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Movie Reviews: Non Stop, Stalingrad

Movie Reviews: Non Stop, Stalingrad

“Non-Stop”

This one lives up to its title: non-stop action, with a terrorist threatening to murder a passenger every 20 minutes on trans-Atlantic flight.

61 year old Liam Neeson kicks ass as a brooding U.S. air marshal on a flight from NYC to London, who gets anonymous in-flight texts, threatening to kill someone on board every 20 minutes unless 150-mil is wired into an off-shore account.

Julianne Moore is the mysterious seat mate with “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery and “12 Year’s A Slave” Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o as flight attendants. “Red Tails”’ “”Arbitrage” star Nate Parker This is a taut, who-done-it on speed. It lives up to its title: non-stop from the minute we get into the air and mysterious throughout.

This just under 2 hour thriller flies by (excuse the pun). Thankfully 3-D-less, this is a near perfect , albeit implausible terror ride. You definitely get the bang for the buck.

3 stars



“Stalingrad”

Russia’s #1 movie of 2013: a 3-D Imaxer dramatizing the battle that turned the tide of World War Two in Russia.

Never mind the subtitles. Never mind the 2 hour and 15 minute running time. History lovers will get their money’s worth in this epic story of what’s known as the bloodiest battle in human history. The film itself makes history because it’s Russia’s first ever 3-D on Imax. The visual effects in the battle scenes are impressive. So, yeah. The 3-D is worth it.

While some may call this film heavy-handed, that’s exactly what I find most intriguing : it’s Russia’s version of this pivotal war battle. Of course it’s proud!!!

Centering on a band of soldiers trying to prevent the Nazi takeover of their city, the story also plays out as 2 love stories. While the battle scenes are epic, the back stories of the key players are lacking. Knowing the personalities would have made this a much stronger film. Still, this one’s worth a look-see, especially for foreign film, war and history buffs.

2-and-a-half stars.

 

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