Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hugo 2011

Hugo (2011)     Adapted from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  An orphan boy lives in a Parisian train station, he was sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death.  He learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station and no one knows it's not his uncle doing the work.  He also steals gears, tools and other items from a toy-shop owner until the owner threatens to turn him into the station police officer.
     Hugo is alone in his world full of clocks, gears, hiding, sneaking, stealing and spying.  It doesn't change until he meets the goddaughter of the toy shop owner.  Different with remarkable images and color.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

126 min, Family directed by Martin Scorsese with Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 8.0 out of 10, 93% critic 82% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Secret 2007

Un Secret (2007)     Adapted from a fact based novel by Phillippe Grimbert.  As a sickly young child, Francois knew he was a disappointment to his champion swimmer mother and gymnast father.  His discovery of a strange toy in the attic causes him to question Louise, a masseuse and long time friend of the family.  She tells him that he had a half brother and both his mother and father had been married before until their lives were changed by the war.
     This is good, the story goes from the 30's to the present, a sudden choice changes everything.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

110 min, Drama directed by Claude Miller with Cecile De France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Depardieu, Mathieu Amalric, Annie Gregorio.

Note:  Blockbuster 4*, 6.9 out of 10, 80% critic 63% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Real Steel 2011

Real Steel (2011)     A retired boxer moves to the business side of the ropes after human boxers are replaced by robots.  This is an adaptation of the Twilight Zone episode Steel.  Charlie has become a two-bit promoter and he pieces together robots from scrap metal.  He makes the rounds on the underground boxing circuit and he's just about at the bottom of the barrel in every way.  Charlie unwilling takes on the task of taking care of his 11 year old son for the summer after his mother passes away.  Max turns things around for Charlie with a true champion robot boxer.
     The robot boxers can really tear each other up in the ring and you want to yell, "stop beating that robot to pieces."  You become attached to the robots like they were human and you don't want to see them get beat up.  Charlie makes a lot of mistakes and you want to give him some hits.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

127 min, Sci-Fi directed by Shawn Levy with Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn, Karl Yune.

Note:  Blockbuster 4*, imdb 7.2 out of 10, 59% critic 77% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Big Year 2011

The Big Year (2011)     Three fanatical bird watchers spend an entire year competing to spot the greatest number of species as El Nino sends a variety of rare birds flying into the U.S.  One pays a high price to be the winner and two other birders discover other things can be more important than bird watching.
     This is good, I didn't know what it was about until I started watching it.  It's listed as a comedy but it's more a drama and a man-flick instead of a chick-flick.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

100 min, directed by David Frankel with Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Rsamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, JoBeth Williams.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 1/2*, imdb 5.9 out of 10, 40% critic 41% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Little Help 2010

A Little Help     Set in Long Island in the summer of 2002, Laura is a dental hygienist and her marriage to a real estate agent has bottomed out.  They have a 12 year old son, Dennis, he is pushing into being a teen and all that behavior.  She finds herself drinking too many beers, smoking too many cigarettes.  It doesn't help that her parents and her sister live nearby, they have plenty of unwelcome advice.
    This is listed as a comedy but it is not funny?  It is interesting, the characters are realistic and you wonder how it's going to unfold.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

109 min, Comedy directed by Michael J. Weithorn with Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Arden Myrin, Brooke Smith, Rob Benedict, Aida Turturro.

Note:  Blockbuster, imdb 5.5, 44% critic 36% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Alias Betty 2001

Alias Betty (2001)     Betty is a writer in France with a four year old son (Joseph), her mother (Margot) comes to visit from Spain.  Margot is mentally unstable, she once attacked Betty with scissors and their relationship is difficult.  Joseph is supposed to be taking a nap but he sees a small bird and falls out the bedroom window.  Betty is devastated when Joseph dies, Margot thinks she can help Betty by kidnapping a boy like Joseph.
     Many zigs and zags and stories of other people but interesting, loss grief, anger, greed, jealousy, love.  Kiberlain is a good actress.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

101 min, Drama directed by Claude Miller with Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner, Luck Mervil, Edouard Baer, Stephane Freiss, Arthur Setbon.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 6.9 out of 10, 92% critic 57% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Piano Teacher 2001

