Movies shown on airline flights are generally garbage. However, on my recent trip to Australia, I was treated to some very good films and some predictably bad ones. Here’s the low down.

Cairo Time: Nothing much happens, but from the very first frame, I was hooked. This is a beautiful film about a woman who goes to Cairo to visit her diplomat husband. It’s a story about the complexities of love and middle eastern politics, where nothing is black and white. It stars the wonderful Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig. I have yet to see Patricia Clarkson in a bad movie. She knows how to select her films. Beware: There’s no nudity, violence, adult language, dazzling special effects or big stars. It reminds me of the film classic, Brief Encounter

Animal Kingdom: This Australian movie is completely different from Cairo Time, and I enjoyed it in a different way. This is a hard edged and gritty story about a family of low level criminals. There’s lots of violence and adult language, but the performances are stellar and the storyline fascinating. 

Eat, Pray, Love: Julia Roberts is having a mid-life crisis and goes on an around the world journey to find herself and happiness. Guess what? By the end of the movie, she does. Everyone feels good. This cliche filled and predictable movie is a STINKER!! If you have insomnia, this movie will cure you. 

The Switch: I should have known better. Any movie with Jennifer Anniston is guaranteed to be a crap. Who enjoys this kind of drivel?