Fruitvale Station – One of my Top 10 films of 2013. Director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan take a far too familiar tale of a young man killed well before he’s able to lead a full life and shake viewers out of their apathy at the potential that is so easily wiped out by a bullet.
This is a must-see whether you buy or just rent it.
Enough Said – I regret not being able to get around to reviewing this one. At least yet. This is a lighthearted, touching and surprisingly genuine tale of two divorcees (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini) attempting to start a relationship. Only problem is another relationship threatens to doom it before it truly gets started. This is more of a romantic comedy drama so while there’s laughs, don’t expect to be crying from laughing so hard. Instead, you’ll be touched by the well-crafted story and excellent performances from its two leads.
Riddick – Vin Diesel’s other passion project may not be the blockbuster phenomenon of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, but you’ve gotta admire his efforts in keeping Riddick going. In this outing, Riddick tangles with alien predators, a group of mercenaries and a figure from his past. I missed this one, but as a fan of Diesel’s work, I’m willing to give it a chance.
You’re Next – A group of killers thinks they’ve got easy prey when they decide to attack the Davison family’s wedding anniversary, but they get more than they bargained for in this horror/comedy/action film.
I’m all about finally getting around to seeing this one. If it’s remotely decent, be on the lookout for a review very soon.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey star in this historical account based on the true story of a White House butler who lived through some of the most important events in history while trying to maintain his sense of purpose and pride.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one, but it’s gotten a decent amount of critical acclaim so your mileage may vary.
Carrie – From the needless remake department comes this new version of Stephen King’s classic tale of a shy girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) living a sheltered life with her religious mother (Julianne Moore) pushed to the breaking point at her senior prom. Just in time for her telekinetic powers to develop.