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Closed Circuit (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy A devastating terror attack in a busy London marketplace leads to the swift apprehension of the suspected mastermind Farroukh Erdogan, while two other suspected co-conspirators are killed during the attempt to apprehend them.  Due to the sensitive nature of the case, the trial is split into two sections, a closed door segment […]

Wadjda (2013)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Wadjda is an 11-year-old girl living in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Free spirited and a bit of an odd duckling, it is Wadjda’s dream to buy her very own bicycle so that she can race and beat her friend Abdullah. However, in the Saudi culture, it is believed that […]

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 […]