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Movie review : Letters to Juliet

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Amanda Seyfried is adorable, and the travels across Italy are dreamy landscape porn. I adored this movie all out of expectation. A nice date film or girl bonding film, or even to just go see alone. Sometimes a film with minor aspirations just gets it right.

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Movie review : Iron Man 2

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Was Iron Man 2 as good as the first? Overall I’d say no but some bits were better. For instance the fighting / action scenes in IM2 were better and there were more of them. Certainly no letdown there.

The main ingredient that is missing in IM2 is the feeling of discovery that the first one had. You really can’t recreate that. Although it’s possible we could get that magic back in a future sequel that brings members of Avengers together.

There’s only one little thing that I didn’t like about the movie: the story doesn’t always stay internally consistent with their universe. We saw in the first movie that the Iron Man suit is insanely heavy. When he first lands on the roof of his house the weight of the suit brings him crashing through every floor until he reaches the basement. In IM2 they need to have Stark get into his suit while at a remote location. So they invent the suitcase that morphs into his suit. The problem is that Pepper is carrying it around and throws it to Stark. Are you telling me that the suitcase version of the suit – which seems to be exactly the same suit that he puts on in his basement – weighs only 10 pounds? Or that the shape of the suit makes a difference in its weight?

I know, it’s very nit-picky. I don’t care if movies warp physics to suit their needs – like warp drive – but once you set the rules, please don’t break them.

And don’t forget to stick around until after the end credits. There is an extra scene that you won’t want to miss.

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Movie review : Furry Vengeance

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This was a pretty silly movie, but the kids should like it and the eco-message is very good. Brooke Shields and Brendan Frasier gave it a good go, in a low-budget flick that elicited a few light chuckles here and there from the adults. The kids on opening day seemed to enjoy the non-talking animal antics.

Warning: Lots of potty humor and semi-violent slapstick.

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Movie review : The Losers

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I’m a big fan of this movie genre. I can’t wait to see the A-Team. But let me tell you this movie was horrible. The plot was horrible. The acting, what little there was of it, was bad. Most of the time it seemed like the actors were just reading their lines for the first time. A few minor laughs. The action was okay at best. And you certainly see all the good bits in the previews. And let me tell you the bad guy in this movie – Max – was pathetic. He was supposed to be some funny bad guy and it just didn’t work at all. Bad writing, bad direction, bad acting.

This movie got a 37% from RottenTomatoes.com. That’s 37% too high.

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Movie review : Date Night

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Sigh. For the two funniest people on television, I was expecting very funny, not mildly amusing. The outtakes showed how enjoyable this film coulda, shoulda have been.

I don’t blame the actors. I think the director told them to dial it back and play it straight – which was a mistake, as the plot doesn’t stand on its own. Really – go ask the Tripplehorns to return the stolen flash drive and you’ll solve this whole mistaken identity mob thing? The Fosters don’t come across as morons, so the writers must be.

If the plot doesn’t make sense in a film, you have to fall back on the acting. In this particular outing, people are paying money to see Tina Fey and Steve Carrell be outrageous. It is unfortunate the actual “Tripplehorns” (in their brief scene) were funnier.

Since Fey and Carrell didn’t act poorly in any way, and even had charisma together, I am assuming the Fosters’ subdued line readings were the director’s choice.

Wait all the way through after the end credits to view the unused, spontaneous line readings and you’ll catch what I mean. These people can be VERY funny if left unleashed to pursue their genius. Someone unwisely decided to play this too straight – too awkwardly uptight – and turned out a film that’s tragically, predictably, ultimately mediocre.

Wait for the DVD for this one. B

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Movie review : How to Train Your Dragon

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[ No Spoilers ] How to Train Your Dragon was a good solid kids movie that the whole family can enjoy. There were a handful of fun action scenes that appeal to kids. I was surprised that it has a PG rating. The fighting scenes are very cartoonish. Nothing more violent than a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

The movie had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments but that was it. It wasn’t hilarious by any means.