The Piano Teacher (2001)    Erika is a veteran piano instructor at a famous music conservatory in Vienna, she is highly respected for her remarkable talent and strong discipline.  She is also known to be a harsh task master and does not suffer fools gladly.  Walter, a gifted and good looking young man is not at all put off by her icy personality and refusal to acknowledge his romantic overtures. 
    This movie is a 3 on the weirdmeter!!  Erika is CRAZY and not just a little bit CRAZY, a lot CRAZY.  3* (This movie is OK)

125 min, Drama directed by Michael Haneke with Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoit Magimel, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 7.3 out of 10. 73% critics 80% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Ides of March 2011

The Ides
 of March (2011)    This an adaptation of Beau Willimon's play Faragut North, Stephen Meyers is an idealistic deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris.  Mike is in a major political battle in Ohio that could lead to the Democratic presidential nomination.  The opposing candidate's campaign manager offers Stephen a job on their team.  He feels he needs to tell his boss Paul about the offer.
    Good acting, battling between Clooney, Gosling, Giamatti, Hoffman.  You wonder what would happen after the movie ends, if it continued on and all the pieces are picked up?  You want to hit some of the people!!  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)
101 min, Drama directed by George Clooney with Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 7.3 out of 10, 85% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Locket 2003

The Locket Poster    A young man has been taking care of his dying mother, he's had to use his savings and drop out of college.  He's devastated when she passes away but because of this experience he's able to get a job in a nursing home.  He starts taking care of Esther, at first she is angry and bitter, he's distraught and grief-stricken but they form a wonderful relationship.
    Warning, this is a Hallmark Movie and predictable but it is an interesting story with a lot of twists and turns.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

100 min, Drama directed by Karen Arthur with Vanessa Redgrave, Chadd Willett, Marguerite Moreau, Lori Heuring, Lourdes Benedicto, Terry O'Quinn, Brock Peters.

Note:  Blockbuster not listed, imdb 7.2, no review yet from critics 80% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

What's Your Number 2011

What's Your Number? (2011)    Based on Karyn Bosnak's novel 20 Times a Lady, a hopelessly single woman is convinced she's passed up the man of her dreams.  Ally begins to fear that one of her many ex-boyfriends may have been "the one that got away."  Her neighbor across the hall agrees to help her track them down and she pays a visit to each of her exes to see if see can reel in the perfect catch. 
    WOW, it's all I can say about the reviews of this movie on Rotten Tomatoes.  Out of 26 posted reviews, 20 of them are bad.  The concept is good for this movie but it's very crude and predictable.  3* (This movie is OK)

106 min, Comedy directed by Mark Mylod with Anna, Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley, Jr., Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Heather Burns, Eliza Coupe.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 5.7 out of 10, 24% critic 46% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Smoke Screen 2010

Smoke Screen (2010)    Raley Gannon wakes up next to the dead body of a woman and he doesn't remember anything that happened.  Britt Shelley furthers her career as a newswoman by the investigation of this case.  Five years later, Britt wakes up next to a dead man and she doesn't remember anything that happened.  This time it's her name all over the news.  Raley and Britt work together to try to solve what happened in each case.
    This movie needs a lot more substance, you keep hoping it will be better and you can care about the characters but it just doesn't happen.  Seems like a TV movie and a not very good one.  3* (This movie is OK)

87 min, Mys directed by Gary Yates with Jaime Pressly, Currie Graham, Garwin Sanford.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 5.7 out of 10, no reviews critic 33% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Lie 2011

The Lie (2011)    A lie has long-term consequences, Lonnie used to dream of being a musician.  He's working a dreary day job and married to Clover and they have a 6 month old daughter.  His work, her school, looking after the baby leads to very little free time.  Lonnie wants to jam with his buddy, he takes the day off from work but tells his boss the baby is sick.  He takes the next day off from work with a bigger lie.
    This baby could be a movie start right now!!  The actors make the characters very believable.  You know this lie is a BIG ONE and you wonder how Lonnie is going to handle the fallout?  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)
82 min, Drama directed by Joshua Leonard with Jess Weixler, Joshua Leonard, Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, Jane Adams, Kelli Garner, Gerry Bednob, Allison Anders.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 4.9 out of 10, 74% both critic & audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Better Life 2011

