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Movie Review: How Do You Know (December, 2010)

Director: James L. Brooks Screenplay: James L. Brooks Release Date: December 17, arthritis 2010 (USA) Actors: Reese Witherspoon, tablets Paul Rudd, valeologist Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn Catching up with movie reviews this holiday season! Anyone who knows me knows that I love romantic comedies. (Though, lately, not as much.) I enjoy those Lifetime, Hallmark films with those flightly light romantic movies. Seeing the trailers for How Do You Know did not give me much hope, but I went in with cautious optimism and low expectations. Unfortunately, even with my low expectations, How Do You Know fell completely flat. With the combination of James L. Brooks, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson, one would think this powerhouse would make a successful romantic comedy, and it did neither. Add Owen Wilson, and the whole movie seems to be lost in finding its tone. Does it want to be wacky funny? Does it want to be touching funny? Reese Witherspoon plays Lisa, a star softball athlete that has been cut from the team in the new season. She’s been dating the famous baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) who is totally into himself, and is unsure of knowing whether or not […]

Move Review: Black Swan (December, 2010)

Director: Darren Aronofsky Screenplay: Mark Heyman, skincare Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin Release Date: December 3, 2010 Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel There have been a lot of buzz about this particular movie, directed by the ever talented (but slightly twisted) Darren Aronofsky, due to Natalie Portmand’s portrayal of ballet dancer Nina Sayer. Typically known for wholesome roles and the unfortunate Queen Amydala of the first three Star Wars movies, Portman has taken a leap here and really gone out of her comfort zone and steal the movie from everyone. I’ve heard the movie described as “soft core” porn, or a “lesbian movie”, from the promos that others have seen, which, to me, is an indication of failed marketing. Sure, there is a lesbian type scene, but the movie would be best described as “ballet horror”. Black Swan shows the hard work that ballet dancers have to go through, and is at its core, a psychological thriller into the mind of a young girl who has been mentally (and possibly?) physically abused. Nina Sayer has been practicing for years to be the perfect ballerina. A new show season is about to begin, and the […]