Dollar movie

February 21

I Love You Phillip Morris
8 10 12

We can all agree that Jim Carrey has made some very bad decisions. But we can also agree that, when given an intelligent script, he has an exciting, unique, and tragicomic personality (see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Cable Guy). I Love You Phillip Morris gives Carrey a great opportunity to play those chops again. He stars as a con-artist and impostor willing to escape from multiple prisons to be with the love of his life (Ewan McGregor).

February 22

The Iron Lady
10 12

The Iron Lady is a run-of-the-mill biopic with nearly no flavor, detailing the glory years of Margaret Thatcher’s reign. But at least there’s Meryl Streep, right? Streep has garnered such an absurd amount of esteem among acting appreciators that this reasonably wretched film was allowed to win Streep an Academy Award for her work. The film follows Thatcher through a variety of life-changing events and her personal struggles as a powerful woman.

February 23

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
8 10 12

Anyone who read this book in high school remembers it. Stephen Chbosky’s text was so formative to so many young people around the turn of the millenium that I’m surprised it took this long to adapt to a film. Alas, we are treated to a perfectly reasonable adaptation of Chbosky’s book. The author, a Pittsburgh native, also directed the film, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. It chronicles the struggles of Charlie, a high-school social outcast, as he tries to fit in. College students are a little outside the target audience and the film plays unironically. But it’s an honest attempt at true, emotional filmmaking that mostly works: a major accomplishment these days.

February 24