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Three movies you need to see right now: Aug. 28, 2014

Three movies you need to see right now: Aug. 27, 2014
Three movies you need to see right now: Aug. 27, 2014
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Movie theatres everywhere always offer plenty of motion picture choices, but when a film does not meet our expectations, we - unfortunately - leave the theatre disappointed.

There certainly are movies to avoid right now, including "And So It Goes" 1.5/5 stars, "Sex Tape" 1.5/5 stars and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" 1.5/5 stars.

On the other hand, grab the family and go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" 5/5 stars again or one or all of these three very memorable films.

“Boyhood” 5/5 stars - Writer/director Richard Linklater creates an absolute marvel of a film.

In a most unique way, he organically captures the impact of a dysfunctional and flawed upbringing over a 12-year period.

Yes, Linklater filmed the story of a six-year-old boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over 12 years.

Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei come along to tell Mason’s and their characters’ narratives too.

Day-to-day conversations and seemingly ordinary events compile over years to help form a person from child to adult.

Over 2 hours and 45 minutes, we, the audience, see his progression and the emotional land mines he’ll need to avoid from age 18 and beyond.

A complete triumph. I’ve never seen another movie like it.

“Calvary” 5/5 stars - Brendan Gleeson delivers an utterly captivating performance as a good priest living under extreme duress in small seaside Irish community.

Although scenic beauty surrounds him at every winding country road turn, almost all of the townspeople constantly spew hostility in his direction.

The biggest danger, however, comes from a man who enters his confessional box and threatens to kill him in one week.

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh weaves a very dark “whodunnit” film which plays like an old western as it marches towards Father James’s (Gleeson) date with destiny.

A surreal and difficult picture to watch, but McDonagh creates a beautiful film noir. Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd and M. Emmet Walsh co-star.

“A Most Wanted Man” 4.5/5 stars - Shortly after 9/11, the United States was not the only country waging a war on terror.

Just about every western country was on heightened alert, the Germany was no different.

Hamburg is the setting for this very smart espionage motion picture based upon the John le Carré novel.

Issa (Grigorly Dobrygin) - a mysterious Chechnyan/Russian immigrant - sneaks into Hamburg, and local spies, led by Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman), believe this “most wanted man” is the key to catch another man, Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi) who is funneling large sums of money to terrorists.

The focus is first on Issa, because as Gunther explains, “It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda. A barracuda to catch a shark.”

Director Anton Corbijn weaves through the secret world of German intelligence - which circumvents local laws - through the gray and cloudy daylight surrounding broad anticipatic office buildings and hidden basement garages.

Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Nina Hoss, and an unrecognizable Robin Wright round out an outstanding cast, but my eyes and ears were focused on Hoffman.

He plays Günther as a tired and beaten-down chain-smoker who really stayed in the same job 10 years too long, but he is awfully good at his chosen craft.

A German Sipowicz, you might say.

At the moment, he’s determined to catch his shark, and he carefully, persistently and relentlessly will offer the right bait.

“A Most Wanted Man” is a most welcomed film, and we have a golden, but also melancholy, opportunity to witness Hoffman’s brilliance.

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