- Thor: The Dark World – or -“You just can’t stop a man with a big hammer.” When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.
- Nebraska – An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. This is from the director Alexander Payne, who also did Sideways and The Descendants. This movie has been nominated for 6 Oscars.
- Gravity – Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The entire cast is made up of 7 people and 5 are never seen on camera, only their voices are heard. (See below for an interesting article about the challenge of portraying space physics in the movie.) However, the credits for Visual Effects is HUGE. This movie has been nominated for 10 Oscars.
- Adventure Time, season 3 – An animated TV series about a human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, and their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. This is not a kid’s show. It just looks like it.
- Pulling Strings – After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before – by Rachel. This movie has a nice soundtrack. So if you like your romance (yes, it is a romance) Mariachi style, this is the one for you.
- The Secret Policeman’s Ball – USA – What has come to be known as the “Secret Policeman’s Ball” series had its roots in four Amnesty International benefit shows produced between 1976-1981 in England. Coinciding with the commemoration of Amnesty’s fiftieth anniversary, the 2012 edition of the show took place outside of the United Kingdom for the first time on Sunday March 4, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The DVD is the film of this show.
- Blue is the Warmest Color – (France) Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. This is a lesbian romance. This film has received numerous awards including Best Foreign Film from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.
Gravity – “For Cuarón (director and writer) accuracy was paramount. He wanted the film to feel like a space documentary gone wrong and for everything to be rooted in reality wherever it could be. “There was an awful lot of research to be done in the way things look and the way things work in space, the way things move” says Webber. “We had to retrain the animators to an extent as they are so used to portraying weight. It’s one of the hardest things to portray and our animators have it in their blood. Then suddenly there is no weight. The physics of outer space are completely different, it’s not just the zero gravity, it’s the zero air resistance, so once something starts moving it will keep moving and it won’t ever slow down. Things like that. We had little physics lessons with a whiteboard and discussed the implications of the physics with Alfonso.” http://www.framestore.com/work/gravity