ARCH'S MOVIE GUIDE 3/13/14

      4 STARS

      The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson's delightful all-star murder mystery story within a story

      Dallas Buyers Club - Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in a compassionate true story of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s

      American Hustle - Ironic story about justice and the Abscan scandal of the 1970s - award worthy work from a great cast including Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner.

      12 Years a Slave - One of the nineteenth century's greatest true stories receives the movie it deserves. Look for Oscar nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor

      Philomena - Dame Judi Dench as an Irish woman looking for the son she gave away 50 years earlier

      Nebraska - Bruce Dern and Will Forte take a father/son road trip in search of a mythical million dollar prize

      Gravity - Breakthrough movie about danger in space. Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and state of the art special effects. Oscar contender

      3 1/2 STARS

      The Lego Movie - Great creative fun at the expense of following instructions

      The Wind Rises - Beautiful Japanese animated biography of engineer Jiro Horikoshi - designer of the Zero fighter plane used during WWII

      Frozen - Disney musical based on "The Snow Queen" - family friendly delight

      3 STARS

      Veronica Mars - The fans have spoken and this is the result.{ } Kristen Bell's quite likeable

      300: Rise of an Empire - Eva Green kicks ass as a Persian Naval commander{ } warrior - in this graphic graphic novel

      The Past - French story of love and life and illness and divorce revealed in layers.{ } A different side of "The Artist" starring Berenice Bejo

      The Monuments Men - George Clooney and his all-star friends save European culture during WWII

      Her - Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his IOS. Sly sci-fi

      2 1/2 STARS

      About Last Night - Hilarious, frankly sexy update of 80's romance - Kevin Hart & Regina Hall

      RoboCop - Better than expected remake of 80s sci-fi classic

      2 STARS

      Need for Speed - Interesting to see Aaron Paul after "Breaking Bad" - otherwise - standard issue racecar auto porn

      3 Days to Kill - Kevin Costner juggles family and the CIA

      August: Osage County - Meryl Streep heads a dysfunctional family - great acting, unlikable characters

      The Wolf of Wall Street (R) - Epic about excess of crooked stockbroker runs an excessive three hours

      1 STAR

      Endless Love - Sappy teen age romance remake