Friday, January 24, 2014

What to Watch This Weekend: January 24, 2013

It's another weak theater release week so we recommend catching up on some hits from last year or catching some recently added streaming movies.

DVD: Captain Phillips
Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, this movie stood out because of Tom Hanks's sensational acting and the amazing sense of tension the film creates.

The story of a deeply troubled New York socialite who, in denial of her current fortunes, is forced to impose on her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett won audiences over with an Oscar-worthy performance (nominated for Best Actress) and Sally Hawkins, who plays her sister, also got the nod for Best Supporting Actress.

Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. Critics forgave the movie's weak points because of the touching story and tear-jerking moments.

The Bling Ring tells the story, inspired by actual events, of a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts and burglarize their homes. The story is an interesting one and it's surprising how easily the group of teens can gain access to the celebrities' homes and the brash nature in which they do it.

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