Despicable Me 2

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Three years ago, the original “Despicable Me” took everyone by surprise by offering a film with comically inept, soft-hearted villain who was slowly won over by three children. Now Gru, his family and his minions are back, only this time, he’s working for the good guys and finds himself facing romantic entanglements as well.

It’s an entertaining summer film, but in spite of its best efforts, it can’t live up to the magic of the original.

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The 2013 Summer Movie Preview – Part 2

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Ok, everyone, here we go! The second half of the Summer slate for 2013! There’s plenty of big movies in store, and of course, a handful of DOAs.

Click through to check out the second half of this Summer!

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Under the Radar?: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is a romantic dramedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly as two neighbors who meet for the first time as the earth faces an impending cataclysm in the form of a massive asteroid on a collision course. With the planet having mere weeks left before it’s obliterated, the two haltingly help each other find their loved ones during the final days.

One-third comedy, one-third romance, and one-third drama, “Seeking a Friend” is an enjoyable indie that’s bound to make audiences think about what’s important in their lives.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Two stale Vegas magicians meet their match in the form of a performance artist who steals their audience. Old school and new collide in a battle to be Vegas’ top act.

Featuring a couple of egomaniacal jerks (played by Steve Carell and Jim Carrey) who do battle via magic acts, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is certainly a movie that will give you a laugh or two along the way, but might not be anything to rush right out and see.

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The 2013 Spring Movie Season Preview

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YES! We made it through the Winter Movie Season, where Hollywood unloads their junk on us, and now we’re headed into the Spring!

Spring is a time for mini-blockbusters, and movies that Hollywood hopes will have decent runs. Last year, “The Hunger Games” was released in March, for example, and we all saw how well that did!

Click through to see all the movies that this Spring Season has to offer!

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

There was a time, a time before cable. When the local anchorman reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man then the rest.

His name was Ron Burgundy.

He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo.

In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls.

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Hope Springs

“Hope Springs” is a sexagenarian romance/sex comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as an elderly couple who seek counseling in order to resurrect their stagnant marriage. They travel across the country to visit a renowned author and counselor (played by Steve Carell), and begin the arduous process of working out their intimacy issues.

Including sex.

It’s as awkward as it sounds, but it’s also very comical. In the hands of these three talented individuals, “Hope Springs” winds up a very funny, romantic and well done movie.

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Now Showing on Cable: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Premiering on HBO this weekend was last year’s comedy about romance, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

In it, Steve Carell stars as a man whose wife suddenly requests a divorce. Left depressed and disillusioned, Carell is offered advice by a local lothario (Ryan Gosling) for regaining his masculinity. Thus begins a comedy about romance, relationships and resiliency.

With an all-star cast and a fun script, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” was a very entertaining comedy, and an easy movie to recommend to you all.

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Now showing on cable: “Despicable Me”

Despicable Me made its debut tonight on HBO, and I got around to seeing it for the first time.

Afterwards I felt Despicable… FOR WAITING SO LONG!

What a great movie that is. First of all, it’s excellently and stylistically animated. I don’t know why that never gets touched on anymore in this day and age of CGI animation, but it should be. Just because the animation is CGI doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to be good. Secondly, Steve Carell does some of the best work of his career here as Gru, the lead character. His accent makes Boris Badinov’s seem subtle by comparison, but it’s ridiculous in a good way.

Gru is a villain who wants to raise his profile. Standing in his way is his rival villain, Vector, voiced by Jason Segel. In order to infiltrate Vector’s fortress, Gru adopts a trio of young girls who supply Vector with Cookies. Comedy ensues as the girls move in and cramp Gru’s bachelor/villain lifestyle, and of course, eventually steal his heart. Continue reading