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Movie Review: True Grit (December, 2010)

Directors: Ethan Coen, surgeon Joel Coen Screenplay: Ethan Coen, price Joel Coen Release Date: December 22, pharmacy 2010 Actors: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin Remake of the John Wayne 1969 western of the same name and the novel by Charles Portis (Am continuing to try and catch up to all these movies I’ve seen!) True Grit is the remake of the 1979 original of the same name of the John Wayne classic western, this time directed by the Coen brothers. Most of the time, the Coen brothers does little to please me as I don’t enjoy the kind of humor they tend to throw on screen (No Country for Old Men comes to mind, as I really hated that film). I had my reservations going into this film, with the combination of not really liking the Coen brothers and really detesting most westerns. What I found was pleasantly surprising, and I think it’s due to the young female lead of Hailee Steinfeld. The story begins with the death of Mattie Ross’ (Hailee Steinfeld) father by the hired hand of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Wanting justice for her father’s death, she hires U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) […]

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 […]

Movie Review: Burlesque (November, 2010)

Director: Steve Antin Screenplay: Steve Antin Release Date: November 24, pills 2010 Actors: Christina Aguilera, discount Cher, Stanley Tucci, Eric Duane, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming Burlesque follows the story of Ally (played by Christina Aguilera) who moves from Iowa where she was a waitress who felt there was something missing in her life and wanting more for herself. She decides to move to Los Angeles with a small amount of savings, unsure of what she is looking for. Ally comes across a club called “Burlesque” one night, and is completely mesmerized by the group of scantily clad dancers on stage. After just a few moments, she immediately decides that becoming one of the dancers is something she wants to do. After talking to the owner of the club (the ever talented Cher), and is immediately rejected, she decides to take it upon herself to start working as a waitress for “Burlesque”. ___ is reluctant, but gives into Ally working there. After coming home one night and discovering her apartment has been broken into and her money stolen, she asks to stay at the apartment of the Burlesque’s bartender (whom she has befriended). In the meantime, the Burlesque is in danger […]

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (November, 2010)

Director: David Yates Screenplay: Steve Kloves Release Date: November 19, website 2010 Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, this Emma Watson, try Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Peter Mullan, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Rhys Ifans Based on the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling *There may be spoilers in this review for the previous movies if you have not seen them. I write this review having seen all previous movies and read the books. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One starts where every Harry Potter book and movie begins – at the end of the summer, when Harry is preparing to go back to school. This time though, it’s different. Hogwarts is no longer safe, the Ministry of Magic has been infiltrated by Death Eaters, Voldemorte is quickly gaining more power, and the world is looking very bleak in the world of muggles, wizards and witches alike. It is not safe for Harry and his friends to return to school after the death of Dumbledore and Snape now being the headmaster of Hogwarts. After the Order of […]

Movie Review: Morning Glory (November, 2010)

Director: Roger Michell Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna Release Date: November 10, physiotherapy 2010 Actors: Rachel McAdams, visit this Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum Morning Glory has been compared to the 1987 movie Broadcast News, starring Holly Hunter, a film that was nominated for 7 Oscars. Morning Glory is doubtful to live up to its ‘glory’ of that film, but Rachel McAdams and the film itself has a lot to offer. Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller, an ambitious 28 year old producer who gets hired to “The Today Show” morning equivalent on broadcast station ibs – “Daybreak”. The show is the lowest rated out of all the network stations, and Becky is hired as a last resort to try and save the failing show. “Daybreak” is hosted by Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and the creepy, apathetic Paul McVee (played by hilarious Ty Burrell, best known for his role in Modern Family). Becky and the rest of the crew find Colleen extremely difficult to work with, but, unlike Paul’s apathy, is invested in the success of the show. Paul quickly finds himself without a job, and Becky is left trying to find a new co-host for the show. She […]

Movie Review: Due Date (November, 2010)

Director: Todd Philips Screenplay: Alan R. Cohen, stuff Alan Freedland, about it Adam Sztykiel, gonorrhea Todd Phillips Release Date: November 5, 2010 Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx People who love The Hangover, will probably enjoy Due Date, as the humor coming from Zach Galifianakis is the same similar literal humor found in the The angover. Admittedly, I am not really that huge of a fan of The Hangover and thought the first movie was just alright. (Apparently, I’ve been told that I’m incredibly wrong). Though most of the funny moments are to be found in the trailer, there were a few newly added entertaining moments in the film that were not included in the film (my favorite dialogue must have been between Robert Downey Junior and Jamie Foxx). However, though most of the funny scenes were indeed funny, the overall story was tiring, dry and almost sentimental. Why? Well, Robert Downey Junior plays Peter Highman, who is on currently on a business trip and needs to return home quickly to his wife (Michelle Monaghan) who is about to give birth to their son through a Cesarean. Upon arriving at the airport however, Peter has the […]

