Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the much anticipated penultimate installment in the Harry Potter franchise. Director David Yates surprises, trading in over-the-top action scenes for a ponderous and intimate look at the characters and their relationships. While some viewers may find this slow and plodding, it’s a completely necessary move in order to drive home the emotional weight of Part 2. I was thrilled by the dark tone of the movie and the WWII/post-apocalyptic feel the movie invoked. Fans will love how closely the movie follows the source material. July can’t come soon enough! Read Jayson’s review here and check out my full review here.
127 Hours is a masterful achievement in filmmaking by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. The harrowing true story of canyoneer Aron Ralston is portrayed via a breathtaking visual style that results in a uniquely artful film-going experience. James Franco carries the movie well; with no one on camera to interact with, his journey and character transformation is amazing and deeply moving. And yes the amputation scene was one of the most intense scenes I’ve seen on film. And yes it was a completely necessary moment for the film, a beautifully symbolic act that is unapologetically represented onscreen. A movie that is sure to get Oscar attention for both Picture and Director. Read the full review here.