The Call (2013)

Released: March 15, 2013. Directed by: Brad Anderson. Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Evie Thompson. Runtime: 94 min. "The Call" is a run-of-the-mill but enjoyable thriller that stars Halle Berry. Berry's character, Jordan Turner, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after an ordinary phone call goes wrong. There is an intruder in a young girl's house, [...]

Philomena (2013)

Released: November 27, 2013. Directed by: Stephen Frears. Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark. Runtime: 98 min. Today, teenage pregnancy is a commonplace. There's even a TV show about young pregnant girls called "16 and Pregnant" that premiered back in 2009. It seems like a stupid premise to me, but it shows how [...]

Frozen (2013)

Released: November 27, 2013. Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Starring (voices): Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel. Runtime: 1o2 min. I heard that "Frozen" utilizes music to assist its narrative and to portray the character's feelings, but I didn't think there'd be a musical number right off the bat. There's a cute reindeer and [...]

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Box office prediction (Jan 3-5/2014

Welcome to a new year of box office predictions! And other possibilities, of course. The only new wide release coming out this weekend is "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," a sort of spin-off in the "Paranormal Activity" series. It looks okay to me; but it's not one of my priority films to see in January. [...]

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many [...]