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Role Models

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Reviewed by gonewiththetwin

What works most appreciably well for Role Models is the punchline that trails every dramatic sequence – a trick John Hughes regularly employed for his classic 80’s comedies. Just when a heartrending moment draws you in, a jolting blast of vulgarity induces inescapable laughter. It may be immaturity that wins over the audiences that watch Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd act out their funny-man-straight-man routines, but really intellectual humor is scarce in contemporary comedy. Instead, Role Models uses its hilarious character actor cast (including a scene-stealing Jane Lynch) to their fullest extent, keeping the unremitting coarse riffs coming and the viewers rolling in the aisles.

Danny (Paul Rudd) is an energy drink spokesman, selling liquid poison to kids for a living and hating every second of it. His infectious depression finds him constantly at odds with his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) and his coworker Wheeler (Sean William Scott), a reckless, sex-crazed pervert (and the stay-off-drugs Minotaur Man mascot). Both are definitely not role models. But when Danny’s maniacal antics find them facing jail time or 150 hours of community service, the duo are forced to enroll in the Sturdy Wings program and mentor two misfit kids, Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson). What starts as a reluctant pairing soon develops into real friendship and all four outcasts will learn a little about life, love, and coarse language.

As the two mentored kids attempt extremes to escape unfriendly realities, it’s the adults who realize they’re doing the same thing. Both Danny and Wheeler find themselves becoming better people as they coach their newfound friends into gaining self esteem and finding more civil ways to vent. It’s a traditional formula, but well done and approached with a generous helping of boorish humor.

The supporting characters and kookiness of every eccentric activity really makes Role Models stand out amongst the pack of R-rated rebellious comedies. As Wheeler hilariously coaxes Danny to appreciate some “insane sympathy rebound pussy” after his breakup with lawyer gal Beth, the straight-man/funny-guy chemistry between the two lead actors is appropriately demonstrated. But it’s the supporting role of BS-proof instructor Gayle (Jane Lynch) who consistently steals the show, aided by foul-mouthed little Ronnie or the out-of-this-world LAIRE events (a live-action dungeons-and-dragons roleplaying tournament) that Augie dwells in. Trips to Chipmunk Charlie’s, lessons in booby-watching and innuendo galore add to the hysterical gags.

Role Models starts strong and loses little steam throughout its offbeat tale of making friends and fixing relationships, yet the morals do lessen in impact as the revelations continue to get surrounded by sillier and more farfetched events. Both Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott effortlessly deliver plenty of crude laughs - and for some reason hearing young kids curse profanely never seems to get old.

- The Massie Twins (www.GoneWithTheTwins.com)

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Eragon

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Reviewed by nextgenguitarhe

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Lately I have engaged myself in reading the 'Inheritance' trilogy by Chrisopher Paolini. Halfway past the last book, it sprang into my mind that a while ago, a movie was made from the first book. Curious as I was, I ran 2 miles to the videostore and rented the dvd named 'Eragon'. As soon as I got home, I dropped myself on the couch, dimmed the lights and turned it on. I was filled with expectation as well as anticipation for I had gravely enjoyed the books. However, I cannot recall ones dissapointment to have ever been greater than mine. I mean... COME ON!!! Flabbergasted is what I was.
It all seemed to start quite well, but in only two minutes the movie destroyed every single trace to the book. Now does that make it a bad movie per se? No. But it still was. Anyways, I am furious. The people who made this one probably didn't even read the book and it appeared to me as if it was made by a bunch of incompetent inbread pigs with their heads stuck up their own arses. For example; they didn't even get the dragon right. For god's sake it's what the movie's all about. They could've just made Saphira look as she is described in the book, but no, it was like they took a used tea bag from the litter and made tea with it only to pretend that it would still be the same tea just because it came from the same bag. At first it seemed that they had twisted some minor details but in fact they diverted the whole story. Including some pretty major parts.
In whole, the movie sort of rushed through a lame recap of the story. Since this is my first review, I find myself having trouble with giving good argued critisism, so please everyone, find out for yourselves.
For those of you who have seen the movie but not read the book, please do so, it is actually a great story. For those of you who have read it, please don't watch the movie. It'll piss you off endlessly.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie nor read the book. Read the book, leave the movie. Or watch the movie and agree with me. For those of you who have read the book and seen the movie, you will find yourselves not being able of doing anything but agreeing with me.

I propose we execute those who have so shamelessly raped this beautiful story.

With kind regards,

Me

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Last Holiday

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Reviewed by Bogattolory

This comedic movie is so full of laughs that it was bone wrenchingly funny!!!!! The plot, main characters, and directing are some of the most phenomenal I have ever witnessed. I am serious when I say this should be one of the best movies ever when they rate them. Starting with the plot. It is sad and funny together in the same story. It is sad because Georgia (played by Queen Latifah, my favorite) works at a department store and then finds out she has a rare brain disease and has 2 weeks to live. When she heard this she quite her job and went on vacation at Hotel Pupp in Czechoslovakia to have fun till she dies. She does all these crazy stuff (base jumping, winning millions, etc.), met famous people, plus much more. Along with the characters, Georgia Byrd is the main one who is diagnoses with a brain disease (found out later to be wrong) has such a strong and funny personality and also just makes you wish you were her. Finally, the directing was superb because it made us laugh, cry, love, and forget and not many movies have the power to do so anymore.

