Watched these on a tiny in-flight screen so my take is not how I feel it might have played out over a proper big screen but rather my - subjective - personal experience:
Zero Dark Thirty (6/10)
Not being American (as in a citizen of USA), this film did not carry me along the way as it might have for a more interested audience. I didn't particularly empathise or sympathise with the lead actress as she just came across as a little too self-absorbed; and I suspect the film was trying to paint an objective view of the whole 'war on terror'; so it felt more like bits and pieces - where the film drops in example after example of uncut torture techniques and the like, ostensibly giving the message: "hey, we've got nothing to hide; we don't do it cause we like to but we do it cause we got to". Perhaps an American might have felt some of that residual pride surging from within while watching the movie but for me it did nothing, at least on this front.
That being said, if I ignore what sentiments i have about the above, I'd give the movie maybe an 8/10 for the rest of it.
Similar sentiments as above, as I could not connect with the whole American-ness of it (which is not necessarily a bad thing, for pandering to a global audience just results in more movies like Transformers - fun to watch, but that's probably it).
Whether it was cognitive biases from reviews and the oscars, or whether it was my own objective opinion, I really felt at the end of it that the lead actor delivered a superb, honest performance (my rating is based mainly on this). I also liked how the film went deep with the details when it mattered (so many films these days are just so stingy with detail), like the intricacies of legislating.
Cloud Atlas (7/10)
So much potential in this film, but it failed to live up to it.
I was left trying to connect the dots when it ended (forgive my less than rapid processing of details).
I was hoping for it to leave me with a sort of pensive mood - which is nice sometimes - but it didn't; I just felt rather let down that the film really did not hit any climax for me, nor did it close very well. I think this is a case of a film where it could have done with more depth. It contrasts with the book Hyperion (and the Fall of Hyperion) where the interconnectedness was much more vivid and easy to reach for the reader; and where everything dovetailed in such a climactic manner. Cloud Atlas was perhaps too subtle for my tastes.
I really like Bond films, so far they've always been very safe bets when deciding what to watch. You go in there knowing what to expect.
Yet Skyfall paled in comparison to the previous ones I've watched (e.g. Casino Royale).
I would have preferred more action, more gadgets, and more intensity (a faster tempo) that grips the viewer (like watching the new Batman series).
Everything in the film was decent, I just did not like the castle defence part (so unlike Bond).