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    I took a break from the heavy awards fare and saw Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. It was a fun action movie, and it was nice to see Kevin Costner again. It's very short, and could've used some more development. But I enjoyed the ride!

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    I just finished watching Elysium. I had high hopes in spite of the mediocre reviews, but it was kind of a disappointment. The story didn't really do anything new or have any unexpected twists. Jodie Foster had a very strange accent, as did the main villain. And there were just parts of the story that didn't make sense to me. The two that immediately come to mind are (1) The fact that when they put the robo-suit on the main character, they put it on over his shirt. Is he never supposed to change his clothes again? And (2) I get that the people in Elysium are supposed to be self-centered, but if their healing technology is SO advanced I just don't get what the benefit was to them to not share it with the people on earth. It seems like they would get more from exploiting healthy people. In the end, I just didn't feel connected to any of the characters in the story. Too bad.

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    Hubby and I saw Her last night. We never intended to see this movie but due to circumstances beyond our control....

    Anyway, that's two hours of my life I'll never get back again. HOW did this movie get so many thumbs up reviews? Sooooooooo stupid and almost frightening...which, I guess, is the point.

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    Watched The Last Stand, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Knoxville. If you can get over that bit of weird casting, it was an okay action film.

    Also I Give It A Year, an odd romantic comedy. Great cast, mediocre movie, though it had a few funny scenes (the digital picture frame! ). I almost didn't recognize Anna Faris with dark hair.
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    I watched Mitt last night on Netflix and was fascinated by it. There's not much politics to it other than campaigns being the backdrop. It was just fascinating to see a family going through "normal" life while running a presidential campaign. The thing I found the most interesting was how often, before leaving a place, you saw Mitt Romney walking around cleaning up and picking up trash. He's about to go out for something major like a debate, and he's wandering around a hotel room picking up trash so someone else doesn't have to do it.

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    Jobs - This was the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher. Ashton Kutcher isn't an actor that I think disappears into a role, but in spite of that I'm regularly impressed by his acting. He did an excellent job changing his mannerisms and cadence of speech and keeping it consistent through the film. In his portrayal he also did a good job walking the fine line between brilliant visionary and a selfish ass.


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    The Hunt - I watched this film on Netflix streaming after hearing some recommendations, and I think it has been nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language category. It is a Danish movie about a man in a small town who is accused of being a pedophile. It was excellently written and acted, but definitely was not an enjoyable film to watch. As a parent I found myself simultaneously outraged at the way this man was treated and distraught over the way the little girl was being handled. And yet, at the same time, I could understand how the parents bought into the story. I think it is made even more uncomfortable by the fact that it is completely plausible that something like this could actually happen.

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    Saw Ride Along, and it was typical buddy cop fare. Nice to see Ice Cube, and the jokes were good. It's a nice early season comedy.

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    Saw Wolf of Wall Street.
    The movie was way too long, and after about the 2nd orgy type scene, one got the point of the excesses of the 80's and Wall Street, in particular.
    That said, the movie is really quite good and Leonardo was brilliant in the role.
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    Re: What Films Did You Watch Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaT2 View Post
    Has anyone (Critical?) seen Alone, Yet Not Alone? I was perusing the list of Oscar noms and saw this and when I looked it up on IMDB saw it was released last year but I'm sure I've never heard a thing about it.
    ETA: The song from the movie is what is nominated, not the movie itself (that I could see)
    Did you see this?
    Oscars kill nomination for best song contender 'Alone Yet Not Alone' | Inside Movies | EW.com
    I guess we know how that song - from a move that NO ONE had heard of - got a nomination.
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