Awards season is here, and there are a number of excellent movies to catch before the hardware is handed out. What are the best flicks you've seen recently?

Here are a trio of excellent films that I've seen over the last few weeks:

Philomena

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"Philomena" isn't an action, adventure, or suspense movie. But it's an excellent film with a lot of heart. Judi Dench is nominated for a bunch of awards for playing a simple Irish woman who's infant son, who was born out of wedlock in a convent, was taken away from her decades earlier. As she's gotten older, she's never stopped wondering what became of her child. A cynical and world weary journalist (Steve Coogan) agrees to help her on her search.

The movie is sweet, sad, and excellently acted. It's amazing to believe that James Bond's spymaster, "M" can so completely transform.

 


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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If you saw "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", after the 2012 film's abrupt, cliffhanger ending, you've probably been anxiously looking forward to the next chapter.

When a movie clocks in at 2 hours and 40 minutes but doesn't feel like you're sitting in the theater for 2 hours and 40 minutes, that's a pretty good indication that you're being entertained.

My only complaint - another cliffhanger! We'll have to wait almost another year for the next chapter.

 

 

 


Captain Phillips

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I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about "Captain Phillips" going into it. We all know the true story of the cargo ship hijacking in 2009. There was so much media attention to so many details of the ordeal, and the real Captain Richard Phillips made so many TV appearances that, if the movie wasn't done perfectly, it would come off as a cheesy Hollywood dramatization.

Thankfully, the movie is done almost perfectly.

As usual, Tom Hanks completely transforms himself and makes us forget that we're watching one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world.

It's pretty amazing that even though we all know how the ordeal ends, the movie still manages to be incredibly suspenseful.

 


So, if you're in the market for a good movie, there are a few of my favorites that I've seen recently.

What are some of your suggestions? Tell us in the comments!