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3:10 to Yuma

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Reviewed by Ants

Good movie. Not overly violent and just about perfect in length. Christian Bale plays a Southern farmer and Civil War amputee (he fought for the North, though) who volunteers to help escort infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 to Yuma train, where he will wait in prison and stand trial. Brilliantly designed and filled with great performances by the two leads and the supporting cast.

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Training Day

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Reviewed by Ants

Just a caution to all you out there: if you are against profanity and violence, don't see this movie. I'm not saying that the movie is full of violence, but there are plenty of f-bombs throughout the film. I know that "Training Day" doesn't have the most f-bombs ever said in a movie, and its violence isn't the most brutal caught on a camera, but there's enough to turn many people away.

For the rest, be forwarned that "Training Day" isn't all about people running around shooting guns at each other. If you were hoping that there would be a lot of shoot-'em ups in this one, sorry.

Instead, we get to know the two main characters, which are Alonzo (Denzel Washington) and Jake (Ethan Hawke). Jake is an ambitious young cop who joins the LA narcotics division as he continues his climb up the ladder. He is partnered for 24 hours with Alonzo, who will ultimately decide whether or not to accept Jake into his squad.

Alonzo turns out to be a dirty cop, one who has his own sense of justice and isn't afraid to break the law. Jake learns more about LA's mean streets than he wants to know, and is ultimately forced to make some tough decisions.

"Training Day" can be tagged as an action movie, but it's also one that explores characters well. We get to know more of who Alonzo is as the film progresses. Jake's character needs less exploration, since we already know that he's an honest, by-the-book cop who suddenly finds himself in a world of drugs and corruption.

Washington is terrific as Alonzo. It would be hard for him to make a bad movie. Another tip to interested viewers: watch this one before any other movie that he made after "Training Day," because you'll appreciate his acting more.

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The Snow Walker

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Reviewed by Barefoot_Aphrod

This is beautiful Canadian film about a bush pilot and an ailing Inuit woman who are marooned together in the Arctic tundra after their plane crashes. It's a very simple survival plot with two terrific actors and the stark beauty of the Canadian Arctic thrown in for good measure. You may be tempted, as I was, to expect a romance film because of the set up but it is not. Still, it is a good film to sit down to with a boyfriend or husband. A great story of a man and a woman learning to love and respect each other on a whole different level from what we are used to. Based on the short story "Walk Well My Brother" by Farley Mowat. (Running time--90 minutes.)

Read more reviews by Barefoot Aphrodite at www.barefootaphrodite.com

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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Reviewed by Michael_Musso

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to watched the Disney mega-hit, High School Musical 3:Senior Year, and it was a suprised. I expect this movie to be panned by the critics but reading the Empire Magazine review(it was rated 3/5 star), I was astounded. So I watched the movie myself with my youngest sister,overall,it was good.
The choreography was amazing,the storyline was OK and it will make the young ones happy for sure.

Overall, I rated it ***/5

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Not Forgotten

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Reviewed by MovieFreak

I saw a pre- screening of Not Forgotten directed by Dror Soref. This movie is awesome! I can't wait for it to come out. Everyone has to see this. Simon Baker- the handsome guy from the Mentalist, Paz Vega- sexy woman from Spanglish are in it. Claire Forlani also makes an appearance at the end.
The plot is so deep and intricate. It keeps you guessing till the very end. This movie has so many twists and turns.
The movie is a thriller, and a thrill-ride, in that it takes very unexpected twists and turns throughout—almost from the get-go. What was refreshing about this film was that it always stayed several steps ahead of the audience.

Most modern audiences figure out films too easily. I can emphatically state that this will not be the case in Not Forgotten.

The tale follows a family living in Del Rio, Texas—a typical border town, between the US and Mexico. Although it starts off with scenes of girls’ soccer games and hotdogs in the town squares, it quickly takes a turn to a darker side into the occult—the Santa Muerte cult (which roughly translates into “Holly Death”).

When the daughter of successful bank manager is kidnapped, it sparks a chain of events that don’t stop igniting until the very end. This is the story of Jack Bishop (Baker) delving into his past in order to find his only daughter. Not only does the search involve the entire community of worshipping denizens of Del Rio, it encompasses the seeder inhabitants of the dark, back alleys and brothels of towns just South of the Border. It also takes us into up close and personal with the depths that humanity can fall to—to view it face to face.

But the most chilling aspect was the narration by the kidnapped Toby Bishop. It’s particularly haunting, as she’s narrating days after her disappearance—at her own vigil.

