The Spectacular Now ★★★ - It's good. I think I would have really enjoyed this movie a lot more 7-8 years ago. It's well acted and engaging the entire time.
Lee Daniels' The Butler ★★★1/2 - It was a little unevenly paced, but I really enjoyed it. I almost think it would have been better if they hadn't cast the presidents with well-known actors, though. That kind of took me out of the story... and the epilogue is probably too long. Other than that, I really enjoyed it. Oprah got snubbed by the Golden Globe committee.
Mud ★★★ - Not as good as I thought it was going to be. Maybe the hype spoiled it for me. The kids in the movie were great, but it was just a little too slow for my tastes. I fell asleep watching it a couple of nights in a row. I think Take Shelter is the better film from Nichols.