Gravity is an all enveloping, physical and emotional experience that catapults you into space and leaves you grasping for air until the last pulsating frame.

Sandra Bullock is medical engineer Ryan Stone and George Clooney is veteran astronaut and mission commander Matt Kowalski. The two are part of the Explorer space shuttle crew. Except for the fact that they are in space, it’s an ordinary expedition until disaster strikes. The shuttle is hit by satellite debris, which detaches Stone from the Explorer and sends her tumbling into space. Kowalski, in a jetpack, manages to reach Stone but when the two get to the Explorer they find it is destroyed. Together they must find a way to survive the loss of their ship and all communication with Houston.

George Clooney is perfectly cast here as the charming and in control Kowalski, a man who lives life to the fullest and isn’t afraid to let go. Sandra Bullock makes you feel every heart pounding moment of fear, desperation and longing for home that Stone experiences during her ordeal. Continue reading »

Sleepy Hollow takes the well-known legendary Washington Irving story of a headless horseman and transports the characters to present day to create a fish out of water premise that mixes fantasy, humor, and end of world impending doom.

The timid Ichabod Crane is smartly transformed from a nervous schoolteacher into an English revolutionary war soldier fighting on the side of the American rebels.

The headless horseman in this update is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse foretold in The Bible’s Book of Revelation. It’s on the battlefield that Ichabod first faces the infamous horseman and beheads him after being mortally wounded himself. Of course, this being a fantasy, Ichabod and the horseman are bound together by blood and a magical spell cast by Ichabod’s beloved wife Katrina, a witch.

Before you can say decapitation, Ichabod wakes up in a cave in modern day Sleepy Hollow to face the horseman and a proliferation of Starbucks coffee shops, women in trousers and excessive taxes. In one of the funniest lines so far Ichabod is outraged by the “10 percent levy on baked goods,” those goods being donut holes. Continue reading »

Prisoners starts out as a tense and gripping story of every parent’s worst nightmare after two young girls disappear on Thanksgiving Day.

Hugh Jackman is Keller Dover, a husband and father with a survivalist bent whose motto is “hope for the best, prepare for the worst. ” Dover with his wife Grace (Maria Bello) and kids, Anna and Ralph join neighbors Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy (Viola Davis) and their daughters Joy and Eliza for the occasion.

The day suddenly takes a turn from ordinary to nightmarish when the two families realize the girls, who’ve gone off to play, are missing. The main suspect becomes Alex Jones, a young man with the mind of a 10 year-old who is parked in a camper at a nearby house right before the girls go missing.

Jake Gyllenhaal is Loki, the loner detective assigned to the investigation who has solved every case he’s ever worked. Gyllenhaal who early in his career wasn’t very interesting to watch has morphed into a versatile, three-dimensional actor and he’s intense and convincing as the dogged, determined Loki who is always watching and connecting the dots. Continue reading »

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