Argo – In a nutshell, the CIA hatch a plan to get US embassy workers out of revolutionary Iran by disguising them as a SciFi film crew on a location scout. The movie starts with a little potted, and surprisingly objective, history of the revolution in Iran. The movie reminded me of a real-life Wag The Dog, only even more incredible. Ben Affleck shines with his competent direction and also nicely underplays watchful CIA spook Tony Mendez. The only minor criticism is that I actually became overly interested in the fake SciFi movie cover-story. Great, go watch it.
Paranorman – Claymation movie about ostracised, young horror nerd (hey, that was me) who is tasked with saving his town from a horrible curse. Zombies, witches, supernatural horror and gags to keep the grownups interested too. Popcorn.
Sinister – Ethan Hawk plays a controversial true-crime writer who moves his family to a house where horrific murders took place in order to write his next best-seller. Not bad, but would have done a lot better with less. Remove almost all the grating incidental music, the pointless CGI apparitions and the death-metal/goth/juggalo villain (yawn) and it would almost be passable. Sometimes less really is more. Not brilliant. Notable, though brief, performance by James Ransone who plays a quirky deputy.
NB/ No more chainsaw, star, skull ratings or “Top Ten whatever” postings. I’ll leave that to IMDB.