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By Brett Martin:
A classic fairy tale gets a 21st century make-over and its kind of grim, but is it good?
Amanda Seyfried plays a love sick teen who has boys and werewolves to worry about in Red Riding Hood. Seyfried plays Valerie, who is supposed to marry Henry, played by Max Irons. She doesn’t want to marry Henry, she wants to be with Peter, played by Shiloh Fernandez. Then suddenly Valerie’s sister is eaten by the werewolf, thus forcing red riding hood to postpone her plans. You have seen this kind of supernatural soap opera before; it’s called Twilight, but it’s not as good.
Excrement gags, male genitalia jokes, and other raunchy slap stick fills the screen in the Farrelly brothers’ latest film, Hall Pass. Male mid-life crisis has never been so funny and gross.
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play two domesticated husbands who get a reprieve from being monogamous in Hall Pass. Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate play the suburban housewives who, with the help of Joy Bahar, decide they are going to allow their men a week free from marital fidelity, assuming the guys can cash in.
The film is funny for about the first 50 minutes , but then, sadly, with the lack of character development and predictable gags, it goes flat. Hall Pass ends up having a juvenile view of human sexuality and so many other things in this movie.
Liam Neeson plays a jet-set doctor who loses his passport, loses his indentity, and then losses his wife, but will it lose your attention while watching it ?
Liam Neeson plays Martin Harris , an angry and out-of-control doctor who struggles to get his identity, wife, and mind back in Unknown.
This action-driven movie does, at times, look like something you might see from ‘The Bourne Identity’ series, but it’s not.
Two titans of the Romantic Comedy genre collide to make a movie together. Is it a Jennifer Aniston romcom movie or an Adam Sandler romcom ? I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
Adam Sandler has always played the average man’s man very well, but really, capturing the heart of Jennifer Aniston ? That’s a bit of a stretch. Sandler plays a plastic surgeon who’s best friend and assistant just happens to be Aniston. He is a single guy looking for love and she is a single mom with two kids. One day he meets the girl of his dreams, Brooklyn Decker, my goodness. Sandler asks Aniston to help him win Decker over by playing the ‘fake ex’, and spin one big lie after another.
The teen pop star with the trademark mop top wants to take over the world. Justin Bieber’s latest project is, at the movies. Will you catch the Bieber fever ?
I have never been a big fan of teen pop. Monkees, David Cassidy, Leif Garret, Donny Osmond, Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus… I am not of fan of any of them, from any era. This Justin Beiber kid, with his film Justin Beiber: Never Say Never is a cut above other teen pop stars. Musically I am not a fan but this film does hold up a mirror to our society that is obviously in the midst of a pre-teen genuine youthquake.
A subterranean thriller may just leave you trapped in your seat, with feelings of claustrophobia and suffocation. Sound like fun?
Honestly, do you want to know what its like to be trapped in underwater caves with rising tides and dwindling supplies? Well “Sanctum” in 3D is the movie for you.
A team of underwater cave divers get trapped underground after a tropical storm and when their exit gets blocked, the only way out is down, fighting raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an escape route to the sea.
The actor best known as Hannibal Lecter embodies yet another creepy role, this time as an exorcist. Is it Sir Anthony Hopkins or is it, Satan?
Anthony Hopkins plays a veteran exorcist specialist who takes in a young priest apprentice in “The Rite.” The film charts the education of Michael Kovak, played by newcomer Colin O’Donoghue. He’s a recent seminary graduate who is shipped off to Rome for advanced training as a front-line soldier in the war against Satan.
Adapted from the 1972 Charles Bronson film with the same name, Jason Statham takes on the role of the perfect assissination machine in “The Mechanic.”
From one fatal encounter to the other Statham lives the life of a lonely, soulless hired hitman. His only real relationship is with his mentor, played by Donald Sutherland. But when a contract goes out and a certain hit is made, The Mechanic is obligated to take in a wayward kid (played by Ben Foster) to teach him the ropes of the hit-man game.
He’s been gone for more than three years now. He left us way too soon.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Heath Ledger several times over the last decade. He has always been extremely polite and somewhat talkative. My last interview with him, however, was anything but that.
