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Hot Tub Time Machine

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Cell phones the size of car batteries. Shoulder pads on everything. Polka dots. Leg warmers. Big hair. "Duran Duran." "The Go Go's." Cassette Tapes. Sony Walkmen. Pop Rocks. Rubik's Cubes. The San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana can eat my shorts. The Bengals should've won both of those games. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." "The Breakfast Club." "Sixteen Candles." "Weird Science." "Back to the Future." All of this stuff is so yesterday...GAG ME WITH A SPOON!

John Cusack stars in "Hot Tub Machine" as he plays a character going through a mid-life crisis and has his love life in the dumps. His three friends are also bored with their adult lives so the four guys decide to take a trip to an old ski resort that they used to hang out at when they were younger. As they're prepared to party the night on they decide hop in the Jacuzzi and get hammered. They wake up in 1986 where they hear one guy say, "I'm skiing and I'm calling you from my CELL PHONE!"

The movie has some great supporting actors. Lyndsey Fonseca is amusing as Cusack's girlfriend. With her party girl personality you can tell that she really has fun with her character. Chevy Chase may look a lot different on the outside since "Vacation" but he is hilarious as the maintenance guy and still finds that funny, innocent Clark Griswold inside of him that we all know love. And Crispin Glover (George McFly) makes a hysterical cameo as the bellhop. The writers put in a running joke with him that lasts throughout the whole movie and it really works. Individually, all of the actors are funny. Craig Robinson is the best out of the four main actors here. He brings a lot of personality to the screen. I was laughing out loud when he looked directly at the audience and said, "It must be some kina...hot tub timachine."

All of the other actors, including John Cusack, are good, just not as good. I'm not a fan of some of the writing. The majority of the jokes are dirty. Not just sex but poop and puke too. It's ok to have one here and there but it crosses the line after the fifth time. The jokes are only funny when the actors make them work. The makers of the film try to make the plot seem too much like the 2009 summer hit, "The Hangover." This proves that you need the best chemistry you can get when it comes to actors and these four just don't have it. Also, the special-effects are horrible and look like they came from Nickelodeon.

There's really not much else to say about this movie. It's not terrible but it's not good. The director could've done a better job exploring the feel of the 80s rather than just showing what people wore and the accessories back then. I think if I was living in that decade I would've enjoyed the film a lot more. But still, in my opinion, I recommend you wait to rent "Hot Tub Time Machine."

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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This was actually a very nice surprise for me filled with a lot of creativity. Based on the popular book series, the movie tells the story of a 6th graders life and his adventures through middle school, the movie is very relatable and fun to watch. There may be one too many gross gags here but the surprisingly talented cast of young actors helps out a lot. As I watched this movie, I got the same vibe as I do when I watch a movie like "The Goonies" or "The Sandlot." It's great to watch these kid actors react to each other and the movie just makes you laugh. It's one of the better family films I've seen in a while so try to check it out if you can.

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Alice in Wonderland

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Forget about Walt Disney's cartoon Alice character with the innocent personality, bright yellow hair, and baby blue colored dress. This is a dark, wild adaption of Lewis Carroll's classic but Tim Burton sat in the director's chair for this one so that's to be expected. This production is filled with imagination from start to finish. Not only visually but also in the story. Burton made a smart move by not giving us the same plot as we've already seen. Here, Alice is older and is about to get married. Also, she ends up in Wonderland for the second time or in this case, "Underland." The script is a little fresher than other remakes. Visually, the movie is amazing. The land's environment looks like something straight out of Candyland and the film's setting is glamorized in Hollywood special-effects having 90% of it be in green screen. Surprisingly, all of the main performances are top notch including the lead actress as the title role and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen. But Johnny Depp really steals every scene he's in as The Mad Hatter. He was perfectly cast because of his ability to take his characters way past the oddly intriguing line and make them unforgettable. One thing that weighs down on the film though is its subplot in the middle. The movie starts to drag quite a bit and takes too much advantage and too much time with the effects it has. That said, I recommend seeing this one in the theatre. Definitely try to see it in 3-D, it’s very cool!

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Shutter Island

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Martin Scorsese has directed some of the greatest films of all time including "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas," and "The Aviator." He deservedly won the Academy Award for "The Departed" which is one of my favorite movies. Here, he teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time which makes for the best film of the year so far. "Shutter Island" is a dark, terrifying ride that will keep your eyes on the screen the entire two and half hours. It has a deep and smart story that some may consider too confusing and it is but I think that's all part of the fun. DiCaprio gives the most riveting performance of his career as Marshal Teddy Daniels. The story here turns into a real psychological thriller within the second half. There's a huge twist at the end which I'm not a fan of. Getting there was fun and it was interesting going through the steps along the way to figure out this crime/mystery, but the final turnout of the story made me roll my eyes. Maybe it's just me but the result of all that we'd gone through was a little disappointing. It seems like the movie almost ended too quickly. I won’t spoil it though. Despite the ending, the film is a must-see. The look, texture, and set-design of the film are incredible along with a creepy musical score that sets the tone for the whole movie. If you haven't yet, you should take the time to go out to the movie theatre and see "Shutter Island.”

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From Paris with Love

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A lot like "The Book of Eli" but this doesn't have as much depth. I was bored until John Travolta came in, the bald crazy man terrorist. He really does give one of the better performances of his career here and one of the best performances in the last year. Actually, this movie would be terrible but Travolta is so extravagant with his character that the film ends up being alright. The script though is horrendous and I hated Jonathan Rhys Myers performance as Travolta’s assistant. Mediocre movie but fantastic excitement from Travolta.

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