Green Lantern Review

3/5 Stars

green-lantern-poster“This movie is somewhat of an ode to fan-boys, you may get lost at times if you do not know your Lantern backstory. For non-lantern or comic genre fans this movie will most likely fall short.”

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before…more

X-Men: First Class – A Pleasant Surprise

EN 5 Second Review: We really wanted to hate this movie and had in every way thought that this reboot which shed itself of our favorite actors would disappoint, but this was the best since the original and in many ways is better than even the original was.

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Release Date: June 3, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language)
Official Website: X-MenFirstClass.com

Summary: "X-Men: First Class" charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

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Clips:

Magic Trick: Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) demonstrate their abilities to the CIA.

Spotlight: Banshee – Sean Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones) can create extremely powerful sounds.

Spotlight: Beast – Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) undergoes a transformation.

Spotlight: Mystique – Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) is able to completely change her appearance.

Spotlight: Havok – Alex Summers (Lucas Till) must learn to control his energy blasts.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Trailer

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ 3D Theatrical Trailer

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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“This is just not a very good movie, but as always, Johnny Depp is spot on and having fun playing Captain Jack.”

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne’s Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

EN Review: We really wanted to like this movie, and it is not bad… but that’s not good enough for our expectations. This is just not a very good movie, but as always, Johnny Depp is spot on and having fun playing Captain Jack. The 3D actually darkens the movie taking the fun right out of it, and having seen it in 2D and 3D we preferred the 2D version by far. If you are a Captain Jack fan it is worthwhile, if not, wait for Netflix… Read more on EntertainmentNutz

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Trailer Preview: Immortals

A man chosen by the gods will unite us…. whatever, What looks like it might have had a chance at being a cool movie this teaser trailer looks strangely unfinished in parts.

It’s from the producers of 300 and is due out 11-11-11 so there is plenty of time to clean it up so we are going to give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Plot: The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra, her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

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DVD Pick: The Kings Speech

“A perfect package featuring top notch acting, directing, and a perfect script and beautiful cinematography”

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Tom Hooper
Screenwriter: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for some language)
Official Website: KingsSpeech.com

Based on the true story of the Queen of England’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. "The King’s Speech" stars Academy Award nominee Colin Firth as King George VI, who unexpectedly becomes King when his brother Edward abdicates the throne. Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as Logue, the man who helps the King find a voice with which to lead the nation into war.

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.

The award-winning cast includes Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon.


EN Review: This is not just a period piece, we usually do not care for them at all, this is a slice of life and history. It’s a perfect package featuring top notch acting, directing, and a perfect script and beautiful cinematography all come together and watching this you can see exactly why it won every award.

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This Week at the Movies

A pretty good crop of movies this week with Hanna being a fantastic piece of cinema and there is also something for everyone as Russell Brand puts a spin on Arthur, Soul Surfer is pretty inspirational, and then there is comedy Your Highness for those who don’t want to think at all.

This weeks movie pick: Hanna

EN 5 Second Review: This is one of those rare movies that breaks the mold. Imagine if you will a fairy tale about a teenage princess who is a highly trained killer and there is no happy ending in sight. It’s weirdly terrific to see actual cinema dressed up as an action film. Don’t expect to understand this film on the first viewing, the good news is that you will want to see it again to figure out what you are missing.

Overall Take: Highly entertaining, our pick of the week is actually worth your 12 bucks. Twice. Also, Saoirse Ronan is amazing. … [Read More…]

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Arthur

EN 5 Second Review: This is a simple movie to review. If you are a Russell Brand fan, this is a must see movie. He is amusing, and this is a fairly serviceable vehicle for his sweet brand of humor. Helen Mirren is spot on as always. However, this movie was not exactly clamoring to be remade, the original was ok, but not exactly a fantastic movie in itself.

Overall Take: Blandly amusing, wait for cable. … [Read More…]

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Soul Surfer

EN 5 Second Review: We really did not want to see this, however in the end, we are glad we did. Although this feels a lot like a Lifetime movie however unlike most movies like this at which we give them the full MST3K treatment this movie actually moved us even if it was a little preachy in the end like most sports biopics are. On a side not it is nice to see role models for the preteen set other than the oversexed twilight type roles.

Overall Take: Not a bad choice to take your young daughter to see, or for a church group, but its not worth your 12 bucks otherwise. Wait for its multiple plays on Lifetime. … [Read More…]

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Your Highness

EN 5 Second Review:

This is a tough movie to watch. These are some seriously talented actors playing well below their level and its just bizarre to see in a lot of ways. Its offensive, yet reasonably funny and somewhat entertaining on a porkies level. But you just never really get over the weirdness of the casting, It would actually work better with a relatively unknown cast. Watching Natalie Portman spew filth is oddly hilarious though.

Overall Take – Wait for the late night cable showing. … [Read More…]

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Green Lantern Footage from WonderCon

Holy crap, the world on Oa is starting to look very real and the Green Lantern is coming check out this footage from WonderCon. It looks like DC may just have this one right after all.

 Green Lantern hits theaters June 17, 2011.

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The Confession–Kiefer Does Web Series Right.

If you’re missing the sight of 24?s Kiefer Sutherland brandishing a weapon, your wait is over as Kiefer stars in the new web series The Confession which he also created. The Confession was written and directed by Brad Mirman, and co-stars John Hurt. The first three episodes are already up and from watching these there is a good chance that there could be a shift in the making. There has been web entertainment before, but this goes way past that and into the realm of real film making or television. See for yourself here, but after watching them, we think that we are seeing the beginnings of original content for the web that can compare with anything the networks have to offer. It’s about time.

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DVD Pick: Secretariat

“entertaining and inspiring from beginning to end.”

secretariatDisney presents an astonishing true story bursting with hope, heart, and courage. Diane Lane and John Malkovich lead a celebrated cast in this inspirational motion picture from the producers of Miracle, Invincible and The Rookie.

Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariatalt and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion. Out of the gate with never-before-seen bonus features, Secretariat is hours of pulse-pounding entertainment for the whole family!

EN 5 Second Review: Corny, but in all the best ways you can imagine Secretariat is both entertaining and inspiring from beginning to end.

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Other DVD releases this week:

Adventures of Power (Comedy) Buy Now!
Broadcast News (Criterion Collection) (Comedy, Drama, Romance) Buy Now!
Dead Space: Aftermath (Animation, Horror, Sci-Fi) Buy Now!
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Action, Mystery, Thriller) Buy Now!
Like Dandelion Dust (Drama, Family) Buy Now!
Nowhere Boy (Biography, Drama, Musical) Buy Now!
Open Season 3 (Animation, Comedy) Buy Now!
Red (Special Edition) (Action, Comedy) Buy Now!
Red Hill (Crime, Thriller) Buy Now!
Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection (Various) Buy Now!
Santa Sangre (Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller) Buy Now!
Saw 3D (The Final Chapter) (Horror, Thriller) Buy Now!
Secretariat (Drama) Buy Now!
The Traveler (Horror, Thriller) Buy Now!
Tupac Uncensored & Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes (Documentary) Buy Now!
What’s the Matter with Kansas? (Documentary) Buy Now!
White Wedding (Comedy, Romance) Buy Now!

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