Below are three movies I can highly recommend from 2014 that are now available for rent via DVD or streaming….
How important is Matthew McConaughey to “Interstellar” and its success? Very. As the stalwart father-engineer-astronaut figure who just goes by “Coop”, McConaughey takes a mind-boggling space travel narrative, without traces of romance or laughs, and transforms an above average movie into a very good one. Director Nolan’s nimble storytelling attempts to drop viewers the furthest distance from their starting point, omitting key connecting dots along the way. It’s actually McConaughey that keeps the viewers glued to the galactic ride, using his slow, calming delivery to sell us the story. In this thought-provoking sci-fi thriller, McConaughey leaves his shirt on, proving his dramatic acting skills and the character “Coop” have made leaps and bounds over the years.
My full movie review: McConaughey propels thought-provoking ‘Interstellar’ voyage.
“Interstellar” is rated PG-13 with a running time of 2 hours, 49 minutes.
This film’s striking cinematography also gives credence to the threats and risks faced by our nation’s Greatest Generation during World War II. Credit 10-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins for the realism exhibited in the movie. From the shark infested waters of the Pacific Ocean, the crippled B-24 bomber & aircrew taking numerous bullet holes, or the unimaginably harsh conditions of the Japanese POW encampment, “Unbroken” unapologetically showcases Zamperini’s real-life hardships without pulling any punches.
Angelina Jolie has passed her watershed film moment moving from one end of the movie camera to the other. As director of “Unbroken” she stayed true to Laura Hillenbrand’s epic novel and her bold, intense storytelling. But even more importantly, Angelina Jolie honored a son, a brother, an Olympic athlete and true American hero named Louis “Louie” Zamperini. His unfathomable, real-life survival during World War II are brilliantly presented and told by Jolie in this landmark military movie. “Unbroken” is a phenomenal tribute to one man’s endurance over a lifetime, achieved by his confidence, resiliency, steadfastness and faith. And a film as shocking as it is inspiring.
My full movie review: ‘Unbroken’ honors remarkable life, hero.
“Unbroken” is rated PG-13 with a running time of 2 hours, 17 minutes.
This film’s heartfelt and frightening look at the early onset of Alzheimer’s leaves viewers to ponder and question their own mortality. It offers the unpleasant and unfair ending to a brilliant life, the result of a ruthless disease that attacks, degrades and then destroys one’s mind over time. The movie feels like a punch to the stomach for audiences, as it calculates the disease’s heaviest toll; the loss of one’s ability to reflect back on their most precious moments accumulated over a lifetime. It focuses on one family’s response to Alzheimer’s, underscoring the need for acceptance and understanding of this terrible life sentence. The movie saddens and shocks in a world where one’s Bucket List of all the must-do sights, sounds and tastes to remember before death, are replaced by the disoriented, forgotten and mistaken lists of an Alzheimer’s sufferer.
My full movie review: “Academy Award winner Julianne Moore is phenomenal“.
“Still Alice” is rated PG-13 with a running time of 1 hour, 41 minutes.
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