The story is very easy to follow. Nothing complex to get lost in.

As far as the peetimes go I think they are all pretty equal. Each one is fairly easy to sum up. But none of them are as missable as I would really like.

The voice acting was top notch. Gerard Butler as Hiccup’s dad was perfect. There wasn’t a weak spot in the cast.

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One thing that bothered me a little after the movie is that it wasn’t obvious if Toothless knew that it was Hiccup who had shot him down in the first place. I would have liked to have seen that added in that after they bond Toothless discovers the truth and then forgives Hiccup. I think that would be a good message to kids about forgiveness.

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Movie review : Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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It is Spring Break in sunny California. I forgot this tidbit of information when I went to the very first showing of Wimpy Kid. The theater was packed with, yep, you guessed it, Middle School Kids. I don’t really like to go see a movie with a bunch of kids in the theater, they bother me…

However…as it turns out… this was a good thing. The kids let me know that this was a truly funny movie and the Moms let me know that they approved. There were no scenes to make a parent sorry they took the kids, not much really gross stuff except for one booger and a nasty piece of cheese.

The acting was good, the story moved along at a pretty good pace, and there was even a nice message for the kids to take home with them.

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Movie review : The Bounty Hunter

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With its convoluted plot, you’d think Bounty Hunter might be a waste of time. Who is after who? Which set of bad guys are we looking at? Why isn’t Milo a cop anymore? It doesn’t really matter. The game is only afoot between Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. Everything else is filler.

The attractive leads have an engaging chemistry – the sole point of the film. The snappy retorts and crazy little chase scenes fit the bill for an hour and a half of light entertainment. In fact, finding Peetimes was pretty easy, since there aren’t really any set pieces you can’t miss.

I can even ignore the unfunny insensitive treatment of Nicole’s co-worker/suitor (a nice enough fellow who puts himself in the line of fire for Nicole and gets atrocious treatment for it). It was enough for me to settle into a pleasant little March movie and watch hunky Butler make cute little Aniston squirm.

B+ for the fun, and ignore the hammy henchmen/plot MacGuffins.

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Movie review : Our Family Wedding

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Surprise sleeper hit! Excellent writing, gales of genuine laughter and an appealing ensemble cast. A+ all around, and an example of how a movie should be done.

This was our favorite movie this year, so far. The fathers steal every scene from the game young couple, making you wish the snapshot photos during the end credits actually herald a return to these families’ lives.

It was challenging to find Peetimes for this film, since there are interesting and funny moments in every scene. Listen closely to the throw-away lines of some of the extended family members. This cast illustrates well the old chestnut of there being no small roles, only small actors.

There is a scene with a goat, where you realize (like the characters do), that Big Life Events are impossible to control once set in motion…and the best thing is to simply sit back and watch the mayhem play out. Then you pick up the broken wine glasses, straighten the tables, and blaze forward anyway.

If you enjoyed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll see some echoes of that here, mixed in with Father of the Bride, Grumpy Old Men, and even the Odd Couple. Great soundtrack, too, which I plan to purchase. Everything associated with this film was simply stellar.

I actually want to go back and see it again. Maybe instead of seeing Cop Out! Oh, wait. I already saw Cop Out. Too bad. Our Family Wedding was the kind of surprise pleasure that a reviewer gets to enjoy once or twice a year…if she’s lucky.

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Movie review : She’s Out of My League

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Charming in a low key way. While the lead characters have no actual romantic chemistry with each other, they are enjoyably cast. The backup friends (on both sides) are really the delight of this film. Stainer and his motley TSA group really come into their own by the story’s end.

The mathematics of hotness is interestingly worked out, all things considered (even though the sappy final message is that we’re all a 10 outside if we believe it inside).

This wasn’t too hard to get PeeTimes for, as nothing really happens in this film that you absolutely can’t miss. It’s not like there is an actual plot here. It’s just a cute lightweight film that seems to have a bit of fun with itself.

B-, and wait for the DVD.

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