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Mike Peros is an educator with a passion for movies ever since he saw John Wayne riding toward the bad guys, reins between his teeth, in True Grit. Some of his favorite films include The Band Wagon, The Wild Bunch, Out of the Past, The Silent Partner (Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer in a masterful tale of suspense), It’s Always Fair Weather (if you’re a Gene Kelly fan, what are you waiting for?), and Konga with the great Michael Gough—this was never meant to be a list of great films—just the ones that make their way into the DVD player the most.
Liam Neeson reunites with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra in Non-Stop, yet another movie destined never to be coming to an in-flight theater near you. Neeson is an alcoholic air marshal going through a rather rough patch: his daughter has died of cancer, his wife has divorced him and if that’s not enough--he has been receiving text messages while on a nonstop flight from New York to London, that passengers will begin to die every twenty minutes, unless a hefty sum ($150 million) is transferred to an off-shore bank account. He has to cope with any number of potential suspects (as in a planeload of passengers who resemble loud, obnoxious castoffs from the 1970 classic Airport), as well as off-camera superiors who think he’s lost his edge and his reason, and a suspicious, if not downright contentious flight crew.
George Clooney’s The Monuments Men plays like a cross between Ocean’s 11 (either Clooney’s or Sinatra’s) and sixties commando adventures like The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare –only without the wisecracking humor of the former (again, either version) and the action-packed thrills that marked the latter films.
Since it’s the dead of winter and many studios are in a holding mode on major new releases (as in holding on to these releases until such time as most of America can get to them—or become weary of the December releases), here are some pretty good films you may have missed—and are definitely worth catching:
American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to his widely praised Silver Linings Playbook proves to be his latest oft-kilter version of the American success story. It is also a vibrant, volatile, and frequently very funny film that occasionally feels like a cast reunion, what with Russell alums Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, joined by Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K. in what proves to be one of the best ensembles of the year.
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