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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‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Official Trailer 2011 HD

The full trailer is out for Captain America and all we can say is wow. We were very concerned about this film, but it appears that Marvel has gotten it right from the look of the vintage WWII era to the Red Skull.

Captain America hits theaters July 22. In the meantime you can check out the 13-page digital comic book that accompanies the film, and take a look at the trailer below. We recommend full screen and high volume.

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Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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This Weekend at the Movies

Our Pick: Rango

This weekend is led by the amazing Rango. Our pick is not just a great animated film, but a great western and great feature film in itself. Rango is an insane movie and we mean that in the best possible way. Do not miss this movie. Johnny Depp is his rockstar self as Rango.

The second best bet for this week at least if you are a masochist is The Adjustment Bureau.

This Philip K. Dick treatment is a little heavy handed.  The combination of romance, sci-fi, religion, and weirdness that gave me a headache overall. I like my sci-fi with a little less magic hats and a lot lighter in tone. Maybe we are just not smart enough for this movie. Then again, maybe we are too smart for this movie. Then again, maybe it was in the plan that we would have a headache while watching this movie, thus making us think we weren’t smart enough, or at least making us type this review that says we are not smart enough for this movie. Or, maybe it was the plan to have us do all that so that you being the smarty that you are will go see this movie just to show how much smarter than us you are. Or, maybe not at all.

That paragraph is this movie in a nutshell, so if that is your idea of good writing and coherence by all means see this movie. If like us, you hate that paragraph do yourself a favor and go see Rango.

If you are in the mood for some slapstick 80’s fare and not really interested in seeing anything good, you can opt for Take Me Home Tonight. It is what you think it is, a not great 80’s movie that is genre filler. The good is that Topher Grace carries the movie, but he can only do so much.
Rounding out the week is Beastly. CBS Films is getting a track record for these ham fisted dramas that are just not very good. They are ok made for TV fare, but they keep releasing them into theatres for some reason unbeknownst to us. With Beastly they update the Beauty and the Beast story as viewed through the eyes of a teenage goth Twilight fan. Ugh.

2011 Golden Globes Winners

Snap_2011.01.17 01.47.20_008The Golden Globes were handed out last night and there were not too many surprises with The Social Network and Glee being big winners as expected, but there were some pleasant surprises. There were two highlights of the show. Jane Lynch had a fantastic acceptance speech, basically in character as she accepted her supporting actress role for her work as Sue Sylvester on Glee, and the best for us was that Katey Segal got a much deserved lead actress award for her amazing work on Sons of Anarchy.

On a final note, can we get someone besides Ricky Gervais to host this show. He just sucks at it and really,m rather than poke back at him I really wish that Robert Downey Jr. would have just come out and punched him in the face. Now that would have made an award show worth watching.

On with the award list

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The King’s Speech"
**WINNER: "The Social Network"**

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Burlesque"
**WINNER: "The Kids Are All Right"**
"Red"
"The Tourist"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
"Biutiful," Mexico/Spain
"The Concert," France
"The Edge," Russia
"I Am Love," Italy
**WINNER: "In a Better World," Denmark**

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
**WINNER: David Fincher, "The Social Network"**
Tom Hooper, "The King’s Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
**WINNER: Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"**
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
Halle Berry, "Frankie and Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter’s Bone"
**WINNER: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"**
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"
Johnny Depp, "The Tourist"
**WINNER: Paul Giamatti, "Barney’s Version"**
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love and Other Drugs"
Kevin Spacey, "Casino Jack"

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
**WINNER: Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"**
Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
**WINNER: Christian Bale, "The Fighter" **
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King’s Speech"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King’s Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
**WINNER: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"**
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

ANIMATED FILM
"Despicable Me"
"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Tangled"
**WINNER: "Toy Story 3"**

SCREENPLAY
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, "The Kids Are All Right"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David Seidler, "The King’s Speech"
**WINNER: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"**

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, "The King’s Speech"
Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"
A.R. Rahman, "127 Hours"
**WINNER: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"**
Hans Zimmer, "Inception"

SONG
"Bound to You" (music by Samuel Dixon, lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler), "Burlesque"
"Coming Home" (music and lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), "Country Strong"
"I See the Light" (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater), "Tangled"
"There’s a Place for Us" (music and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
**Winner: "You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me" (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), "Burlesque"**

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

DRAMATIC TV SERIES
**Winner: "Boardwalk Empire"**
"Dexter"
"The Good Wife"
"Mad Men"
"The Walking Dead"

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
**Winner: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"**
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Julianna Marguiles, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"
** Winner: Katy Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"**
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"30 Rock"
"Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
**WINNER: "Glee"**
"Modern Family"
"Nurse Jackie"

BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
**WINNER: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"**

BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
**WINNER: Laura Linney, "The Big C"**
Lea Michele, "Glee"

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
**WINNER: "Carlos"**
"The Pacific"
"Pillars of the Earth"
"Temple Grandin"
"You Don’t Know Jack"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"
**WINNER: Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"**
Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
Romola Garai, "Emma"
Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"
**WINNER: Al Pacino, "You Don’t Know Jack"**
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
**WINNER: Jane Lynch, "Glee"**
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Julia Stiles, "Dexter"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-O"
**WINNER: Chris Colfer, "Glee"**
Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin"

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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This week on DVD

imageFeatured DVD: Machete

Not a great week in DVD releases this week, some mindless comedy and horror abound. The only movie of interest is producer-writer-codirector Robert Rodriguez’s Machete which is, to us anyway in grindhouse parlance, one mean mother f’er.

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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Pete’s Quick Preview

A quick look at what’s coming up in the next few weeks from our resident film guru Peter Veugelaers.

Jan/Feb 2011

greenThere a few carry over films from the previous year being released in more theatres, including The Company Men, Frankie and Alice (starring Halle Berry) and Country Strong (starring Gwyneth Paltrow), which were at the top of my mind, and there is a saturation of romantic comedies, horrors, thrillers, comedies and a few under action and drama for the new releases at the beginning of the year.

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees Announced

imageThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. This year’s event will again take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This is the fourth year in a row that VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will also be broadcast internationally.

“Black Swan” received an unprecedented 12 nominations for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, garnering nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.  “True Grit” and “The King’s Speech” followed close behind with 11 nominations each, while “Inception” received 10 nominations and “The Social Network” garnered 9.

“Toy Story 3” was honored in the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories while two Best Picture nominees, “Inception” and “The Town,” were also recognized in the Best Action Movie category. “127 Hours,” “The Fighter” and “Winter’s Bone” also scored multiple nominations, including Best Picture….

Read more and complete list of nominees on EntertainmentNutz.com

Fright Night Movie: Childs Play

Watch Chucky online for fright night

Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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This Weekend at the Movies

For the first time in a while, there is not a new release we can recommend this week in wide release. Take the time to catch up on some good movies on Netflix or DVD, but stay away from Saw 3D whatever you do.

To tide you over here is the trailer for something that actually looks good. The upcoming Skyline.

The 20 Scariest Movies Ever

EW counts down the 20 scariest movies for Halloween weekend.

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Note: Cross posted from nutzworld.com.

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