When I last spoke with Heath it was for the 2007 film ‘I’m Not There’. It was basically a movie about six different incarnations of Bob Dylan …
Oscar frontrunner Natalie Portman plays a busy young doctor who uses Ashton Kutcher, as her sex buddy. I am not making this up, one of the best young actresses of our time is in a movie with the guy from “Punk’d”.
The two play two longtime acquaintances who agree to use each other’s bodies for around-the-clock, emotion-free, sex in “No Strings Attached.” The more they have sex the more the lines are blurred on their relationship as friends. Thus a five minute plot stretches two hours with very few laughs and no chemistry.
gang of bank robbers who just happen to be members of the pretty boy club get an offer they can’t refuse. Do we have any ‘Takers’?
Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Michael Ealy and singer Chris Brown play high rolling bank robbers who get a very lucrtive offer from (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris). It’s a classic heist film with fresh faces in this film that has quite a few explosions, quick edited action sequences, and testosterone drenched chest bumping. Has there ever been a big screen crime crew that looked so handsome?
Vince Vaughn and Kevin James team up for a buddy movie, but is it funny ? That’s the dilemma with the new film The Dilemma.
The two play good friends with an issue. It seems as thought Vaughn’s character catches the wife of James’ character red-handed and cheating on his best buddy, thus a predicament and the title of the film.
The best movie coming out on DVD and BLU-RAY this week is “The Social Network.” The origins of Facebook come together in a DVD Two-Disc Collector’s Edition in the award winning film.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. At the age of 19 , the then-Harvard undergrad Zuckerberg, with the help of some friends, figured out the math to make and create Facebook. The movie allows you to see how Facebook takes off. Apparently it all happened after Zuckerberg gets drunk one night, pouting over the breakup with his girlfriend. With this success comes conflict.
Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in a muddled medieval drama filled with movie clichés, crazy battle montages and the black plague. Cage and Perlman play the role of 14th century Crusaders who return home from a lengthy quest to find Europe in the grip of the Black Death in Season of the Witch.
An oscar winner and a country superstar team up for a movie that is out of tune and out of touch. Country Strong is a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, a country superstar trying to bounce back from rehab, and Tim McGraw, the husband manager. McGraw, who for some reason doesn’t sing one note in the film, pressures Paltrow to go on tour to boost her career. While on tour Paltrow embarks on an affair with a young singer (played by Garrett Hedlund). All the while McGraw has his eyes on another talented singer on the same tour, played by Gossip Girl Leighton Meester.
Blood, gore, rock-n-roll, decapitations and illegal immigration, that is what “Machete” is all about. Director Robert Rodriguez brings on his a-game in this Mexploitation film. Danny Trejo is big, sweaty, and tatooed and he is set on revenge in a world where action speaks louder than words. “Machete” is a man of very few words but when he does say something, someone gets killed…
Jack Black is back ! This time as a “rock-n-roll” giant. I call his latest film “toilet humor” on a large scale. He takes on the 18th century adventure classic “Gullivers Travels” in 3D. In a modern twist Black plays the role of Gulliver who works in the mail room in a Manhattan newspaper. He finally gets his shot to be a writer with the help of the Travel Editor (Amanda Peet). His first assignment is to Bermuda where, on the way there, he gets lost and ends up in Lilliput, a magical place where the people are really small and he is huge. The supporting roles are small in stature and in contribution. Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly and Jason Segel all co-star but their comedic talents aren’t really used. There are enough butt-crack jokes and blows to the gonads to make any movie goers brain turn to mush.
That dysfunctional family with an unusual last name tacks on a third film and milks it for all it’s worth. Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro go toe to toe again in “Little Fockers”. In the first film “Meet the parents” we met the in-laws. In the second film “Meet the Fockers” the in-laws meet each other. Now in the third film kids are brought into the mix.
Sure there is star power, which includes Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Owen Wilson, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba, and yes even Harvey Keitel, but star power doesnt necessisarily mean a good movie.
The Dude takes on a roll made famouse by the “Duke” in an updated film of a classic western tale that may be better than the original. Academy award winner Jeff Bridges takes on the role of Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit.” I was unsure as to whether or not Bridges could pull off playing Cogburn, a role made famous by John Wayne in 1969 but Bridges does and it stays true to the Charles Portis original story thanks to the vision of the Coen Brothers.
Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson mix it up in a romantic comedy about people approaching middle age, in “How do you know.” Witherspoon has to choose between her clueless baseball star hunk (Owen Wilson) and a straight-arrow businessman upended by a federal investigation (Paul Rudd). The scenes did seem to go a bit long with the pace of the film a bit too loose, even disjointed at times. There are some real funny moments but not enough.
In 1982 “Tron” was a breakout film and role for a young Jeff Bridges. Three decades ago everyone was trying to create the next big sc-fi sensation after the emergance of STAR WARS. “Tron” was an important part of that cinematic era. TRON:LEGACY has Bridges, still trapped in electronic purgatory , in an 80’s version of cyberspace. Now his son, played by Garret Hedlund, has been sucked in and with the help of Olivia Wilde’s character they try to escape through video game, gladiator-style events. TRON:LEGACY, though it looks pretty cool, is cursed with a very weak script.
One of the best films of the year has it all…crime, drama, comedy, sports, and heart. “The Fighter” is based on the true story of two boxing brothers in the 1980s. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.
Bale plays the role of Dickey Eklund the pride of blue collar Lowell, MA. He was destined to be a champion in the ring but after a humiliating defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard, he descended into a life of drugs and crime and goes to jail. His younger half-brother Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) takes up the banner and becomes “The Fighter.”
This fantasy adventure, in 3-D, has the kids going on a journey to help King Caspian save the seven lost Lords of Narnia. If, at this point, you have no idea what I am talking about, you may just want to see the movie for the action and special effects. In fact everyone should go and see this movie for visuals… and nothing more. The acting is stiff… and quite frankly it’s too long. Sure the animation is cool… and the battles are grand between good and evil
An ensemble cast of great actors star in a poignant film about the world we live in and answer the question… is there life after layoffs ? Its a timely, intelligently written, beautifully acted film about corporate downsizing that will definitely make you think.
Natlie Portman is amazing in her new film “Black Swan.” Her performance takes on wings but the movie is, at times, fowl. Watch my video review for all the details.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” may be the best in the series…and to think that there is another film to come! See my review. The Next Three Days Not even Russell Crowe can escape his latest film, The next three days. See my review to find out why. Tangled “Tangled” stays true to the original fairy tale but there are several snappy updated one-liners the adults will love. See my video movie review before heading out to the theaters with the kids. Burlesque See “Burlesque” for the singing and dancing…don’t see it for the storyline…its about as believable as Cher’s plastic surgery. See my review to find out why.
Rachel McAdams plays a hard-working tv producer who stumbles on a job at”Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show). She decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy ( Harrison Ford).
Sparks fly when he does not see eye to eye with his new co-host Colleen Peck ( Diane Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality.
Is this film funny ? Stay tunes and see my video review before you see “Morning Glory.”
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and Star Trek’s Chris Pine team with action director Tony Scott in this non-stop thriller.
A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed “The Beast” and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine), aboard another train in the runaway’s path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it – and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area. See my video review before you catch this train wreck.
Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known… and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?
Robert Downey Jr. is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan — on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve
“Saw 3D” will cut to the top at the box office even though it is truly a bad movie. It is the seventh in the series of blood, guts, gore and screams. How does it stack up against the previous six? See my review to find out why movie gimmicks like this make so much money but don’t necessarily add anything new.
Clint Eastwood’s new movie ponders death, you may too, for other other reasons, after sitting through it…
Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” is really three small stories in one. Matt Damon is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. Cecile de France plays a French journalist who has a near-death experience that shakes her reality, and a London schoolboy loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe is in the hereafter.
This action-comedy evolves around retired CIA agents who find themselves in a little trouble. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters. “RED” is not a great film, but it’s pretty amusing, without insulting your intelligence, for the better part of two hours. Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel team up to make a romantic comedy, just barely. There is no chemistry between the two and the biggest laughs come from baby “poo” jokes. “Life as we know it” is a stinker and should be as forgettable as a discarded loaded diaper…
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This “against all odds” movie is like no other you have seen… Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane)… along wityh veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)… battle through the male-dominated horseracing business. In the end they take Secretariat on a spectacular journey to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time. Good flick!
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