Engaged in Movie Marathon this past weekend. The results: well...
"Anna Karenina": Yet another movie with Keira Knightley wearing a hoop skirt, gasping at the insensitivity of men. This one was made with some interesting ideas--the unusual staging and sets are beautiful, but the dialogue is slow. If want to see this movie, rent "The Duchess" instead, which is actually very good.
"Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away": Exactly the same thing as every other Cirque du Soleil show, except not as good because it isn't live. As my 11 year-old niece would text, "NBD."
"Silver Linings Playbook": The actors are good, but I get the impression the director saw the last 10 minutes of "Little Miss sunshine" and wanted to make a movie just like it, but with adults. The final scene is cute but the movie is generally awkward, like they don't have a script and are making it up as they go along.
"Jack Reacher": Lots of beautiful women are attacked and Tom Cruise drives a fast car. I walked out, it was so bad. Action movies are lots of fun, There is a fine line between "rescuing a beautiful woman" as entertainment, vs. the "beautiful woman being attacked" as the actual entertainment itself. The first is an exciting story; the second is torture porn. "Jack Reacher" had lots of action, but none of it added up to make a good movie. Tom Cruise seems desperate to hang on to his career.
"The Hobbit": Fun. Long, but not annoyingly so. Peter Jackson has a formula that is the same for all these "Lord Of The Rings" movies, but it works--and I could watch an entire movie about Gollum.