Last weekend Danny and I went to the Bijou Cinema Bistro theater in San Antonio, where IFC and foreign films are shown. (New Braunfels theaters do not offer these types.) The Bijou has big, comfortable seating, tables for eating, and a menu of salads, sandwiches, and desserts. It is a great way to watch a movie. However, children under 12 are not allowed, even with an adult, which we found out when we tried to treat a couple of our grandchildren to a new movie experience. (disappointed sigh) Anyway, we saw “Win Win” with Paul Giamatti as not-so-successful attorney, Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach with a couple of comic-relief cohorts. Going by their outward appearance, you would not think they knew anything about wrestling. It is winter in New Jersey, and life is not going well for any of them, when a newcomer becomes part of Flaherty’s family – a quiet kid with tremendous wrestling skill. “Win Win” is a great movie about the struggles, humor, bad decisions, love, and redeeming resolutions of family life.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Yesterday we saw “Water for Elephants” at the new Cineplex in New Braunfels. Danny and I had both read the terrific book by Sara Gruen a couple years ago, so we were looking forward to the movie. It did not disappoint from start to finish. The casting was perfect with Reese Witherspoon as Marlena, the star attraction of a struggling circus in 1931, Christoph Waltz of “Inglourious Basterds” fame as August, the circus owner and husband of Marlena, and Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski, the just-about-to-graduate veterinarian student who finds himself displaced after suddenly becoming orphaned. The sudden death of his parents leaves Jacob adrift and bereft, until inadvertently one night he hops aboard a moving circus train. Set in the mire of the Great Depression and prohibition, “Water for Elephants” is an adventure into hard times and circus life.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars