Archive | May, 2012

[Review] – What to Expect When You’re Expecting

31 May

Title: What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Year: 2012
Director: Kirk Jones
Writers: Shauna Cross and Heather Hach, based on the book by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Joe Manganiello, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Cheryl Cole, Rodrigo Santoro, Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, Amir Talai, Ben Falcone
MPAA Rating: PG-13, crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language
Runtime: 110 min
IMDb Rating: 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Metacritic: 41

Everything about the latest ensemble rom-com, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, made it seems as though we were in for yet another crappy film in the vein of Valentine’s Day (which I gave a C- to) or New Year’s Eve (a D). Those films had tons of people I liked involved in them, and so does this one, with a huge line-up of stars that includes Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock and Anna Kendrick, the three of whom I really like, but then the promotional material was just so damn trite, the posters were horrible and the trailers suggested that we were going to get material we have all seen time and time again. Oh, and yeah, it’s based on pregnancy guide.

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[Trailer] – Red Lights

31 May

The psychological thriller Red Lights is gearing up for release later in the summer, and as a result we just got a brand new trailer for the movie, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – The Bourne Legacy

31 May

Jeremy Renner is about to have three action franchises under his belt. He was in last year’s incredible Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starred in this year’s massive The Avengers (which, to date, is the only A+ I’ve given in 2012), and now he’ll be the lead in The Bourne Legacy, taking over duties from Matt Damon. And you can watch the new trailer for that film after the cut.

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[Review] – The Dictator

30 May

Title: The Dictator
Year: 2012
Director: Larry Charles
Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, B.J. Novak, Chris Elliott, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas
MPAA Rating: R, strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images
Runtime: 83 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Metacritic: 58

Sacha Baron Cohen is one of those guys who you either love or you hate because of how wildly provocative and occasionally offensive he likes to be. I personally was a huge fan of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, I thought that film was pretty damn masterful in how it was so hilariously offensive, and it was a perfect showcase for Mr. Baron Cohen’s particular brand of comedy that relies on people not knowing they’re being filmed while he’s in character.

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[Teaser] – Les Misérables

30 May

Yesterday some photos surfaced online, and now the marketing push gets even stronger with an actual teaser for Les Misérables, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Review] – I Wish

29 May

Title: I Wish
Year: 2012
Director: Hirokazo Kore-eda
Writer: Hirokazo Kore-eda
Starring: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi
MPAA Rating: PG, mild thematic elements, language and smoking
Runtime: 128 min
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Metacritic: 79

For the 550th film I’ve reviewed I chose Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s I Wish, mostly because Still Walking is an absolutely brilliant film and I couldn’t wait to see his latest, and I figured I should treat myself to a movie that was most likely going to be good for a “milestone” review. And I’m really glad I did, because even if I Wish is no perfect film or anything like that, it’s definitely one of those little films that knows how to make a big impact, and I’m damn happy that I got to see it.

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[Review] – Sleepless Night

28 May

Title: Sleepless Night
Year: 2012
Director: Frédéric Jardin
Writer: Scenario by Frédéric Jardin and Nicolas Saada, adaptation and dialogue by Mr. Jardin and Olivier Douyère
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 89 min
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Metacritic: 76

Frédéric Jardin‘s Sleepless Night is one of those action movies that is so deceptively simple that you may not grasp how truly awesome the execution of all the action on display really is. We get a cop, Vincent, played by Tomer Sisley, that on the one side seems to be well-respected by his peers and totally devoted to his family, but on the other hand also seems to be quite corrupt. And then he attempts to steal cocaine from a powerful drug lord who then makes it personal and threatens to destroy not only Vincent’s career, but also his family. His teenage son is then kidnapped, and Vincent goes on a race against the clock to save him.

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