"Paranorman" is an animated zombie movie targeted at eight-year-olds. Within those parameters, it is quite good. Outside of those parameters, it is tolerable.
"The Intouchables" is a French language film about a street thug who stumbles into a job as caretaker for a quadriplegic. Both men change and grow as a result. It's a funny, touching story that seems to be substantially true.
"The Words" is a drama about ethics and creativity that manages to not be dry as dust. The cast is good, the character work is good, the movie seems to have something to say but never quite gets it said. I am very glad I saw it. I still can't decide if I liked it, or if it was any good.
"Lawless" is an Appalachian gangster movie, based on historical events. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you will like. I did.
"Hit & Run" is a road trip/ action movie/ romantic comedy/ THING that is quirky, daffy, and dark. I liked it a great deal.
September 2 was my friend Ernie's (EGG, Jr.) birthday, and he hosted a game day. I showed up, kibitzed a while, played a game of "San Juan" (Ernie won), kibitzed some more, and then took a risk and sat in on a game of "Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game". I was told it would take three and a half hours to play (which goes with Board Game Geek's estimate of three hours); it actually took six.I enjoyed it, but didn't enjoy it enough to justify that investment of time. I did get some conversation with Ernie, though, and that is always a good thing.
On September 3 we made our annual pilgrimage to the Bristol Ren Faire, and did the usual Faire things. It was a pleasant, nearly perfect day, but I was suffering from enough Autumnal Malaise to take all of the sparkle off of everything. Still, it is a good place.