2011 December Movies

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • 86%
  • R
  • 160 min
  • Crime

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.

Shame

Shame

  • 79%
  • NC-17
  • 99 min
  • Drama

Brandon is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. From director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

  • 93%
  • PG-13
  • 132 min
  • Action

When a bomb destroys the Kremlin, the IMF is blamed and its members labeled as terrorists intent on inciting a global nuclear war. Ethan Hunt and his team must unravel the conspiracy.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

  • 59%
  • PG-13
  • 128 min
  • Action

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.

The Descendants

The Descendants

  • 89%
  • R
  • 115 min
  • Comedy

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • 83%
  • R
  • 127 min
  • Drama

An intelligence officer is recalled from retirement when there are signs that one of the top-ranking officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service is a Soviet mole.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • 76%
  • NONE
  • 112 min
  • Drama

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller).

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. Ramsay's masterful storytelling simultaneously combines a provocative moral ambiguity with a satisfying andcompelling narrative, which builds to a chilling, unforgettable climax.

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

  • 75%
  • PG
  • 101 min
  • Animation

Tintin is on the trail of a big story which leads him into a world of high adventure. When he and his friends find the directions to a sunken ship, they go off to find the treasure it contained and Tintin must face the notorious Red Rackham.

A Separation

A Separation

  • 99%
  • PG-13
  • 123 min
  • Drama

Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) and daughter Termeh (played by the director’s daughter Sarina Farhadi). When Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father, Simin sues for divorce. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home, but Termeh decides to stay with her father. When Nader hires a religious young woman to assist with his father, he hopes his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him and her own family, he realizes that there is much more on the line than his marriage.

With a very sophisticated and multi-layered screenplay, sharp mise-en-scene, and emotional performances, Mr. Farhadi raises crucial questions about family relationships between parents and children, men and women, the condition of women in Iran, and how one’s beliefs, religious and otherwise, affect our lives.

39 year-old Asghar Farhadi graduated with a Master’s Degree in Film Direction from Tehran University in 1998. Mr. Farhadi previous film About Elly, won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and the Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. A Separation is his fifth feature.

We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo

  • 66%
  • PG
  • 124 min
  • Drama

Based on a true story, a widowed father buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. Facing enormous odds, he and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo re-opened.