Movie I am Looking Forward to Watching:

Maps to the Stars

What does it really take to make it in Hollywood? Maps to the Stars features three actors at various stages in their careers: the child star, the rising star, and the seasoned star. The cast itself is among the stars with Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson. This movie is fitting for individuals who enjoy prying into the personal lives of celebrities. I haven’t the slightest clue what the major issue is, besides the young child seeing hallucinations. It’s this unknowing that is bothersome to me.

Blu-ray/DVD’s I’ll Check Out:

The Better Angels

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The Better Angels, Amplify, 2014

As a child, I was fascinated by Lincoln. Maybe this fascination had something to do with my dad being assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln during his Navy years. I collected medallions, books, and had a large penny the size of my hand–anything with Lincoln’s face on it. With iconic figures, biographies typically focus on the most influential years of their existence. Often absent, are the childhood years, a fundamental period of time having significant impact on the development of an individual. The Better Angels focuses on Lincoln’s childhood, a perspective from the eyes of an impressionable youth. The entire film is in black and white, which may be a clever play on the racial issues, or an attempt to portray an earlier era, or a haphazard attempt at being artsy.

Netflix Hidden Gem I’ll Check Out:

A Cat in Paris (Une Vie De Chat)

I was thrown off by the simplistic title. I immediately thought of “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss with rhymes and short sentences. Katherine’s review leads me to believe this animated film holds more substance. The main reason I want to watch this movie is because of the animation style, which is at times is is reminiscent of wood block prints. It’s a style that is inconsistent with the current trend in animation where more is better. The host of characters are not juvenile and I am intrigued to see how and why the neighborhood thief decides to make himself known to the daughter of a detective. Paris holds memories I cannot soon forget. Perhaps this film will be one of the things I file away with Paris.

Theatrical Releases:

Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, March 3:

Grade: C 
 Grade: A

New on Netflix:

 Grade: B- Grade: A