‘Lion’ roars loudly and with feeling

‘Lion’ is the true story of Saroo Brierly, born in India who winds up 1,500 kilometers away from his family with no way to get back to them. Adopted while still a young child by an Australian couple, when he becomes an adult he decides to try to find his birth mother.

Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ is as excellent as its five Oscar nominations would indicate

Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in 'Her'
Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in ‘Her’

[rating=4]Starring:  Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Matt Letscher, Chris Pratt and Kristen Wiig
Writer(s):  Spike Jonze
Director(s):  Spike Jonze

If someone could figure out a way to bottle and sell the whimsy of Spike Jonze, they would make an insane amount of money.  His fourth film, Her, is as imaginative as any of the prior three and a very thought-provoking movie.

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‘Side Effects’ will leave you feeling just fine

Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones talk about the treament of Rooney Mara in 'Side Effects'
Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones talk about the treament of Rooney Mara in ‘Side Effects’


Side Effects is the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh.  Jude Law plays a psychiatrist who works shifts at a hospital doing consults, in addition seeing patients in his private practice.  He is a partner with two other psychiatrists in a thriving New York City practice.  He’s married to a beautiful woman named “Dierdre” (Vinessa Shaw), who has a son.  He has a great life until he encounters a patient in the emergency room.

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