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Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July, 2010)

Director: John TurtelTaub Screenplay: Lawrence Konner, approved Mark Rosenthal, ed Matt Lopez Release Date: July 14, 2010 Actors: Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellaluci As a fan of Fantasia’s Mickey Mouse’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I was hoping on a good tale that would do Mickey Mouse justice. Truthfully, I don’t remember the original tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, so I can’t say if this movie is faithful to the story. Director John Turteltaub, who also directed the action adventure National Treasure, as well as the television series Jericho, comes back with Nicholas Cage for the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, as the Sorcerer Balthazar. The Apprentice, who stars the likeable star of Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League, but has the unfortunate trait of sounding like Christian Slater) is, in current day, the awkward brainiac nerd that loves physics. Centuries ago, Merlin (yes, THAT wizard) had three apprentices – Veronica, Balthazar and Horvath, who protected Merlin from Morgana (the evil sorceress) and to prevent Morgana from raising the dead and take over the world. Unfortunately for Merlin, both Balthazar and Horvath fell in love with Veronica, causing a huge rift between Horvath and Balthazar as Veronica fell in love […]

Movie Review: Avatar, The Last Airbender (July, 2010)

Director: M. Night Shymalan Screenplay: M. Night Shymalan Release Date: July 1, pathopsychology 2010 Actors: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Cliff Curtis Based on the anime on Nickelodean By now everyone knows the general critics consensus of this movie. A big fat D- to F grade. I saw this film with a group of friends that were mixed in their knowledge of Avatar, the popular Nickelodean series. (Not to be confused with the blue people, as many people I mentioned to, gave me a strange look when I mentioned the title.) A few of my friends absolutely loved the Avatar tv series, and were very excited with the prospect of seeing the movie. I had only seen small parts of the popular anime, but did not know much about the story or who the Avatar was. My movie buddies had never even heard of the series. The consensus? Those who had watched the series – hated it. With a passion. I thought it was okay. My boyfriend liked it, and the opinion was split between one friend who really enjoyed it, and the other friend who didn’t like it at all. Having now […]

Movie Review: Grownups (June, 2010)

Director: Dennis Dugan Screenplay: Adam Sandler, diagnosis Fred Wolf Release Date: June 25, 2010 Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten Several people asked me whether or not Grownups was very good after I had seen it. “It looks really dumb”, they claim. Weeelll, I’m not here to write that Grownups is any good or any better. It’s a silly comedy, with a variance of witty remarks to slapstick comedy that we are now very used to from the very popular comedians we have come to know and love (or hate, for a few). What I mean is that, every comedian has their own style of comedy. Rob Schneider has become known for his in your face, over the top silly comedy, such as in [ insert gigolo movie here], where his humor, is translated into Grownups, with his over-the-top singing and over-the-top hair. Kevin James (whom I adore), jokes about his weight and his love for eating (common in his comedy), using more physical comedy to deliver the laughs, and Adam Sandler jokes are more verbal and fairly unique. Because of those though, I felt the […]

Movie Review: Remember Me (March, 2010)

Director: Allen Coulter Release Date: March 12, pharmacy 2010 Screenplay: Will Fetters Actors: Robert Pattinson, cardiologist Emilie de Ravin, Ruby Jerins, Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin The DVD release for Remember Me comes out on the 22nd of June, and having missed the screening of it earlier in the year, I was happy to be able to watch this, since I heard a few good things from people who had seen it. Let’s make this clear. I am not a Twilight fan (anyone who knows me can confirm this to the third degree). I am not a Robert Pattinson fan of any shape or form (though I did like his Cedric Diggory in the fourth and fifth movies of the Harry Potter films.) Having watched the first Twilight film and part of the second one, I find it now disappointing that Pattinson may be seen for a while, as “Twilight’s Edward”, because truthfully, he is much better than that. Remember Me follows the life of Tyler Hawkins (played by Pattinson), but starts off introducing Ally Craig (Lost‘s Emilie de Ravin) and the tragedy she experiences when she is young. Tyler is practically estranged from his dad (Pierce Brosnan) and […]

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon (March, 2010)

Director: Dean DeBlois, ampoule Chris Sanders Screenplay: Dean DeBlois, more info Adam F. Goldberg, doctor Chris Sanders, Peter Tolan Release Date: March 26, 2010 Actors: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera Based on the kid’s book of the same name ( Book 1) by Cressida Cowell I’m still behind on publishing movie reviews that have, by now, left the theatre, or are currently in the theatre. I will get to it eventually, but I wanted to write this one since it is fresh and lovable in my eyes. How to Train a Dragon is the story of a young, seemingly weak and scrawny Viking named Hiccup, trying to fit in with the rest of the Viking clan. The Vikings are a group of huge, muscular people, making their own tools, growing their own food and making their own fires. Their main hobby is killing dragons, as the Vikings and the Dragons have been killing each other for centuries. The dragons have been taking their livestock and food, and the Vikings have been killing dragons to prevent them from taking what is theirs. There are many different kinds of dragons, with the most dangerous of all being the Night […]