The words “this is an excellent film” popped into my head during the course of watching Sully. Smartly told in a 96 minute package, the film has great pacing offering both slow, thoughtful moments while incorporating visually stimulating segments through the various perspectives of the plane landing in the river. Surrounding the unprecedented landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson river by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger the film is expertly told by director Clint Eastwood. Some backstory about Sully is offered throughout to fill in more about the man and moments of character building that led to his decision making

Cloud Atlas

Multiple intertwined stories from different timelines told simultaneously with numerous actors playing various parts. Confused yet? Yep, me too. I was able to follow along but due to the ambitious nearly 3 hour length of the film, I found myself not caring much towards the end. While clearly an intensive endeavor for everyone involved, they seem to overreach on this one and end up with an exhausting, confusing mess that keeps changing the minute you get a handle on what’s happening only to offer that same formula repeatedly. Presented by The Wachowskis (from The Matrix trilogy), Cloud Atlas is marked

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is the true story of a cargo ship that is hijacked by a group of Somali pirates. Tom Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage during the ordeal. If you followed the story from 2009, you know the ending. If not, don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you here. Suffice it to say that the tension of the film is well designed and will keep you compelled throughout no matter whether you know the story or not. I followed the story briefly when it broke and new where it was going but was drawn in

Toy Story 3

Pixar is back with the third installment of the beloved story that started it all. And you would think that it would be tough to keep things fresh but as usual, the excellent talent behind Pixar manages to do just that… At this point, Andy is getting ready to move off to college and the fate of the toys is in question. Off to college with Andy? Off to the trash heap? Banished to the attic? All weigh heavily on our weary heroes as they end up split up and sent off to different points including a day care center.