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Movie Review: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp Writer: George Nolfi, based on the story THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM by Philip K. Dick Director: George Nolfi Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 4, 2011 Screenwriter George Nolfi, who has previously tackled THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, OCEAN’S TWELVE and TIMELINE, makes his feature directorial debut with THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (adapted by Nolfi from Philip K. Dick’s THE ADJUSTMENT TEAM). The film has a curious inversion of the usual problem that plagues big science-fiction/fantasy films. Instead of a terrific idea populated by rote characters, here we’ve got delightful characters […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Let’s get ranty with the STARS, the Oscars, BEASTLY & more

BEASTLY movie poster | ©2011 CBS Films

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t limit my ranting to just one subject this week. There are just too many things that make me ranty. Dancing with the Polarizing Political Figures Professional witch-denier and all-around dummy Christine O’Donnell says she has been approached to be on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. In a related story, I’m going to file a class action suit against ABC for claiming that this show features stars. Christine O’Donnell? Really? What, you couldn’t get Michael Vick? ABC, have you thought about asking Ben Roethlisberger? If you are lucky, he might even rape one of your dancers. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella Writers: Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell, based on the novel by Didier van Cauwelaert Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 18, 2011 Director Jaume Collet-Serra helmed 2009’s ORPHAN, which had a truly “Holy bananas!” plot twist that was fairly unforeseeable. UNKNOWN likewise hinges on a big plot twist and, although this one is easier to guess before it is revealed, it’s also a better movie. This is largely because UNKNOWN is a perfectly decent action thriller even once we and our hero […]Read On »

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Movie Review: I AM NUMBER FOUR

I AM NUMBER FOUR movie poster | ©2011 DreamWorks/Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand Writers: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Marti Noxon, based on the novel by Pittacus Lore (Jobie Hughes & James Frey) Director: D.J. Caruso Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: February 18, 2011 Stop me if you’ve heard this: super-powered teenager attends high school and tries to pass for normal, but a combination of human and otherworldly forces cause the teen’s otherness to surface. In terms of the spine of I AM NUMBER FOUR, you can skip past CARRIE and jump straight to SMALLVILLE, especially […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EAGLE

THE EAGLE movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare Writer: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: February 11, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the team that previously brought us THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, now set a tale in actual, albeit ancient, Scotland. Although THE EAGLE is much more steeped in legend and natural beauty (the film was shot in Scotland and Hungary), the filmmakers manage to bring the moral ambiguity levels impressively high, even […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GNOMEO & JULIET

GNOMEO and JULIET teaser poster | ©2011 Miramax Films

Rating: G Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham Writers: Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil and Mark Burton, additional writing by Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg, based on an original screenplay by Rob Sprackling and John Smith Director: Kelly Asbury Distributor: Touchstone Pictures What would it look like if a bunch of 3D animated garden gnomes danced to famous Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs? If this seems like a strange question, rest assured that the answer is equally loopy in GNOMEO & JULIET. Adapted very, very loosely from William Shakespeare’s similarly-titled tragedy, GNOMEO takes us into a world […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: LIMITLESS trailer

LIMITLESS poster | ©2011 Relativity

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. LIMITLESS Release Date: March 18, 2011 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish What Is it? A new sci-fi thriller about a drug that allows you to tap into all of the potential of your brain – and apparently makes you smarter than Robert De Niro. But hey, you don’t need a pill to make you smart enough to avoid starring in LITTLE […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: RIO trailer

RIO movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. RIO Release Date: April 15, 2011 Stars: Voices weren’t promoted on the commercial What Is it? An animated movie set in Rio about a bird who needs to find his rhythm. It’s “From the creators of ICE AGE.” Want To See Factor: The trailer is not very funny even though the visuals look somewhat impressive. They should have went the RANGO route and tried […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: RANGO trailer (and watch it too!)

RANGO poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. RANGO Release Date: March 4, 2011 Stars: The voice of Johnny Depp What Is it? An animated feature from director Gore Verbinski about a house lizard stranded in an old west town where he must navigate ruthless gangs and other animated cowboy ruffians. Want To See Factor: Animated films are tricky to do right, but this one looks like a hoot – playing to […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES trailer (and watch it too!)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - ON STRANGER TIDES poster

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Release Date: May 20, 2011 Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz What Is it? The fourth sequel in the PIRATES saga, this time solely focused on Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Want To See Factor: Anyone who’s seen the previous released trailer, has seen this one, except crammed into a tighter spot. Does it make you want to see it? […]Read On »

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