MOVIE REVIEW: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A touching romantic comedy supported by a great cast, Derek Connolly’s smart script, and Colin Trevorrow’s understated direction.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Three Seattle magazine reporters cover a story on the man who placed a classified ad calling for time travelers.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Winning performances by all involved, but especially Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass; intelligent, taut, and unpredictable script.
CONS: Directorial missteps at the movie’s opening; liminal treatment of genre content might turn off some viewers.

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Okay – the Super Best Friends Forever kill me. (from the DC Nation on CartoonNetwork) I love these!

Best line belongs to Batgirl: “You’re the only one who can fly it and I’m just dying for a burrito – come, MEXICO!
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VIDEO: DC Nation Shorts Presents: Animal Man in Animal Priorities

Another short from the DC Nation block of Saturday morning programming – this time, Animal Man shows us how he fights crimes.  Against animals.
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DVD REVIEW: Justice League – Doom

Loosely based on Mark Waid’s JLA comic book story arc, “JLA: Tower of Babel”, Justice League: Doom is the latest in the line of animated DC Movies from Warner Brothers. Adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie, Justice League: Doom features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash (Barry Allen), The Green Lantern (Hal Jordon) and Martian Manhunter battling Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, Ma’alefa’ak and Vandal Savage for the fate of the world.

Plot

Let’s face it; Batman/Bruce Wayne is a dick.  He doesn’t trust anyone, he lurks in the dark, plays with bats, puts together comprehensive scenarios to take down his fellow Justice League members…that sort of thing…
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MOVIE REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Silly, with too many subplots and not quite enough brain, this follow-up to 2009’s Sherlock Holmes still manages the same level of energy and dynamism, helped in large part by Guy Ritchie’s energetic pace and Robert Downey, Jr.’s return as the iconic sleuth.

RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: On the eve of Dr. John Watson’s wedding night, Sherlock Holmes investigates the death of an Austrian prince, whom Holmes believes has been murdered by Professor James Moriarty.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: The chemistry between Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr., again; the fully-realized Victorian London; outstanding battle aboard a train hurtling through the English countryside as well as the Holmes-Moriarty fight over Reichenbach Falls.

CONS: Lack of memorable lines; emphasis on action over intellect; a screenplay that makes too little use of deductive reasoning and far too many subplots; Guy Ritchie occasionally losing control as director.

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REVIEW SUMMARY: The seventh installment of the Harry Potter installment is a better picture than the previous entry, though it feels too long and too derivative.

RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: As Voldemort gains control of the Ministry of Magic, Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione go into hiding in order to find the magic charms (Horcruxes) that will help them defeat Voldemort.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Very grim, often macabre elements not usually seen in the series; nearly seamless special effects; bittersweet realization that the series is finally drawing to a close.

CONS: Too long, with too many moments when the movie seems to come to a dead stop; often predictable; too many scenes reminiscent of other movies; and several of the leads look like they’ve stopped enjoying their roles two pictures ago.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kick-Ass (2010)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A good idea that starts with promise but reverts to formula far too quickly.

RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Unexceptional high-school student and comic book geek Dave Livewski decides, without powers or training but with surprising conviction, to become the superhero Kick-Ass.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Affecting performances by Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloë Grace Moretz; strong first half-hour with the consequences of attempting to become a superhero with only conviction; Nicolas Cage channeling Adam West; good stunt and fight scene choreography; and, in one sequence, good use of Ennio Morricone’s A Fistful of Dollars theme.

CONS: Retreats from its core idea and reverts to formula far too quickly; unpleasantness of the concept of Hit-Girl the more one thinks about it.

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