Movie Review: Millions

Millions (2004) (Amazon link) by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is a delightful little film set in Ireland. There’s a lot to like here: an interesting filming style, a great performance by young Alex Etel, and a lot of gentle humour. The film shows you can weave spiritual themes and ethical considerations into your story, and not bog it down in seriousness. Recommended.

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Movie Review: We Bought a Zoo

Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo (Amazon link) is a sweet little vehicle for Matt Damon. A bit too sweet for my taste, but it was pleasant enough. Nice to see Damon not spilling blood (although he almost shoots a bear with a tranquiliser gun). But the title of the movie pretty much tells you all you need to know, and it contains little surprise once you get past the title. Overall, a cute one if you are looking for something light to share with the family. Younger family, that it – it’s not so much for your teens, although our 16-year-old said, “It was OK.”.

And I agree. It was OK. But it did have one huge clanger of an ending. The movie wraps up, and then there’s this strange, and to my eye, unnecessary extra scene that tries to tie up some sort of loose end. It was a loose end that should have been left dangling. A great example of how not to end your film.

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Movie Review: Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs (Amazon link) has a fantastic, contained performance by Glenn Close (who we enjoyed on DVD recently in Damages). But, oh my, what a bleak film. Bleak, bleak, bleak, and with plot lines you can see coming for miles. While I’m glad I saw it, it lost me during the obvious, middle section. Still, incredible work by Close.

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Movie Review: What’s Your Number

What’s Your Number (Amazon): crass, shrill, not-funny, an exercise in how not to make a film. Badly written. Badly directed. Badly acted. Only bright spot: Chris Evans, who is more popular as Captain America. Suggest giving this one a miss.

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