42

42

“42″ tells the true story of Jackie Robinson, the Hall of Fame baseball player who was the first African-American to integrate the sport in 1947. For this, he received animosity from other players, incredibly nasty heckling from the fans, and an enormous volume of hate mail and death threats. Through it all, he persevered… not only to change the game, but to become great at it.

It’s a powerful story, inherently, and “42″ tells it in a straightforward, conventional, albeit entertaining way.

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The Host (Non-April Fools version)

The Host

My apologies to everyone for yesterday’s review, especially to those who were happy to finally come across a favorable take on it, but I was, indeed, having a bit of April Fools’ Day fun. :D

I do NOT think the Host is a B+. It was slow, sappy, and not nearly as sharp as it needed to be in order to support its moral and ethical underpinnings. :(

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The Host

The Host

Heading in to this film having completely written it off after the author’s abysmal earlier film saga (“Twilight”), I found myself surprisingly involved in it somewhere along the way.

Instead of the sappy, tween romance dreck I had been expecting, “The Host” serves up a sci-fi tale of morality and ethics, and a decent one at that.

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Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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It’s amateur hour in “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor”, as Tyler Perry breaks out the weed whacker in order to write and direct this tale of infidelity and woe. Bad acting, bad dialogue, poor direction and a ridiculous story collide to bring you an ultimately laughable film.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

GI Joe Retaliation

Cartoonish heroes and villains, each with their own code names and costumes, hold sword fights and machine gun battles in furtherance of the world’s thinnest plot.

I wish I knew what it is that makes bad movies enjoyable… so that I could take some and give it to “G.I. Joe”.

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The Croods

The Croods

Dreamworks Animation’s “The Croods” is easily the silliest, most cartoonish animated movie I’ve seen in a long time. It seemed to me to be even more squarely aimed at children than most modern animated offerings are nowadays.

Regardless, it’s fun, funny, brightly colored and spiritedly animated. It’s definitely a family friendly slice of entertainment.

It’s totally worth it to take your brood to “The Croods”.

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Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus has Fallen

Full of explosions, machine gun fire and hand to hand combat, all in support of an absolutely preposterous scenario, “Olympus Has Fallen” offers us big dumb summer movie fun in the first days of Spring.

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Admission

Admisison
Be forewarned: “Admission” is being marketed as a romantic comedy, but it most assuredly is not. Certainly, it has comedic moments, but they’re few and front-loaded.

Instead, “Admission” is a dramatic film with comedic undertones about a career oriented woman facing a mid-life crisis, who may or may not have just been brought into contact with the child she gave up for adoption back when she was in college.

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