Movie Review: Hereafter (October 22, 2010)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Peter Morgan Release Date: October 22, link 2010 Actors: Matt Damon, online Cecile de France, ambulance Frank McLaren, George McLaren, Thierry Neuvic, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallace Howard Hereafter presents a different kind of Clint Eastwood film, in the sense that his previous films have a feeling of cynicism, and sadness, bringing about death. Hereafter are the questions of what happens after death. Hereafter brings together three characters, living in different parts of the world, touched by death in one form or another. We are first introduced to Marie Lelay (Cecile de France), who is currently on vacation in Thailand with her boyfriend and producer. In a few fateful events, with an unbelievable job of CG, the huge tsunami hits and everything is swept away in its path, including Marie. She gets knocked unconscious and has a bout with death, and what she thinks is the afterlife. In another corner of the world, we meet young brothers Marcus and Jason (George and Frank McLaren), a set of twins only separated by a mere 15 minutes. They live in a fairly sad environment, where their mom is clearly an alcoholic. Running an errand for his mom, Jason ends […]

Movie Review: RED (October 15, 2010)

Director: Robert Schwentke Screenplay: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Release Date: October 15, side effects 2010 Actors: Bruce Willis, approved Morgan Freeman, cough Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Based on the graphic novel of the same name Like action movies? Like funny movies? What about funny action movies? Then RED is the perfect movie, even for a pick-me-upper. Though movies such as The A-Team, or The Losers were somewhat funny action movies, in comparison, RED is a movie that a family might be able to enjoy. And though there clearly is some violence, it is nothing as harsh as what The A-Team or The Losers had to offer. Those movies were directed more towards those who enjoy action movies, whereas I think RED is a movie for everyone (just not for those young’uns). What makes RED different? Well, Helen Mirren, for one. We’re typically used to seeing Helen Mirren in classic, period, or serious dramatic roles. Or at least, none that included Helen Mirren carrying some heavy duty machinery. Here we see Helen Mirren as a lady with a lot of class… but who kills. The combination is enough to bring a […]

Movie Review: The Social Network (October 1, 2010)

Director: David Fincher Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin Release Date: October 1, nurse 2010 Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, gastritis Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song When I first heard that this movie was being created, I turned my nose up at it. Who wants to watch a movie about Mark Zuckerberg? Certainly not me, who comes off as very arrogant especially in regards to those who use Facebook, and his approach on privacy. Finally, after the reviews started rolling in, The Social Network piqued my interest. Was it really good as the critics were saying? In a short word and very unimportant opinion: no. The movie focuses on Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and the rise of Facebook from the beginnings of his stay at Harvard. Based on the story The Accidental Millionaire, the story is not fully factual and is very much dramatized with the addition of sex, drugs and alcohol. And though I’m not very fond of Mark Zuckerberg in general, David Fincher’s and Alan Sorkin’s decision to make him even more of a jerk (I use that word as an understatement) is a bit alarming. Jesse Eisenberg gives for the most part, a very one note Mark Zuckerberg – […]

Movie Review: You Again (September, 2010)

Director: Andy Fickman Screenplay: Moe Jelline Release Date: September 24, disinfection 2010 Actors: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Signourey Weaver, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Christine Lahkin Being the Kristen Bell fan that I am, I was thrilled to see this movie come up as an available screening. I was also very much in need of a cheering up, and a comedy with all my favorite celebrities was exactly what the doctor ordered! Kristen Bell plays Marni, who, in high school was tortured and teased by the beautiful and tall Joanna (Odette Yustman from Cloverfield and The Unborn) has become beautiful and successful working for a PR firm. Coming home for her brother’s wedding, she soon discovers that her brother’s fiance is none other than .. Joanna. Marni’s mom Gail (played by the wonderfully hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis) soon discovers that Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Signourey Weaver) was her best friend in high school and is now one of the richest women in the country. What ensues is a bit of silly behaviour in jealousy, revenge, and a whole bunch of hilarity. However, the movie feels neither completely one-sided – evil, or downright mean, which I think manages […]