Winter's Bone- Every now and then comes a great drama that is riveting, exciting and new. This was not one of those movies. Dull, dull, dull. If there was a plot I couldn't tell you what it was other than it being about the very pretty and talented Jennifer Lawrence going door to door looking for her deadbeat father. That's the entire movie. Nothing happens. Ever. What a waste. Avoid this unless long, and I do mean long, stretches of pointless dialogue and beautiful but ultimately time wasting beauty shots of the Ozarks are your cup of tea. As for it's Best Picture Nod, Christ on A Cross it wasn't nearly that good to beat out far better movies like The Town which got robbed at last Oscars. Miss at all costs.
1 star out of 5.
X Men First Class- A very good Marvel movie that got snubbed at the box office opening weekend. However, word of mouth had to have been good as it remained a strong second this week with a very low drop off rate. Yes it's a reboot where one was hardly necessary but this one works as Michael Fassbender and James Mcavoy both do an excellent job playing Magneto and Prof. X. Kevin Bacon is awesome as the Nazi turned mutant leader and the supporting cast is engaging and well defined. Jennifer Lawerence shows up here as well ( and in the upcoming Hunger Games), all blue and naked as Mystique. Nothing to complain about there. As the mutants fight against the Cuban Missile Crisis (It actually works quite well) and Bacon's doomsday vision, there is a real sense of menace, one that missing in it's entirety with Winter's Bone. If you like superhero movies, this one is a doozy.
3 and 1/2 stars out of 5
Secretariat- A docu-film about the greatest race house ever is more complex and interesting even though you go in knowing this horse will win the triple crown. What wasn't widely known is how Diane Lane's character defied the odds to produce such a champion. John Malcovich is the trainer who is both funny and serious when the time calls for either and he's electric to watch. Even if you don't like horse racing this is great story of overcoming all objections to get what you want.
3 stars out of 5