A Better Life (2011)    An illegal immigrant works as a gardener in LA, he's determined to give his teenage son a better life.  He has the opportunity to buy a pickup truck along with gardening tools from his work partner of six years.  His sister has been saving money and she agrees to loan him enough to by the truck.  He has one big problem, he doesn't have a drivers license and his son is having a problem with gangs trying to bring him into their life of crime.
    This is very good and Demian Bichir received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor.  Every minute after he buys the truck you wonder if something is going to happen?  What is going to happen to the son after his best friend joins a gang?  4* (I really liked this movie)

98 min, Drama directed by Chris Weitz with Demian Bichir, Jose Julian, Dolores Heredia, Joaquin Cosio, Nancy Lenehan, Tim Griffin, Gabriel Chavarria, Carlos Linares.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 7.0 out of 10, 85% critic 78% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Shunning 2011

The Shunning (2011)    A sheltered Amish girl begins to wonder about her past and her faith after she discovers the envelope of a burned letter in the fireplace of her parents.  A wealthy stranger has come to their town asking questions about a woman named Rebecca with a daughter of Katie's age.  Of course there are many Rebecca's in the Amish community but only one fits this description.  The austere rules that govern Katie's life make her want to find answers.
    This is an interesting insight into Amish life, so many things are not allowed.  Playing the guitar and singing songs not in their hymn book?  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

88 min, Drama directed by Michael Landon Jr. with Danielle Panabaker, Bill Oberst Jr., Sherry Stringfield, Burgess Jenkins, Sandra W. Van Natta, Richard Fullerton.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 7.1 out of 10, not listed on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Love Crime 2010

Love Crime (2010)    Christine is the head executive at a top agribusiness firm in France and she enjoys a close relationship with her protege Isabelle.  The relationship begins to change when Christine continues to take credit for Isabelle's ideas, lies and problems with other people are added into the mix. 
    This is good and has a lot of twists and turns.  A very unexpected incident happens, you think that Isabelle is making a lot of mistakes and wonder how she is going to turn everything around.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)
106 min, Mys directed by Alain Corneau with Ludvine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Guillaume Marquet, Gerald Laroche, Julien Rochefort, Marie Guillard.

Note:  Blockbuster 2*, imdb 6.4 out of 10, 67% critic 46% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Time 2006

Time (2006)    Se-heui is a beautiful women who is convinced that she's not beautiful enough.  Plastic surgery must be the only solution to her problem?  She's worried that her boyfriend is attracted to other women who must be more beautiful?  It will take six months for her transformation and events do not turn out the way she imagines.
    This is a level 3 on the weirdmeter.  Se-heui's boyfriend loves her but she is very insecure, why doesn't the doctor delve into her reasons for plastic surgery before the operations?  3* (This movie is OK)

97 min, Drama directed by Kim Ki-kuk with Seong Hyeon-ah, Ha Jeong-woo, Park Ji-yeon, Kim Seong-min, Kim Ji-hyeon, Kim, Bo-na, Hong Jeong-Yeon.

Note:  Blockbuster 4*, imdb 7.2 out of 10, not listed on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Night Listener 2006

The Night Listener    Gabriel Noone is a night radio talk show host who is famous for his deeply personal on-air monologues.  He's hit a rough spot in his program until a publishing friend gives him an advance copy of a memoir written by a 14 year old boy.  No one has any information about the boy except his adopted mother so Gabriel goes to Wisconsin to meet him.
    This has you on the edge of your seat because you are wondering if Gabriel will be hit on the head suddenly?  You are also wondering what is going on, does Pete really exist?  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

81 min, Mys directed by Patrick Stettner with Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Morton, Sandra Oh, Rory Culkin, John Cullum, Becky Ann Baker.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 1/2*, imdb 5.9 out of 10, 40% critic 36% audience.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Budrus 2009

<SPAN id=    Israel's Separation Barrier is being built on the land of the Palestinians instead of on Israeli land.  The olive trees that are the source of income for the Palestinians are being uprooted, these trees are so revered that they are named after their mothers.  Nonviolent protest is the only way to try to get Israel to stop tearing up their trees and land.  The Palestinians believe that Israel has the right to defend their people by building the Separation Barrier just not the plan they are using.
    The Israeli Army is enforcing the building of the Barrier and they begin to escalate their treatment of the protestors as they refuse to leave.  When the women become involved, they are also beaten and hit with rubber bullets.   Even after escalating enforcement, the government of Israel finally has to concede and redraw the plan for the Barrier to be built on the land of Israel.  Their effort and success inspires other villages in the area to use the same method to try to save their trees and land.
    This is good, you see the desperation of the people because of the value placed on the trees and the loss when they are gone.  The people of Budrus have been living there for a long time and feel strongly that this is their home.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

70 min, Doc directed by Julia Bacha with Ayed Morrar, Ilitezam Morrar, Kobi Snitz, Ahmed Awwad, Yasine Levy, Doron Spielman.

