April 3 New Releases
War Horse was a great historical film. I was a little wary of it because I had seen a few preview clips involving the use of horses in battle (not real big on seeing animals hurt in film). However, in the context of the story, the scenes were well done and not gratuitous. The story is very old-world, hearkening back to the golden age of Hollywood lore.
We Bought a Zoo was another surprise. I’m a fan of Cameron Crowe’s work anyway, but this was a bit of a departure for him. Essentially, it is a family film, but neither as vapid nor maudlin as so many other kid-friendly movies that come down the pipe these days. Kids should love it, and I suspect lots of parents will also enjoy the story.
Toast is a hidden gem. A coming-of-age story set in 1960’s Britain, it’s a quirky and clever comedy with a mix of popular and unknown actors. Anyone who loves film-festival movies should find this one to be a treat.