The Academy Awards are taking place earlier this year (February 22), but there’s still time to catch up on some of the nominated movies! (up for best picture, directing, writing, acting, visual effects, music). As in previous years, I’ve picked a half dozen highlights.
The opening scene, with Chris’ rifle lens zooming into a child and primed to shoot, is in the trailer, but it doesn’t lessen thThere’s a collective applause and then reverent silence filled the theater as closing images concluded the film. “American Sniper” honors the memory of Chris Kyle, an exemplary life of service and sacrifice.e tension. It strikes terror in your heart and the firing sound will make your heart feel like it stop beating for a minute.
The funny ladies are back! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t need a charm for the third time, hosting the 72nd Golden Globes, as they already hit it out of the park in the last two years. The two had said that 2015 would be the last year for them hosting, which some interpreted that they could dish out anything without accountability.
In 1939, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch, “Penguins of Madagascar”) marches into Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School, applying for a job as a cryptographer. He spars with the commander in charge of the program, Commander Alexander Denniston (Charles Dance), astutely stating that the government is working on a stealth project, deciphering Enigma, a major communication device captured from the Germans.
“When there’s life, there is hope.” Directed by James Marsh, “The Theory of Everything” tells a life story of the world-renowned astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, “Les Miserables,” “My Week with Marilyn”). More of a love story than a tale of intellectual discoveries, it’s told from his first wife’s perspective, Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), based on her memoir, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.”
“The Hunger Games” franchise has been a fierce success, both from the critics’ and public’s side. Since it premiered, there have been similar sci-fi YA adaptations; “Enders’ Game,” “Divergent,” “The Giver” and “The Maze Runner.” I greatly enjoyed every single one of them, but “The Hunger Games” reigns supreme.