Note:  Not listed on Blockbuster, imdb 7.9 out of 10, 87% critic 92% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vanishing on 7th Street 2010

Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)   Shadows in a plague of darkness seem to consume all of society.  Detroit has fallen silent, the power has been cut off and the streets are littered with the clothes of the missing people.  A group of four survivors take refuge in an inner city bar with a generator for power.  They fight for their lives when the lights begin to flicker.
    I always think "viewer beware" when I see that John Leguizamo is in the movie, it seems they are always going to be bad?  What about night vision goggles or maybe you don't really want to see what is out there in the dark?  2 1/2* (This movie is just so-so)

91 min, Horror directed by Brad Anderson with Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton, Jacob Latimore, Taylor Groothius, Jordan Trovillion, Neal Huff.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 4.9 out of 10, 52% critic 20% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl 1993

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of <SPAN id=

    Leni started out as a dancer but switched to acting after a knee injury.  She made a series of films for Arnold Fanck and she received a Silver Medal at the Venice Film Festival in 1932 for her film Das Blaue Licht which she produced and directed.  Her best known work as a director is a documentary made in 1934 called Triumph of the Will which is of Adolph Hilter and his officers giving speeches with the German Army marching in formations.  She also directed the documentary Olympia 1 and 2 of the Olympics held in Berlin in 1938.  She was never a member of the Nazi party, she lived into her nineties and was also an avid scuba diver.
    It is tough decision if you elect to place Leni on the side of the Nazi's and involved with them and their politics or do you place her in the category of a filmmaker doing a project?  Triumph of the Will is under lock and key in Germany and banned from view.  Interesting.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

188 min, Doc directed by Ray Muller with Leni Riefenstahl, Ray Muller, Luis Trenker.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 8.1 out of 10, 95% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Future 2011

The Future (2011)    A young LA couple want to adopt a stray cat named Paw Paw.  For some reason the addition of a pet sets them off on a very different path in life.  They quit their jobs, give up the internet, explore the options life has to offer and think about the fact that they have not come as far in their lives as they thought they would. 
    I don't know why Paw Paw has to stay one month at the clinic because of a cut paw, it seems like he should have been able to leave.  Sophie and Jason really get drastic and off the deep end over the cat adoption, how would they have handled the adoption of a child?  I need to start a Weirdmeter like the Tomatometer, this movie would be 3 out of 3 on the scale.  2 1/2* (This movie is so-so)
91 min, Drama directed by Miranda July with Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.2 out of 10, 71% critic 57% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Beautiful Person (La Belle Personne) 2008

La Belle Personne (2008)    Sixteen year old Junie is new at a Paris high school, she changed schools in the middle of the year after her mother passed away.  She is staying with her cousin Mathias' family and is also in his class, he introduces her to his friends.  Two of her admirers are Nemours who is an Italian teacher and Otto who is a fellow student. 
    I was hoping this would be good, the trailer seemed like the movie would be good but it's work just to get to the end.  Too much shallow drama, even the teacher is hard to tell from the students?  2 1/2* (This movie is just so-so)

98 min, Drama directed by Christophe Honore with Lea Seydoux, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louis Garrel, Valerie Lang, Esteban Carjaval Alegria, Chantal Neuwirth.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.8 out of 10, 57% critic 62% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Terri 2011

Terri (2011)    Terri lost his parents at a young age and he lives with his uncle who has a lot of health issues.  Terri has a lot of problems at school, he's very overweight, wears pajamas to classes, he's always late and doesn't have much motivation, his classmates can be very cruel and the teachers are indifferent.  Mr. Fitzgerald, the vice principal is trying to help both the students who are trouble makers and those on the sidelines.  He forms a bond with Terri which causes problems of jealousy.
    This seems promising and Terri is both a different type of role and actor but it seems to fall apart and stray off on a rabbit trail.  3* (This movie is OK)

