March 2011 Mini Reviews

Hall Pass: 2 out of 5
The Farrelly Brothers are really starting to annoy me, but at least this was better than their previous disaster “The Heart Break Kid.” This film had a lot of jokes here but most of them really fell flat. When they weren’t dick or shit jokes they were ones that I’ve basically heard before. Oh and then they tried to have some emotion in the film that didn’t work either.

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Sucker Punch review

Zack Snyder
Emily Browning
Abbie Cornish
Jena Malone
Vanessa Hudgens
Jamie Chung
Rated: PG-13

And to think, I was one of the people that defended Zack Snyder after Watchmen.

Sucker Punch is the story of Babydoll “Browning,” a girl who after accidentally killing her sister when she was actually trying to kill her step father who was jealous of her since she was going to inherit her mother’s money (This all happens in the first 10 minutes by the way), is sent to a mental institution. However, upon arrival it turns that she is able to escape into her own dreamscape, which becomes an under ground strip club run by Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac).

Babydoll knows she needs to get out of there and in one of her dreams a Wise Man (that’s actually his name) played by Scott Glenn lets her know that she needs to collect five items to escape. To do so she enlists the help of four of the other girls that are there. When she’s collecting the items she goes into another dream and makes capturing the items extremely over the top.

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Unknown review

Jaume Collet-Serra
Liam Neeson
Diane Kruger
January Jones
Aidan Quin
Bruno Ganz
Frank Langella
Rated: PG-13

Why does Liam Neeson have such major problems when he goes to Europe?

Unknown follows the story of Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson), who is attending a science summit in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth (Jones). After getting off the plane and arriving at the hotel, Martin realizes that he forgot his bag at the airport and gets into a cab to go grab it real quick. However this small mistake turns costly when the cab gets into an accident and Martin is taken to the hospital.

Upon awaking Martin doesn’t have much memory of what happened to him but it eventually returns slowly. He finally goes to the hotel where the summit and his wife are suppose to be. However, upon arrival he finds that his wife doesn’t remember him and there is another man who has taken his place. Now Martin must fight for his identity and get to the bottom of what is really going on.

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The Roommate review

Christian E.Christiansen
Leighton Meester
Minka Kelly
Cam Gigandet
Alyson Michalka
Rated: PG-13

Gasp, a horror movie where nothing happens.

The Roommate follows Sarah (Kelly), a young girl who has just entered college and is staying at the dorms on campus. Sarah eventually meets her roommate Rebecca (Meester). At first Rebecca seems like a nice enough girl, but as time passes Sarah begins to find Rebecca more and more clinging and controlling.

Eventually, Rebecca starts interfering in Sarah’s personal life pushing away any friends that she has. This becomes even more evident when Sarah finds a boyfriend in Stephen (Gigandet). After this Rebecca becomes even more drastic in her attempts to make Sarah her’s only.

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Sanctum review

Alister Grierson
Richard Roxburgh
Ioan Gruffudd
Rhys Wakefield
Alice Parkinson
Rated: R

The Poseidon Adventure in a cave!

Sanctum follows the character Josh (Wakefield), a young man who has been brought to a cave expedition by his father Frank (Roxburgh). Frank’s expedition is going deep into one of the biggest, unexplored caves in the entire world. Frank has made it very far into the cave already and has plans to dive deeper.

Before the team can go deeper, though, a large rain fall comes down blocking most of their entrances. Because of this, the team must dive deeper into the cave to find a way out of it. However it is uncharted and very dangerous.

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REVIEW: ‘127 Hours’

Danny Boyle
James Franco
Kate Mara
Amber Tamblyn
Rated: R

Jeez, the situation that Franco’s character was in during this movie made Tom Hanks look like he was at a five star hotel in “Cast Away.”

127 Hours follows the true story of Aaron Ralston (Franco), a biker and climber who loves getting into the outdoors and exploring different mountain ranges. The film starts with him leaving his house early and heading down to where he will spend his weekend. After arriving he heads out across Utah and eventually meets two women who are making their way through the area as well.

After hanging out with the two of them for a while, he continues out on his own across a dangerous opening in the earth. He thinks he has footing, but the rock he was standing on collapses and in a flash Ralston is stuck at the bottom of a small canyon far away from any help with his arm crushed. What follows is the story of his survival and his escape.

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REVIEW: ‘True Grit’

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Jeff Bridges
Hailee Steinfeld
Matt Damon
Josh Brolin
Rated: PG-13

Jeff Bridges does it again.

True Grit follows the young girl Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) who has recently lost her father to a criminal named Tom Chaney (Brolin). Ross is very strong willed and does not plan on ending her hunt for Chaney. She comes to a larger town where she looks to find a man with “real grit” to go after Chaney and bring him to justice.

Ross eventually meets Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) who is a U.S. Marshall who is quite good at gun battles, having shot many criminals in the past. She also meets a cocky Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Damon). After some convincing the three set out after Chaney, but they have a difficult time with the man hunt since the three don’t exactly get along.

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REVIEW: ‘The King’s Speech’

Tom Hooper
Colin Firth
Helena Bonham Carter
Geoffrey Rush
Michael Gambon
Rated: R

The film follows the later life story of the eventual King of England George VI (Firth). The film begins with George, also called Albert, trying to deliver a speech to the nation one day, but is unable to because of a major stammer he has. Because of this, Albert lives in the shadow of his brother Edward VIII (Pearce) and his father King George V (Gamgon).

George VI tries to have English specialists help with his stammer but they all appear to be futile. That is until his wife Elizabeth finds a man named Lionel Logue (Rush), who is more effective than the rest. After working with George VI for a time their friendship begins to grow despite a shaky start, and it is thrust into a level of professionalism when George VI is pushed to the throne and has to speak to rally his people in the face of World War II.

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