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Movie Review: THE HANGOVER PART II

THE HANGOVER PART II final poster |©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong Writers: Craig Mazin & Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips, based on characters created by John Lucas & Scott Moore Director: Todd Phillips Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 26, 2011 THE HANGOVER PART II isn’t especially funny. Don’t misunderstand – the movie isn’t direly un-funny like (random comparison) COP OUT. It’s genial, it has a plot that trots along decently, a good cast and gorgeous Thailand scenery. Still, it is struck somewhere between past glory that it can’t recreate and a new scenario that is better for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DO NOT DISTURB

DO NOT DISTURB movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: Unrated Stars: Diva Zappa, Eric Balfour, Troy Garity, Lindsay Pulsipher, Jason Alan Smith, Mali Elfman, Harris Goldberg, Maureen Flannigan Writers: Mali Elfman (“Maids Sequence”), Laura Henry (“Prom”), Christie Ko (“Duccios Madonna”), Jon Mann-Krieger (“Intrinsic”), Brandon Nicholas (“Death Takes a Holiday Inn”), Petro Papahadjopoulos (“Rocketman”), created by Mali Elfman Directors: Eric Balfour (“Duccios Madonna”), Laura Henry (“Prom”), Jon Mann-Krieger (“Intrinsic”), Brandon Nicholas (“Death Takes a Holiday Inn” and “Maids Sequence”), Petro Papahadjopoulos (“Rocketman”) Distributor: Warner Bros./Gravitas Ventures Release Date: May 1, 2011 Hotels lend themselves to anthologies of both the literary and cinematic varieties. Back in 1995, Quentin Tarantino, Robert […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Classics

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson Writer: Woody Allen Director: Woody Allen Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: May 20, 2011 Woody Allen has been writing and directing movies since 1969’s TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (or 1966’s WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY? If one counts his before-its-time MSTK redubbed take on a Japanese spy film). He started out as a farceur, then did comedy/dramas, then tried straight drama and by 1980, he made a movie called STARDUST MEMORIES where aliens told his onscreen alter ego (played by Allen) that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES final poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Johnny Depp, Peneolpe Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane Writer: Screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Characters by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie,Jay Wolpert Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 20, 2011 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN is a film series that I think could probably just keep going like the Energizer Bunny. People didn’t react as kind to the last couple of PIRATES sequels as well as they did the first film though. Complaints concerning films two and three (DEAD MAN’S CHEST and AT WORLD’S END)were that there were too many storylines […]Read On »

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THE RITE is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

THE RITE | © 2011 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES THE RITE – Unlike the recent demonic possession films that have come out of late – THE LAST EXORCISM, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE – is a taut supernatural thriller that does a good job of keeping you guessing as to where the flick is going. A […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRIEST

PRIEST movie poster | ©2011 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer, Stephen Moyer Writer: Cory Goodman, based on the graphic novel series by Min-Woo Hyung Director: Scott Stewart Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: May 13, 2011 PRIEST is a decent enough post-apocalyptic action movie, pitting a kinetic superhero against an army of darkness, but the film’s reliance on archetypes is at odds with what seem to be its intended philosophical underpinnings. By the end, we can’t tell if director Scott Stewart and screenwriter Cory Goodman have intentionally managed to avoid being overly pretentious in adapting Min-Woo […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TROLL HUNTER (Trolljegeren)

TROLLHUNTER poster | ©2011 Magnet Releasing

Stars: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Morck, Hans Morten Hansen Writer: Andre Ovredal Director: Andre Ovredal Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: May 6, 2011 VOD; June 10, 2011 theatrical Trolls. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t easily kill them. This is the situation presented to us in Norwegian writer/director Andre Ovredal’s THE TROLL HUNTER (aka TROLLJEGEREN) which has enough moments of straight-faced hilarity to balance out its slower stretches. The film is currently available VOD and opens theatrically on June 10. For those who don’t know much about the origins of trolls in Scandinavian mythology, they are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR

THOR - teaser poster 2 | ©2011 Paramount/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo Writers: Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne, story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich, based on the comic books by Stan Lee & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: May 6, 2011 Adapted from a Marvel title created by Stan Lee & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby, THOR certainly had the potential to be cheesy, what with a race of aliens, the Asgard, mistaken by the Vikings for gods all […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

DYLAN DOG - DEAD OF NIGHT movie poster | ©2011 Freestyle Releasing

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer, based on the graphic novels created by Tiziano Sclavi Director: Kevin Munroe Distributor: Freestyle Releasing Release Date: April 29, 2011 There’s nothing really wrong with DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT as far as it goes. Unfortunately, the movie is coming out after about five million TV series and several other film franchises with more or less the same premise. Once the initial specific memory wears off, viewers may find themselves trying to remind which episode of BUFFY featured Brandon Routh […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FAST FIVE

FAST FIVE movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schultze, Joaquim de Almeida, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 29, 2011 FAST FIVE, the fifth installment in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise has everything anyone could ask of this kind of film. It has Vin Diesel returning. It has Dwayne Johnson joining the cast. It has Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s character beating the expletive deleted out of each other. It […]Read On »

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