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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

220px-On_Stranger_Tides_PosterTonight we finished watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011, PG-13).  From screenit:

A flamboyant pirate, his former nemesis, a feared pirate and various others set out to beat the rest in finding the legendary fountain of youth.

Finn really enjoys Jack Sparrow's antics.  I thought it was fine.  3 out of 5.

Moneyball

220px-Moneyball_PosterLast night we watched Moneyball (2011, PG-13).  From screenit:

A major league baseball general manager uses the numbers provided by his young statistics wizard in hopes of creating a winning team in a highly unorthodox way.

We enjoyed it, but I suspect I would have enjoyed it even more if I wasn't already acquainted with the concept.

I give it 4 out of 5.

Portlandia: Battlestar Galactica

So funny and true.  Here is the first segment:

Here is a "behind the scenes" clip that shows a bit from the second segment, but the second segment (with Olmos, Callis, and Moore) isn't online:

The Book of Eli

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Last night Lisa and I watched The Book of Eli (2010,R).  From ScreenIt!:

In a post-apocalyptic world, a lone traveler continues on his quest west, but most contend with an educated villain and his array of thugs who want the potentially influential book in his possession.

At some point I'd heard from someone that this was a good film, so my expectations were a little bit elevated.  I thought is was just OK.

I give it 3 out of 5.

King Kong

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Tonight we watched King Kong (1976, PG).  From Wikipedia:

King Kong is a 1976 American monster movie produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about how a giant ape is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition.

Finn thought it was a bit slow towards the beginning but got more interested as the focus shifted to Kong.  He also recognized the Twin Towers in NYC.

I give it 4 out of 5.

A Town Called Panic

Sunday night we watched A Town Called Panic (2009,NR).  From Netflix:

Tag along for the small-town adventures of plastic toys Cowboy (voiced by Stéphane Aubier), Indian (Bruce Ellison) and Horse (Vincent Patar) when they buy 50 million bricks, setting into motion a crazy chain of events at their rambling rural home…in this film based on the Belgian television series of the same name.

It's suitable for the whole family (except for a little profanity).  Here is the trailer:

Clips from the TV show are on Hulu.

Lisa and I both independently thought that this is a movie James Lashlee would like.

I give the film 4 out of 5.

Little Drummer Boy

Here is some video of our little drummer boy:

And here is a photo:

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Monica and David

Monica_and_DavidTonight I finished watching the documentary Monica and David:

MONICA & DAVID explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs.  Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have—an independent life.  Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story.  While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go.

It's an interesting and touching film.  I give it 4 out of 5.

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