Really enjoyed this charming Aussie film about an Aboriginal girl band and their manager who leave their small hometown to travel to Vietnam during the war to entertain the troops with their soul music. It's a nice feel-good movie with fine performances from its charismatic cast and the music is terrific too.
Despite the director Lars von Trier's controversial remarks at Cannes, one can separate the film from the filmmaker and "Melancholia" is a beautifully shot film that should be experienced on a big screen. Each scene from the opening montage can be its own work of art and while not making much sense in the beginning, it gets more clear as the story moves along. It is quite the art-house film and the story and weird behavior of some of the characters may not appeal to everyone's tastes, but it is a film that will provoke a reaction.
While some critics might call this a "real steal" of your movie dollar, I found "Real Steel" to be quite entertaining. Hey, it has Rock-em sock-em robots...not to mention Hugh Jackman and a likeable cast. Even better, the fine special effects complement the story instead of dominating it. While the film can be pretty cheesy and predictable at times, it's still a fun night at the movies.
"The Change-Up" takes the "Freaky Friday" formula, applies it to two men, one an overworked family man (Jason Bateman) and an irresponsible single actor (Ryan Reynolds), and tosses in some raunchy humor. The jokes are hit and miss and there are few surprises, but at least Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds's performances are enough to pull the comedy along.
"Buck" is a really fascinating documentary about a true-life cowboy/horse whisperer from first time director Cindy Meehl. This movie will be enjoyable to anyone who likes horses, cowboys, or animals, but has an universal appeal with the themes of overcoming adversity in life and compassion towards other people and animals too.