspenseful and, in the end, emotional story; 2) you get to hear a bunch of really smart physicists talk in plain language about the work they do and their love of it (the rap song they do at one point in the movie is really …

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Grand Budapest Hotel

Another ridiculously fun movie by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Royal Tannebaums, Moonrise Kingdom) about Zero (played as an older man by F Murray Abraham), who tells the story of how he went from being an underage lobby boy for M Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) to owner of the Grand Budapest. While it is told by Zero, the movie is mostly about the antics of M Gustave who was the head concierge and became at one point the owner as well. As I was going out of the theater, I overheard one woman say, “It is just like a cartoon except …

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Gloria

(Chilean with English Subtitles): Movie about a woman, divorced and with kids grown and with their own lives, living through her 50’s. The biggest joy of this movie is the lead, Paulina Garcia. She is in practically every scene in the movie, but in many of them she looks totally different; Gloria physically embodies a wide range of emotions, and no words are necessary to understand her. I have not seen many actors or actresses do this with such skill; in one scene she looks like she could be in her 30’s, and in the next, with great camera work, …

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Frozen

Lizzy had already seen it, but I had not, and you usually don’t have to twist her arm to watch a movie, so off we went! What a marvelous, all-ages fun movie! It was kind of a mixture of a Broadway musical and an animated fairy tale with a great message. It seemed like every scene provided some kind of surprise that kept everything fresh and exciting; the score is really outstanding (and I have to say that Let it Go deserved that Oscar – it is one very powerful and amazing song. Plus, I loved the ending – it …

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman (3D)

Those of us from the Rocky and Bullwinkle era will recognize these two in the movie – Mr. Peabody, the ultra smart and super logical dog who time travels with his adopted son Sherman to times in the past. Their antics were fun, and they taught us a bit of history. The movie is pretty faithful to what I remember. While it was fun for me, and the historical humor and puns were fun, I am not sure how much of this translates well for youngsters. We did not see it in 3D, which might have visually more fun for …

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