The Wolf of Wall Street
This newest Martin Scorcese film tells the story of high-living stockbroker Jordan Belfort (loosely based on his life) who made millions through securities fraud and eventually served 22 months in jail for it. Scorcese gives us a bird's eye view of early 90's Wall street excess, replete with yachts, loose women and massive use of drugs. Leonardo Di Caprio takes on the role with gusto. You almost want him to succeed in his life of depravity. Playing his side-kick is Jonah Hill, who also gives in to the greed with gusto. Unlike Scorcese's Mean Streets and GoodFellas, he avoids gangster killings, but his 3-our expose of the high life in the financial world will leave you wondering if in fact it still exists to this day.
This is your chance to go for a spin in outer space - it's an amazing trip starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney,the only two actors in the film. They are two astronauts who lose sight of their space ship while doing repairs outside and get snarled in a deadly run-in with space debris. I was fortunate in screening in the area's newest showplace in Chestnut Hill, with large-screen 3D resting on a comfortable leather recliner. It felt like I was with them all the way. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron,the eye-popping photo-realistic outer space visuals are dazzling. An amazing piece of film creativity.
Tom Hanks stars in this nail-biting hijack drama based on real life. Hanks is captain of a freighter bound for Kenya travelling through pirate-infested waters off the Somali Coast. Hanks is an ordinary guy who has to get through this ordeal as best he can. When his ship is boarded by pirates seeking a hostage reward, Hanks has to psychologically cajole them and think of the saftey of his 20-man crew. Director Paul Greengrass has created tension and drama with his camera movement and editing, and as you race toward the culmination of the drama your pulse is racing as well. An excellent motion picture, and definitely worth your time.