April – May 2014 Mini Reviews

The Other Woman: 1 out of 5
There are so many flaws with this movie, and listing them is probably the easiest thing to do. The humor is all below average and offers nothing really clever, Leslie Mann’s character is annoying and comes off as unbelievable, Kate Upton’s character is a waste of time and probably could have been written out of the whole picture and Nicki Minaj can’t act. Unlike “The First Wives Club,” this is just a dumb comedy without any charm.

Neighbors: 2 out of 5
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne hardly have any chemistry in this flick. So much of the comedy is just way over-the-top and has nothing really witty or sharp to balance things out. The humor and the movie itself are forgettable.

Million Dollar Arm: 3 out of 5
Jon Hamm gives an alright performance and the two ball players from India are really good. There were many predictabilities with the plot, though, and it wasn’t as moving as other Disney sports movies like “Remember the Titans” or “Miracle.”

Blended: 2 out of 5
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have good chemistry from working together and some of the jokes work in “Blended.” The problem is it’s so by the books and very reminiscent of “Just Go With It.” On top of that there are plenty of misses with the jokes.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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