Charlie Wilson's War: **** Very Good
National Treasure: Book of Secrets: *** Good
Juno: **** Very Good
The story is good too. I didn't once wonder what time it was. It's about our involvement in the war between Afghanistan and Russia in the 1980s. Our side won, and then we abandoned Afghanistan instead of helping them rebuild. (Sound familiar, like this is a repeating pattern of ours?)
But, it's not a downer of a movie. See it in the theater if you can.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is better than the first National Treasure movie in my estimation. The acting is certainly better. The cast includes Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, and Jon Voight - all good actors.
It's an adventure story with lots and Lots and LOTS OF ACTION! It has a happy ending. If you are in the mood for some mindless fun, this one will do.
Saving the best for last, Juno was very good. The star is somebody I'd never heard of - Ellen Page. She's a high school junior who finds she is pregnant. The father is played by Michael Cera who is a perfect just-lost-his-virginity, track-team-spindly kind of boy. Juno is witty and mature and handles her predicament well.
The only negative for me was that she's too witty and mature. Many of the teenagers I see are semi-verbal at best. Juno is just too smart and poised sometimes. But there are times when she's perfect.
Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, and Allison Janney round out the cast.
Allison Janney plays Juno's step mom and has some wonderful scenes. Jennifer Garner is good as a young professional woman who really, really wants a baby.
I don't want to tell the story, just see it for yourself.