REVIEW: ‘Monsters vs Aliens’

Cast:
Reese Witherspoon
Seth Rogen
Hugh Laurie
Will Arnett
Rated: PG

It’s classic ginormous monsters taking on alien invaders in this animated picture, setting up a heavyweight bout.

The film mainly centers around the character Susan (Witherspoon), who gets smashed by a meteor and absorbs super powers on her wedding day causing her to grow to 49 feet and 11 inches while also getting enhanced strength and agility. For this reason she’s taken into a government facility with other monsters who are kept for research.

The team of monsters get a chance to get unleashed, though, when an alien species, after the powers that Susan now has, comes to Earth.

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REVIEW: ‘Knowing’

Cast:
Nicolas Cage
Chandler Canterbury
Rose Byrne
Lara Robinson
Rated: PG-13

Nicolas Cage’s career is going off the rails.

This movie starts in 1959 with a school putting a time capsule in the ground to be opened in 50 years. One of the items in there is a list of random numbers. The film then cuts to the present day with a professor named John (Cage), who’s also a single father to his son Caleb (Canterbury). Caleb just happens to be at the school with the capsule and brings home the list of numbers.

While looking it over, John begins to see a pattern through all of the numbers and realizes that all of the disasters over the last 50 years were prophesied. After this realization, he begins investigating what it all means.

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REVIEW ‘Watchmen’

Cast:
Malin Akerman
Billy Crudup
Matthew Goode
Jackie Earle Haley
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Patrick Wilson
Rated: R

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the graphic novel, just keep that in mind.

“Watchmen” takes place in an alternate 1985. During the World War II era, unlike our timeline, super heroes came to be a mainstay in American culture. This both helped and hurt this alternate timeline, as the extra security provided by American heroes has caused the Russians to take increased precautions, further arming their nuclear weapon stockpiles.

The movie starts off with this tense situation between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. Right in the middle of that tension is a murder of one of the Watchmen, a super hero team that has been largely splintered over the years.

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REVIEW: ‘Bride Wars

Cast:
Kate Hudson
Anne Hathaway
Bryan Greenberg
Chris Patt
Steve Howey
Rating: PG

This certainly not a good way to kick off the new year.

“Bride Wars” centers around two good friends, Emma and Liv, who’ve both been dreaming of having a perfect wedding. While this is all well and good, their dreams go off the rails when their wedding dates land on the same day.

For this reason, the two become enemies, with each trying to upstage each other to have the better wedding.

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REVIEW: ‘Valkyrie’

Cast:
Tom Cruise
Kenneth Branagh
Bill Nighy
Terence Stamp
Rated: PG-13

Tom Cruise’s latest film has him play Colonel Stauffenberg, an officer in the German military who decides to join a plot to kill Hitler after seeing the devastating effects of World War II.

The film follows Stauffenberg, along with other German military officials, coming up with a plan labeled Valkyrie to kill Hitler, arrest the Nazi leadership and surrender to the Allies.

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REVIEW: ‘Gran Torino’

Cast:
Clint Eastwood
Christopher Carley
Bee Vang
Ahney Her
Rated: R

Clint Eastwood stars and directs in this picture, and he does both very well.

In the film, Eastwood plays Walt. Having just lost his wife, Walt now lives alone and unfortunately has a poor relationship with his kids. His quiet life takes a turn, though, when a young man is caught snooping around his 1972 Gran Torino. The boy, Thao (Vang) begins doing chores for Walt to earn his respect and eventually Walt begins a friendship with Thao and his family.

The situation turns bad, though, because of Thao’s extended family, many of whom are involved in gang violence.

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REVIEW: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

Cast:
Keanu Reeves
Jennifer Connelly
Kathy Bates
Jaden Smith
Rating: PG-13

All this made me want to do was watch the original.

“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a remake of the 1951 picture of the same name, tells the story of an alien named Klatu (Reeves) who comes down to our planet and is immediately met with a cautious military.

After escaping from the government, though, Klatu meets a woman named Helen and informs her that he has plans to save Earth’s species, except humanity.

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REVIEW: ‘Australia’

Cast:
Hugh Jackman
Ray Barrett
Nicole Kidman
Bryan Brown
Tony Barry
Rating: PG-13

Being in the outback for two hours and forty five minutes is a little too long for me.

Named after its setting, “Australia” tells the story of Sarah (Kidman), a woman looking to settle a cattle ranch in a rural area of the country. To do so, she gets the help of Drover (Jackman), a cowboy who assists Sarah in building up her business.

Conflict arises in the outback, though, as World War II is getting started and a romance starts blooming between the two main characters as well.

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