106 min, Drama directed by Azazel Jacobs with Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Tim Heidecker, Justin Prentice, Tara Karsian.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 1/2*, imdb 6.5 out of 10, 86% critic 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Courageous 2011

Courageous (2011)    Four men work for the Sheriff's Office, one of the men suffers a severe tragedy which brings the partners together in a new way.  Their community is being significantly impacted by crime resulting from gangs.
    A lot of action, chasing men through alleys and over fences and a gun battle, an interesting family film.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie) 

129 min, Drama directed by Alex Kendrick with Rusty Martin, Jr., Renee Jewell, Ken Bevel, Eleanor Brown, Robert Amaya, Angelita Nelson, Devin Downes, Ben Davies.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 5.8 out of 10, 35% critic 92% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Marine Story 2010

A Marine Story (2010)    Alex comes from a family of career military officers, she has a long record of distinguished service in the Marine Corps but she didn't advance in the ranks the way she had hoped.  She comes home after four tours of duty in Iraq, her friends are surprised that she has been discharged during a war and only a year before she would be eligible for a pension.  A friend on the police force asks her to help a young woman who is the only survivor in an accident that killed her parents.  Saffron doesn't feel she deserved to live, has been convicted on drug-related charges and she has been given the choice of prison or the military.
    This movie feels like they used a check list to mark off all the cliches they wanted to include, tough woman Marine, check; blond and buff, check; physiological problems, check; hard drinking and hangs out in bars, check; someone out to get her, check; friends and enemies with a lot of problems, check.  Did I leave anything out, you keep hoping the movie will get better but it just does not.  2* (I didn't like this movie)

98 min, Drama directed by Ned Farr with Dreya Weber, Paris Pickard, Anthony Michael Jones, Christine Mourad, Jeff Sugarman, Gregg Daniel, Jason Williams, Deacon Conroy.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 1/2*, imdb 5.8, 60% critic 58% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Our Idiot Brother 2011

Our Idiot Brother (2011)    Ned wreaks havoc on the lives of his mother and three sisters plus he overstays his welcome in each of their homes.  He always looks for the best in everyone and he tells the truth but it usually lands him in hot water. 
    This is listed as a comedy but it's not funny, it's stale, boring, cruel and disappointing.  The actors are wasted in every role.  2* (I didn't like this movie)

90 min, Comedy directed by Jesse Peretz with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.6 out of 10, 68% critic 55% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

In Time 2011

In Time (2011)    Money becomes a thing of the past when overpopulation threatens society.  Time becomes the new currency, assets are measured in time, those with the most time have the most power.  Time Keepers are like police who keep society in order but desperate people steal time from others.  It's an every day struggle when you have only a day left in time.
    The concept is good but not fully explored and it becomes a waste of time!!  It turns into chase scenes because of the lack of real involvement with the concept.  3* (This movie is OK)

109 min, Mys directed by Andre Niccol with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Mathew Bomer, Johnny Galecki.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.6 out of 10, 37% critic 53% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dream House 2011

Dream House (2011)    A successful New York writer moves his family to a cozy New England town.  It doesn't take very long before they discover there was a brutal murder in their house that no one wants to talk about.  The neighbor across the street knows about the slaying of a mother and her two young daughters in the house. 
    There is a twist in this movie and at times you are not sure what to believe, is there a twist in a twist?  I didn't see the trailer but apparently it gives away too much.  3* (This movie is OK)

92 min, Mys directed by Jim Sheridan with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Taylor Geare, Elias Koteas, Clair Astin Geare, Rachel Fox.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 5.7 out of 10, 7% critic 36% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)    Adapted from the children's book by Richard Atwater.  Tom Popper's father was always off exploring the world, now Tom spends a lot of time on his career but very little time with his children.  After Tom learns his father has died, a crate is delivered to his apartment.  It contains a cute stuffed penguin which turns out to be a real penguin.  Tom calls for a new crate to return the penguin but a phone mix-up causes more penguins to arrive in the new crate.  The biggest problem is that no pets are allows in Tom's apartment?
    Because of low ratings and reviews, I didn't expect very much from this movie and sometimes Jim Carrey can be a real pain.  I thought this was enjoyable, the penguins are really cute and they get into and cause a lot of trouble.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)
94 min, Comedy directed by Mark S. Waters with Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll, Clark Gregg, Maxwell Perry Cotton.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 5.9 out of 10, 48% critic 53% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.