"The Book Thief" is a fine example of the "Being exuberantly human in the shadow of the Swastika" micro-genre. Good cast, good performances, heartwarming, bittersweet. Exactly what it said on the label.
"Out of the Furnace" is a grim, humorless thriller about a man whose generally awful luck involves running afoul of the local meth kingpin. Good cast, good performances, BADLY structured story with a surprising number of stupid plot holes. Doesn't anyone know how to lay out a basic scam anymore?
"Homefront" is a Jason Statham action movie. That's really all you need to know. Statham maintains a consistent level of quality, and if you like his stuff, you like his stuff. I do.
"Philomena" is a "based on a true story" tale of a woman trying to find the son whom she had given up for adoption nearly fifty years earlier. It is, of necessity, heart warming and bittersweet. There is some debate as to its historicity. There is a moment in the story involving a Celtic harp logo that is story telling gold. If it is fictitious, it is BRILLIANT, and if it is true, someone is in deep debt to the gods of serendipity.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is much of a piece with the first installment, and once again I watched it in 2D one day, and 48 frame 3D the next. Jackson and company have come a long way in learning to avoid shots that look cheesy in 48 frame, though a lot of the orc makeup still looks pretty awful. Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel is a LOT of fun, though her story arc is downright toxic from the standpoint of a Tolkein purist. Of course, much of this movie is similarly toxic, particularly the "Gandalf in Dol Guldur" material.
In the meantime... Two weeks ago I discovered that an 18" long piece of fascia board, and the attached gutter, on the back of the house, had torn away, and that the resulting opening had been discovered by squirrels. I have since contracted someone to make repairs, and climbed up there twice to administer poison in the interest of discouraging unauthorized residents. I LIKE squirrels; I just don't like them under my roof.
I have "shoveled" (by means of various electrical devices) the walk twice in the last eight days. I am not happy about this. Have I mentioned how much I hate winter?