January 30, 2010

My Month in Movies: January 2010

When scientists the world over keep disappearing without a trace, it's up to intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and top aviator Sky Captain (Jude Law) to uncover the truth in this futuristic, Art Deco-style actioner. The task involves putting their lives at risk as the pair travels to treacherous locales, hoping to throw a wrench in the plans of a villain who aims to wipe out the planet. Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi co-star. MY RATING: ***

After crashing on a mysterious island and encountering all manner of strange forces, a few survivors of Oceanic Air Flight 815 return to civilization where they wrestle with the dramas of those who were left behind. The saga continues for Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and the gang in this penultimate season of the immensely popular series. RATING: *****

Based on a New York Times Magazine story, this crime drama starring Kevin Kline delves into a sordid world of international sex trafficking that leads from Mexico City to a New Jersey stash house. In a bid to save kidnapped 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) before she's sold into sexual slavery, her desperate brother (Cesar Ramos) teams with a Texas cop (Kline). Can they find her before she vanishes into a hellish underworld? RATING: ****

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno (Asa Butterfield) befriends Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls. RATING: ****

This British miniseries created especially for television is a remake of the classic 1965 film. Hans Matheson plays the title role of the doctor trapped between the affections of his wife, Tonya (Alexandra Maria Lara), and feelings he has for his mistress, Lara (Keira Knightley). Throughout war and turmoil in their native Russia, the love triangle continues ... but soon, the beginning of the Russian Revolution will change their lives forever. RATING: ****

Born in an 18th-century English prison and immediately orphaned, Moll Flanders (Robin Wright Penn) grows up in a convent. After a priest sexually assaults her, she escapes, ending up pretty and penniless on the streets of London. She becomes a prostitute and meets the love of her life, a poor artist from a rich family. Moll becomes pregnant with his daughter, who ultimately narrates the story of her mother's tumultuous life and enduring spirit. RATING: ****

What did you watch this month? Any recommendations?


  1. I LOVE LOST! Season Five was amazing. I can't wait for Season Six starting on Tuesday!

  2. LOST! LOST LOST LOST! We were going to have a LOST-a-thon, but then GLEE came in the mail, and LOST was forgot, lol.

    I thought the imagery in Sky Captain was better than the story itself, and I like Jolie's character and performance, but that was about it.

    Trade is the only movie I'm not familiar with here. Doctor Zhivago was one of my dad's favorite movies, so it always makes me think of him.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend :-)

  3. Looks like you had a good month for movies! I've just discovered Six Feet Under this January and am catching myself up on its five seasons - thinking of going to Lost next as everybody seems to love it so!

  4. Oh, I'm so glad you got through Season Five of LOST before the premiere. I am soooooo excited!!! Favorite show! :-)

  5. I caught the end of Moll Flanders the other night on t.v. and was really intrigued. I know some people have problems with the ways it differs from the novel, but I've never read the novel so I'm all for renting this. Maybe then the book!

  6. This guy I was dating briefly in December said Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was so awful he couldn't finish it.

  7. Did you totally sob at The Boy in the Striped Pajamas??? But it is another one that the book is better!! I still haven't watched Season 5 of LOST! I've really got to do that!!

  8. We've got some similar viewing habits as displayed by this list. Of course the best of the best is LOST, I watched Season 5 (again) in prep for the new season premier and loved it just as much as the first go round.

    I saw Boy in the Striped Pajamas about a month ago I think and I'd not read the book first. So the ending was a complete surprise to me and so so sad.

    I enjoyed Moll Flanders. Robin Wright was a bit off for me (I think it was the fake accent) but I liked the story and Morgan Freeman was excellently cast.


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