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.

x-men-first-class-posterOverall Rating 9/10

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.

Trailer:

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.

This Week on DVD

 

Pick of the Week: The Fighter

Academy Award® Nominees Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams (Doubt) star in this “remarkable†” film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down – but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption.

Worth Watching: Afterlife

Genre master Clint Eastwood tries something different with the languid, introspective Hereafter–and succeeds (for the most part). George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood. French journalist Marie (Cécile de France) has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might – or must – exist in the hereafter.

Date Night: The Switch

Jennifer Aniston stars alongside Jason Bateman in this offbeat comedy as Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally’s (Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby – even if it means doing it herself…with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson). But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie’s plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn’t discovered until seven years later…when Wally gets acquainted with Kassie’s cute – though slightly neurotic – son. From the people behind Little Miss Sunshine and Juno comes The Switch.

Also on DVD this week:

March 15
 

A Shine of Rainbows (Drama, Family) Buy Now!

 Barbie: A Fairy Secret (Animation, Family) Buy Now!

 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season One, Part Two (Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!

 Blood (Horror) Buy Now!

 Coach: The Fourth Season (Comedy, TV) Buy Now!

 The Fighter (Drama) Buy Now!

 Gamera Vs. Zigra/Gamera: The Super Monster (Sci-Fi) Buy Now!

 Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (Drama) Buy Now!

 Hereafter (Supernatural Drama) Buy Now!

 Sharktopus (Horror, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!

 Snoopy Come Home/A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Animation, Family) Buy Now!

 The Switch (Comedy) Buy Now!

 Waste Land (Documentary) Buy Now!


March 20
 

How I Won the War (Limited Edition Collection) (Comedy, War) Pre-Order

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Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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This week on DVD

This is not such a promising week to be picking out DVD’s. There is the likes of Jackass 3D, but really if you have seen one, you have seen all of them. Somewhat interesting is Every Day, a dramedy sleeper about familial bonds and obligations–It somehow manages to be both real and outlandish.

DVD Releases this week

March 8
 The Backyardigans: We Arrrr Pirates (Animation, Family, TV) Buy Now!
 Bazaar Bizarre (Crime, Documentary, Thriller) Buy Now!
 The Chaperone (Action, Comedy) Buy Now!
 Dalziel and Pascoe: Season 3 (Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV) Buy Now!
 Doctor Who: The Ark (Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!
 Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!
 Every Day (Comedy, Drama) Buy Now!
 Four Lions (Comedy) Buy Now!
 Inside Job (Documentary) Buy Now!
 Judge John Deed: Season Three (Crime, Drama, Mystery) Buy Now!
 Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (Documentary, Music) Buy Now!
 The Man From Nowhere (Action, Crime, Thriller) Buy Now!
 Morning Glory (Comedy) Buy Now!
 The Next Three Days (Thriller) Buy Now!
 Rage (Thriller) Buy Now!
 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Patty Caper (Animation, Comedy, Family) Buy Now!
 Tales from Earthsea (Animation, Adventure, Fantasy) Buy Now!
 The Walking Dead: Season One (Drama, Horror, TV) Buy Now!
 The Zombie Farm (Horror) Buy Now!

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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.

DVD Tuesday: 127 Hours

From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes the powerfully uplifting true story of one man’s struggle to survive against mountainous odds. Aron Ralston (James Franco) has a passion for all things outdoors. But when a falling boulder traps him in a remote Utah canyon, a thrill-seeker’s adventure becomes the challenge of a lifetime. Over the next five days, Ralston embarks on a remarkable personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends–as well as his own courage and ingenuity–to turn adversity into triumph!

EN 5 Second Review: Emotionally charged and intense. We were worn out after watching this movie, discussed it for days. A must see.

All DVD Releases:

March 1
 127 Hours (Drama) Buy Now!
 A Beautiful Life (Drama) Buy Now!
 The Bleeding (Horror, Thriller) Buy Now!
 The Bleeding (Action, Adventure, Horror) Buy Now!
 Brenda Starr, Reporter (Crime, Drama, TV) Buy Now!
 Burlesque (Drama) Buy Now!
 The Clowns (Comedy, TV) Buy Now!
 Faster (Action, Thriller) Buy Now!
 My Girlfriend’s Back (Comedy, Romance) Buy Now!
 Noah’s Castle: The Complete Series (Adventure, Family, TV) Buy Now!
 ReBoot: Seasons 1 & 2 (Animation) Buy Now!
 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery) Buy Now!
 Ultimate Wave: Tahiti (Documentary) Buy Now!
 Walking on Water (Documentary) Buy Now!

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Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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Just Go With It

Well, lets just say it’s typical Adam Sandler fare and leave it at that.”

just go with itRelease Date: February 11, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Screenwriter: Allan Loeb, Tim Dowling
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Dave Matthews, Bailee Madison
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language)
Official Website: JustGoWithIt-movie.com

In "Just Go With It," a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives

EN 5 Second Review: This movie is formula to the nth degree. “Well, lets just say it’s typical Adam Sandler fare and leave it at that.”

Trailers and Clips:

Theatrical Trailer:

Meatballs: Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) and Danny (Adam Sandler) insult each other in front of Palmer (Brooklyn Decker).

Dead Soon: Danny (Adam Sandler) strikes a deal with his fake kids.

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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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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DVD and Blu-ray Releases this week

Our pick:

Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition

Walt Disney’s animated musical masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound-now brilliantly restored for the first time ever in high defi nition! Blu-ray technology fi nally allows you to experience Fantasia-and Fantasia 2000, the triumphant classic it inspired-the way Walt envisioned! Plus, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, experience the 2003 Academy Award®-nominated animated short Destino-the extraordinary collaboration between Walt Disney and legendary artist Salvador Dali!

Revealing new bonus features and commentary bring the Fantasia experience to life, allowing generations of moviegoers all over the world to enjoy this timeless classic like never before. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Buy Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition

Also on DVD this week:

Fantasia/Fantastia 2000 (4-Disc Special Edition) (Animation, Family, Fantasy, Music) Buy Now!
Knight and Day (Action, Comedy) Buy Now!
Liverpool (Drama) Buy Now!
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester (Animation, Comedy, Family, TV) Buy Now!
Luther (Crime, Drama, TV) Buy Now!
Marvel Knights: Iron Man – Extremis (Action, Adventure, Animation) Buy Now!
The Sicilian Girl (Crime, Drama) Buy Now!
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Adventure, Comedy) Buy Now!
Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary) Buy Now!
Walt & El Grupo (Documentary) Buy Now!

On Blu-Ray this week

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

image Release Date: November 19, 2010 (conventional theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Miranda Richardson, Warwick Davis, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Brendan Gleeson, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Jamie Campbell Bower, Richard Griffiths, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Fiona Shaw, Helen McCrory, David O’Hara, Natalia Tena

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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