1. Robot & Frank - Absolutely adore this movie. I am even contemplating putting it in my top 10 from 2012 when I re-evaluate my list (after I've seen everything that I want to see. There is still so much - Les Miserable, Rust and Bone, Amour, Lincoln...). Set in the "near future", the story is about an elderly man suffering from dementia. The beginning we see him confused, disoriented and stubborn, but instead of focusing on the depressing facts of getting old - the story takes a twist when his son buys him a "health care aid" not in human form, but in the form of a very amusing robot. This robot is meant to give Frank stability, ensuring his health and safety, but instead Frank uses the robot to his own advantage and they form an undeniably sweet friendship. I was surprised by how warm and fuzzy the film is, without being overly saccharine. I was even more surprised by the humor in it ("Warning: Do not molest me".). Then, I was in complete shock at the surprise little revelation at the end; was not expecting that at all. Such a refreshing story about love, family, friendship and the importance of our memories. Also, a fantastic performance by Frank Langella.
2. Nobody Walks - Completely forgettable film. I watched it a few weeks ago and I am struggling to remember anything about it. OH YEAH - Olivia Thirlby has a terrible haircut in it - that pretty much distracted me for the whole movie. I like her, but she (and the rest of the cast) are much better than this movie. I love John Krasinski but I am concerned that I still loved his character even though he was a complete asshole. I hope it is just because I love the actor so much and not because I have a sudden affinity for assholes??? That's a scary thought. The only other thing I remember about the movie is that there is a scorpion sighting. Absolutely terrifying. Also, I was bored to death.
3. Safe House - Was not expecting much, but was definitely expecting more than what I got. Denzel Washington can usually hold my interest - even in mediocre movies. In this film, however, he really had nothing to do. His character was described as one of the best CIA agents, with excellent interrogation and manipulation skills, however we never see any of this. Ryan Reynolds is on my list of "terrible actors who are famous for no reason" (I don't actually have a list, but he would likely be number one if I were to make one). I agree with several critics that this is his "best role", but that is really not saying much. It's my way of saying "he wasn't horrific". The film could have easily been a decent story about psychological manipulation, but instead it was just one boring action sequence after another. We don't really know anything about either of these characters, other than Reynolds character is in love (with a very annoying girl), which I think was meant to give him some sort of emotional depth, but "love" hardly equals "depth" - at least not in my book. I predicted the "bad guy" within the first 15 minutes of the movie, which I would like to think is impressive (I must be a GENIUS!!), but sadly, I think the film was just that predictable. The narrative was just too cut and dry.