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Review: Taken

Chick 2 says:taken

In the trailer, Liam Neeson promises he will hunt down his daughter’s kidnapper, and he indeed delivers on his promise, and Taken delivers the action.  It is a pretty straightforward movie with lots of great stunts, the right amount of suspense, and not too violent. Read more

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Review: Broadcast News

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I’d managed to miss this movie for 22 years.  It was on cable last week & as I flipped through it a couple of times, never having a clue what was going on, I decided it was time to add it to my Netflix queue. Read more

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Review: He’s Just Not That Into You

 Chick 2 says:not-into-you

As both Flick Chicks have pointed out, January/February release dates do not mean tent-pole pictures.  However, it’s hard to make a horrible movie when you fill it with talented actors.  He’s Just Not That Into You is a bit meandering and has no emotional punctuation marks as it follows multiple storylines.  It is framed in such a way that you can feel it’s self-help book roots, however, once translated to the big screen apparently the writers felt that everyone in the movie version needed to be the exception to the rule, rather than the victim.  Read more

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Review: New in Town

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Leading the way into the Valentine’s Day romantic comedies, New in Town is a movie typical of January releases. Renee Zellweger is assigned to downsize a small town Minnesota plant, and who should be the local union rep but Harry Connick, Jr. The two leads have good chemistry, and there are several cute moments between them–plus lots of quirky, endearing characters that make it an enjoyable film to watch. Unlike her portrayal of Bridge Jones, Zellweger plays the city girl in the country with confidence and professionalism without making her a ditzy corporate bitch. And who doesn’t want to see Connick in a romantic comedy? However, the movie is most likely a victim of re-cuts and re-shoots and it results in just an average film.

IF you’re looking for fairly clean, fairly entertaining way to kill 2 hours, THEN GO.

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Review: Step Brothers

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as 40-year-olds still living at home when their worlds are turned upside down by the marriage of their parents. I very much appreciate the talent of Ferrell, and Reilly is a very diverse and gifted actor, therefore there are definitely parts of the movie that keep you in stitches, howling with laughter, and a good part of those moments are in the trailer. However, the movie had ‘way too much profanity and vulgarity for me to thoroughly enjoy it. I respect the revolutionary abilities of such people as Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen, but believe that they can still deliver their loser-as-the-hero, realistically gross humor with a little more taste. It might take a little more thought and effort, but their films would be the better for it. Having said that, watching these 2 actors in the scenarios that such a plot creates has its merits. I think it would be best watched on TV when the censors have kindly edited out elements that only detract.

 IF you enjoy the cruder, dumber, more offensive side of Will Farrell and John C. Reilly, THEN GO (rent it).

 

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Review: Inkheart

Chick 1 says:inkheart

I was excited about this fantasy story, but worried by the January release date & the presence of Brendan Fraser.  I really like Fraser , especially in The Mummy & Scrubs, but he has been in some really stupid movies.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect. Read more

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Review: Wimbledon

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This rom-com about an aging tennis pro and an up & coming tennis star trying to prove that love doesn’t mean anything has become one of my favorites.

What I Liked: There are several things this movie has going for it, at least for me, right off the bat. 1. Paul Bettany as “Peter, Peter Colt” - yum & charasmatic as well. 2. British accents (see 1.). 3. London/Brighton scenery.  So I’m pretty happy from the start.  Read more

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Review: Valkyrie

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Whether it is the best movie ever made or not, I feel that Valkyrie is an important movie, and definitely one to go see.  Tom Cruise plays Claus von Stauffenberg, a German colonel committed to leading an assassination plot of Adolph Hitler.  Having been to Germany and walked through a concentration camp myself, this movie struck a note with me about Germans who believed in a Germany without Hitler.  Read more

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Review: Seven Pounds

Chick 1 says:Seven Pounds

Will Smith in a drama; I’m there.  Will Smith in pretty much anything; I’m there.  The man has earned my trust.  He can act.  He’s charming.  And he can make the most mundane line funny.

What I Liked: Shocker.  I liked Will Smith.  I cared about his character, Ben Thomas, and wanted to know what the heck was going on with him.  Read more

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Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is very curious indeed.  What was once a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald perhaps should have stayed a short story, or at least been a shorter version of a movie.  Born with an unknown ailment (perhaps brought on by a clock that ticks backwards) that causes him to age backwards, Button (played by Brad Pitt) begins his life as an infant eighty-year old man not expected to live.  Read more

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