Considering the frightfully frequency of female abductions in the US border town—the film touches on the “what if”—in this case, what if the pre-teen Toby has been taken to Mexico and forced into prostitution. Her father states in no uncertain terms the lengths he is willing to go, the depths he will travel to find his daughter—no matter what he has to do find her abductors. In the words of Toby Bishop, “There are just some things that you can’t ask the Virgin for…”

Baker’s transformation is enthralling. From soccer coach dad, to terrifyingly revengeful about getting his daughter back. No more mister nice guy isn’t even close when he his got the perpetrators in his sights. The sheer brutality and Baker’s cold dedication, make this one of those scenes that you can’t forget.

Not Forgotten is told in classic storytelling fashion—in the vein of Hitchcock. It is beautifully shot and full of surprising details. The cast, not just the leading but all of the supporting characters are tremendously strong—making this a very well crafted tale. The director is an imaginative filmmaker who creates art with suspense.

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Closing the Ring

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Reviewed by mutuel

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Closing The Ring (PG) * * *

Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Neve Campbell
Director: Sir Richard Attenborough
Studio: Alliance
Release Date: Oct. 17, 2008
Audience Suitability: PG
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Rating: * * *

Blind Love!


By ROBERT WALDMAN



Love among the ruins reaches new heights in Closing The Ring, a multi-decade romance from Alliance Films now running its course at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking). True romantics will likely note similarities to previous love stories only here the story is bookended nicely by some pretty good acting.

War can make for some pretty strange bedfellows. Closing the Ring spans the globe but reaches its zenith right before World War II. Way down south we see the passion plays of one Ethel Ann and handsome Teddy Gordon. Being from the wrong side of the tracks makes a life together seem rather unlikely for the pair. Even if they had their families blessings a slight “interruption” from a war puts the dream on hold.

Bad things can happen in war times and Teddy sucks it all up with two buddies who accompany him overseas. Years laters we learn the love Ethel Ann had for Teddy was shrouded in uncertainty which haunts those survivors to this day.

Strong work from Shirley MacLaine (Irma La Douce) as the older Ethel Ann and Mischa Barton (Notting Hill) as her younger incarnation makes for a pretty nice contrast. Add on Canadian culture treasure Christopher Plumber (The Sound of Music) as a war-time friend, Neve Campbell (Scream) as a doting daughter and Martin McCann as an Irish visitor make Closing the Ring an eventful 118 minute journey.

Oscar winning director Sir Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) chooses a war love story and gives it a pretty authentic looking backdrop with Ms. MacLaine particularly effective and endearing as an aging bride trying to come to terms with a number of hidden crises.

Perhaps a touch slow and with a story-line that’s not too original takes some of the zest out of Closing The Ring. Redemption comes later on with a pretty good trip to Europe with some surprising visits from unusual sources to make Closing The Ring a pretty good romantic excursion.

Read more reviews by Robert at www.moviereviewssite.com

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Rachel Getting Married

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Reviewed by mutuel


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Rachel Getting Married (PG) * * *


Chapel Chaos!


By ROBERT WALDMAN



Big decisions can have lasting repercussions. No event is bigger than a wedding. Upheavals unfold unexpectedly and collectively in the dark-tinged Rachel Getting Married, a superior nuptial-laced treat from Sony Pictures Classics now hoping theatre managers say “I Do” at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking) and the Park Theatre. Oscar wining director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) opens our eyes to the raucous happenings at a most bizarre wedding.

Over 114 minutes we get to go up close and personal with two diverse families. Liberal-leaning Connecticut makes for the perfect state for Rachel and Sidney to get it on. Successful dad Paul is proud as a peacock to see his daughter walk down the aisle. More worries, however, concern his other daughter Kym.

Black sheep oddities can come with any family only our Kym is a case all unto herself. Fresh out of rehab this problem child arrives for the festivities and you can cut the tension with a knife. Naturally, all sorts of chaos ensues which all have a demonstrable effect on the assembled guests.

Real smart direction from Demme gives us a bird’s eye view into all the peccadilloes of members of each family and their assorted guests. Anne Hathaway (Get Smart) turns in an Oscar caliber performance as the daughter whose madness(?) is palpable. Fathers everywhere will feel big time for the dilemma faced by Bill Irwin (Across the Universe) whose range of emotions are pretty broad here. Equal time goes to Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) who takes a shining as bride to be Rachel, warts and all. Best man Kieran shows lots of poise by way of Mather Zickel (Balls of Fury) with Tunde Adebimpe sucking it all in as groom Sidney.

You get a real sense of all the excitement of a wedding with quite the build-up by Demme. More fuel is thrown on the fire with tons of in your face close-ups and just wild tangents hurled at you alongside some pretty unique scenes you just don’t expect.

Just a touch long and on the talkative side, Rachel Getting Married still earns your respect as it real goes deep in showing family matters up close and offers some good performances by actors making their debut, including Anise George who turns in a memorable turn as Emma, one of many childhood friends.

Fresh and frank with few comic flashes makes the somber toned Rachel Getting Married worthy of your blessing.

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