Movies You Might Have Missed: The Best Offer

I'll put this right up front: this  movie has more nudity and sexual content than any other film on the list I've put together for these posts this year. The topic does figure into the plot and thus isn't wholly gratuitous, but it would perhaps have been possible to include by indirect means the plot critical elements... If you're still here, then lets talk about the rest of movie.

Movies You Might Have Missed: Haywire

Movies where women beat up men are mostly stupid. Comparing the actor to the actress and watching how she punches yanks you right out of the story. Not so here. Gina Carano might not actually be able to beat the men she fights, but she can make it look convincing. She knows how to fight. When she moves and strikes, you believe it because it looks like it should.

Movies You Might Have Missed: Teddy Bear

This is one of two Danish films on this list. For comparison, there are only three French films. There are two reasons for this. First, most French films are not to my liking. (French cinema is largely trash.) Second, both Danish movies I've seen have been pretty good. So they're both on here since they're good and who really watches Danish cinema? At any rate...

Movies You Might Have Missed: Unfaithfully Yours

Depending on how familiar you are with the traditional film conventions, there may be spoilers ahead. All descriptions I've seen of the movie assume you won't misunderstand, but my daughters missed the cue first time around and were very surprised later in the film as a consequence. They're pretty savvy, since I've tried to have them watch high-quality cinema when possible. Proceed at your own risk reading this. That being said, I doubt your enjoyment would really be diminished by this bit of knowledge, and most descriptions of the film agree with me.

Movies You Might Have Missed: Dead Reckoning

Humphrey Bogart doesn't always play a "tough guy", but his characters are almost always pretty tough. In Dead Reckoning he's cabbie "Rip" Murdock returning from Europe at the end of the Second World War where he served with distinction as a paratrooper. (Plenty tough.) Bogart (an officer), and one of his NCOs, Sgt. Drake, discover in the first scene why they're coming home a little bit ahead of the rest of their unit. Bogie isn't above snooping through the papers of the Lt. Col. escorting them and finds in them that Drake is getting the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor and Bogart is up for a slightly lesser award.

Movies You Might Have Missed: Locke

Locke is a movie that could almost have been a one-man stage play. The "action" is contained within an automobile and the dialogue is all via cell-phone conversations. The challenge would be adjusting the dialogue to be sensible with only half of each conversation audible. Regardless, this is another impressive performance by Tom Hardy in the title role.

Movies You Might Have Missed: Disorder

Alice Winocour manages to create a film that is disorienting and confusing just enough that one begins to feel the uncertainty that plagues Matthias Schoenaerts' character Vincent throughout the film. We begin with soldiers and quickly learn that Vincent is suffering from some minor injuries after returning from fighting in the Middle East or maybe Afghanistan. Beyond this, however, Vincent is desperately trying to hide the serious psychological effects of his PTSD so that he can be sent back on another tour. Why would he want to go back to a place that has traumatized him so?