Here are the movies I watched on my two 12-hour plane rides to/from China. I’m always a few years behind the rest of the world when it comes to pop culture.

Dallas Buyers Club: I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. Physical transformation aside, I wasn’t sure what was so great about Matthew McConaughy’s performance.

Nebraska: I wanted to see it because it was written by Bob Nelson, who lives near Seattle. It exceeded my wildest expectations.

Saving Mr. Banks: Yeah, I watched a Disney movie (starring Tom Hanks, no less). It was a cute movie, no more, no less.

Good Ol’ Freda: A great documentary about the woman who was the secretary for The Beatles. My parents recently retired and I think they’d enjoy this movie.

Her: I thought it was contrived, although I enjoyed the vision of a near future uber-connected Los Angeles.

The Monuments Men: George Clooney and Matt Damon, yup–it was Ocean’s Eleven but set during WWII.

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen evidently felt “A Streetcar Named Desire” wasn’t that great of a story and decided to write his own adaptation. Great performances all around.