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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy The Grand Budapest Hotel is crime caper, murder mystery revolving around the exploits of Gustave, a legendary concierge working at the famed and luxurious European hotel, and his newly hired lobby boy and confidant Zero Moustafa. Ever the lady’s man, Gustave inherits a priceless painting, Boy With Apple, when the very wealthy […]

2 Guns (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Two undercover agents, each unaware of the others’ covert status, hatch a scheme to infiltrate a Mexican drug lord’s organization. When the plan goes wrong and allegiances dissolve, Bobby (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) find the only people they can truly trust is each other. Based on a graphic novel of the same […]

Philomena (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy This afternoon, I introduced Michelle to the touching story of Philomena.  I had originally seen Philomena a month or so before I started up AmateurCinephile, and revisiting it yet again only confirms my initial evaluation of the film.  Philomena is adult cinema of the highest quality. Director Stephen Frears, who is best […]

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Adele (Exarchopoulos) is a French high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a maturing woman. Despite dating a young man from school, she struggles with unresolved feelings about her sexuality. One day while walking in the city square, an exotic young lady sporting evocative blue hair catches Adele’s attentive […]

Proud to Welcome Two New Contributors!

Written by-Jarrett Leahy I am proud and excited to announce the addition of not one but two new contributing writers to If you’ve been paying any attention to recent reviews, you’ll have noticed the recent inclusion at the bottom of the page, Edited by-Michelle Zenor. An English professor by trade, Michelle has an encyclopedic […]

Top 6 Lists-Under-appreciated Brad Pitt Films

List by-Jarrett Leahy This week’s Top 6 List is in honor of Brad Pitt, who can finally be called an Academy award winner after receiving an Oscar for his producer credit on 12 Years a Slave. When examining resumes of actors considered movie stars, rarely do you ever hear them described with words like diverse […]

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy After three decades of Hollywood success that includes the likes of the 2007 best picture winner No Country for Old Men, Fargo and The Big Lebowski, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen’s cinematic reputation has deservedly earned them the right to create whatever they want.  Inside Llewyn Davis, in all its somber beauty, […]