In the City (2003)✭✭✭✭
Torremolinos 73 (2003) ✭✭✭✭
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) ✭✭✭✭1/2
Rob Reiner’s warm and enjoyable film is everything a sentimental Hollywood drama should be, and an excellent choice for family viewing. A embittered, hard drinking novelist (Morgan Freeman) retreats to an upstate New York vacation community for the summer, and eventually reconnects with humanity and his lost creativity. Despite its predictable and occasionally trite angles, the film succeeds due to Morgan Freeman, who once again proves he is among Hollywood’s all time great crafters of character. Even supporting actor Fred Willard --who’s been known to steal a scene or two himself-- can only sit and marvel at Freeman’s superb timing and charisma. Simply stated, Morgan Freeman is a national treasure.