Post Tagged with: “Featured”

State of Play

State of Play

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Rating: PG-13

Plot: The mysterious death of a capital hill research assistant unfolds into political scandal after congressman Stephen Collins (Affleck) admits he was having an affair with her. Meanwhile seasoned Washington Globe reporter Cal McAffrey (Crowe), Collins’ old college roommate, can’t seem decide whether his strained friendship with the troubled congressman is worth not cashing in on his exclusive access to the central source in the biggest story of the year. But the more McAffrey, along with his spitfire assistant Della Frye (McAdams), investigates the death of the assistant, the closer he’s led to PointCorp, one of the nations largest private arms dealers, which is about to sign a multi-billion-dollar government contract

read more

17 Again

17 Again

Directed by: Burr Steers
Cast: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Matthew Perry
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: PG 13

Plot: Mike O’Donnell (Adult, Perry) yearns to relive his senior year in order to undo past mistakes. When a janitorial “spirit guide” hears O’Donnell bemoaning his lost youth, he arranges for O’Donnell to fall off a bridge into a magical whirlpool that transforms O’Donnell into a teenager (Efron). Yes, it’s inches from purple cows in tutus, but just go with it, people.

Who’s It For? Hard one…on the surface it’s dressed up for teenaged girls, but there is a surprisingly poignant undercurrent of “What if?” for unhappy adults. Zac Efron is there for the tweeny-boppers, but under all the eye-candy and fluff, the movie has some heart to it.

Expectations: Low-de-low-low. I expected

read more

Observe and Report

Observe and Report

Directed by: Jody Hill
Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Rating: R

Plot: A bipolar mall cop (Rogen) strives to become a police officer while also pursuing a flasher and a thief.

Who’s It For? The appeal of Seth Rogen has always been coed. But this particular film might be his biggest challenge to all of his devoted followers.

Expectations: Early buzz from SXSW said this was a “dark version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Now what the h-e-double hockey-sticks could that mean?

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:

Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt: That big kid in high school with the buzzcut and mental issues that kind of scared us? He grew up to be a security officer at the local mall. But Rogen pulls off this semi-sympathetic without letting go completely

read more

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Vanessa Williams, Lucas Till
Time: 1 hr 38 min
Rating: PG

Plot: The Hannah Montana persona has started to take over Miley Stewart’s life (Miley Cyrus), so her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) tricks her into returning to her roots in Tennessee. Via montages and silly slow-mo, Miley learns what’s truly important: people like you better when you’re blond.

Who’s It For? The three gazillion unquestioning, rabid devotees of Hannah Montana.

Expectations: I didn’t expect it to feel like an army brain-washing experiment where they trap you in a chair and peel your eyelids back and force you to watch hours of surreal crap until you’re turned into a mindless soldier for Disney—and I was dead wrong.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:
Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart: I’m

read more

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

Directed by: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Deisel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: PG 13

Plot: FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and noble rogue Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) join forces in the fourth installment in this automotive porn series to bring down the head of a drug cartel.

Who’s It For? Fans of mindless action flicks! Woooo!

Expectations: I was hoping for brainless, silly action and Vin Diesel is usually pretty good about that. I should warn everyone that I’m basing this review entirely on how much I enjoyed the movie and my innate ability to switch off my brain—if you, on the other hand, cannot turn your brain off, you probably shouldn’t even read this review. Right now my demographic consists of slaves to action flicks and

read more

Adventureland

Adventureland

Directed by: Greg Mottola
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Reynolds
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Rating: R

Plot: The summer of 1987 is the scene for this coming-of-age story about James (Eisenberg) and his job at the amusement part Adventureland. The college graduate needs to earn some cash to get ready for grad school, but Em (Stewart) quickly becomes the focus of his attention.

Who’s It For? I already mentioned “coming-of-age” and I’m sure I’ll do it a couple more times. That’s the draw of this film. Not comedy.

Expectations: I liked everyone involved, but when I saw the previews and it looked just from that Reynolds was going to mail this one in.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:
Jesse Eisenberg as James Brennan: Is he attempting to take the Woody Allen trophy?

read more

Duplicity

Duplicity
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Rating: PG-13

Plot: A couple of romantically involved corporate spies (Owen and Roberts) scheme to screw two battling pharmaceutical companies out of forty million dollars.

Who’s It For? The fun of Duplicity will bode best with people that have longer attention spans and are less than demanding when it comes to action this is in your face. Being a fan of classic con films will be a plus.

Expectations: Writer-director Tony Gilroy impressed with his Oscar-nominated film Michael Clayton. That film proved his smarts, and I expected Duplicity to be a more mainstream continuation of this skill.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:
Clive Owen as Ray Koval: Another dapper role that has Owen turning up

read more

I Love You Man

I Love You, Man

Directed by: John Hamburg
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Rating: R

Plot: A guy, who completely loses male friends when he is involved with women, must find a best man before his wedding.

Who’s It For? The same dating crowd that loves to remember Forgetting Sarah Marshall would be treating themselves to an even funnier experience.

Expectations: Considering its cast, I thought this was going to be another comedy from Judd Apatow (it is not). Seth Rogen is nowhere to be seen, and the film’s writers aren’t even from the Apatow universe.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:

Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven: Rudd is becoming the best man for romantic comedies. His carefully balanced level of handsomeness makes his attractiveness seemingly attainable to the ladies, yet his characters always seem

read more

Knowing

Knowing

Directed by: Alex Proyas
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury
Running Time: 2 hrs, 2 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Plot: A disillusioned widower/college professor’s son (Cage) attends an elementary school that plans to unveil a time capsule that’s been buried for 50 years. Little does he know that the contents of the letter his son retrieves from the relic contains an alarming amount of answers regarding a half-century’s worth of disasters. The film centers upon a grieving man’s struggle to thwart the inevitable effects of certain disaster.

Who’s It For?: Difficult to peg. Nicholas Cage fans are routinely taken on tangential rides where their favorite actor jumps from exploring think-pieces [Adaptation] to blockbusting fluff [Bangkok Dangerous]. As one of the world’s more relevant movie stars, Cage needed an intelligent, thought-provoking feature to bring his star

read more

Watchmen

Watchmen
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Cast: Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson
Running Time: 2 hrs 40 mins
Rating: R

Click here to read Nick Allen’s take. Allen read the graphic novel.

Plot: It’s an alternative America, with President Nixon serving his third term, and the Russians on the brink of nuclear war with the United States. Now someone killed off an ex-superhero, which leads to a plan that could risk all of Earth.

Who’s It For? I have no clue if the rabid fan base will be satisfied, but superhero fans will get just enough of what they crave.

Expectations: So curious. I avoid previews for the most part. There’s just no purpose in them for me, since my goal is maximum entertainment while sitting in the theater. Plus

read more