Several movies we watched that I highly recommend:
Up in the Air. George (Clooney, for those of you who don't venture out much) just keeps getting better and better. This is a quiet simple movie that doesn't pander to the audience or tie up the character's lives in a cute red ribbon. It's real, the characters are complex and messy, and it's simply wonderful.
Bright Star. I had to watch this twice, and got more out of it the second time around, frankly. There's a lot of dialogue and the emotions are quiet and profound. Plus, the costumes are exquisite on the lead actress. I want her gold ball gown.
The Duchess. Wow. The apple certainly doesn't fall far from the tree. This is about Princess Di's great-great-great-great grand relation (I think I have all the 'greats' right here). It's also well acted. And it's a visual feast.
I watched the Oscars and called all the winners except for the shorts, foreign film, and documentary. Should've had money riding in an Oscar pool somewhere......