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Latest Movie Review
Birdman (+) received nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. In addition, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone all earned acting nods for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. Keaton plays a washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, i.e., Birdman. He attempts to make a comeback in a Broadway play. The movie is a bit off-beat, and not as awesome as suggested by all the nominations. But I can see why the Hollywood crowd might love this self-absorbed movie since many of them are self-absorbed and fear being washed up. Keaton’s career stalled after he played Batman (1989 and 1992).
2015 Movie Reviews
American Sniper (+ +) is an intense movie based on the extraordinary true story of Chris Kyle, a US Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq as a lethal sniper committed to protecting his comrades-in-arms. He is commendably played by Bradley Cooper, who produced the film, which was well directed by Clint Eastwood.
Birdman (+) received nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. In addition, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone all earned acting nods for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. Keaton plays a washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, i.e., Birdman. He attempts to make a comeback in a Broadway play. The movie is a bit off-beat, and not as awesome as suggested by all the nominations. But I can see why the Hollywood crowd might love this self-absorbed movie since many of them are self-absorbed and fear being washed up. Keaton’s career stalled after he played Batman (1989 and 1992).
The Imitation Game (+ + +) is a truly extraordinary true story about how math whiz Alan Turing, who was recruited by MI6, cracked the Nazis' secret code, which was code-named “Enigma.” He essentially invented the first computer in order to do so. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers an outstanding performance as the socially challenged professor whose accomplishment shortened World War II by two years, by some estimates.
Wild (+ + +) is a gripping movie about a woman's 1,100-mile solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon is outstanding in the starring role. It is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who went on the long walk to clear her head after a catastrophic loss in her life. If Charles Evan's catastrophe scenario for the Fed plays out, we all may need to take a hike.