The Will Ferrell screwball comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron… MoreThe Will Ferrell screwball comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is outrageously funny. Set in the '70s, the story follows a San Diego news anchor name Ron Burgundy who's at the top of his game, but his world is shaken when a spunky, headstrong female report joins the station's news team. Aside from Ferrell, the film stars Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and Paul Rudd; who all deliver great performances that really makes the comedy work. Additionally, there's some hilarious spoofing of '70s American pop-culture. A better comedy than it has any right to be, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a lot of fun.
Despite some impressive casting, Paranoia is a rote thriller with no… MoreDespite some impressive casting, Paranoia is a rote thriller with no originality to it. After being blackmailed, Adam Cassidy gets caught in a rivalry between two tech companies by agreeing to become an undercover mole; but when he tries to back out the people he works for threaten the lives of his friends and family. It's a formulaic plot that's predictable from start to finish. The only saving graces are the strong performances from Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Josh Holloway. But it's not enough to save the film from mediocrity. Paranoia is completely unremarkable and instantly forgettable.
Shot in a documentary style, The Frankenstein Theory puts forth a… MoreShot in a documentary style, The Frankenstein Theory puts forth a fascinating idea about the truth behind the classic Frankenstein story. After being drummed out of the academic community, Dr. Jonathan Venkenhein hires a film crew to follow his expedition into the Canadian tundra in search of a creature that he believes to be the source of the Frankenstein legend. Unfortunately, the acting isn't particularly good and the story structure is weak. The Frankenstein Theory starts out rather promising, but before long it loses its momentum and falls into bad horror movie cliches.
An exciting and thrilling animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth… MoreAn exciting and thrilling animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth is entertaining and fun. After receiving an unidentified distress call from Earth the planet Baab sends their top astronaut to investigate, but when he's captured by the U.S. military he discovers a nefarious plot against aliens. Featuring William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and Brendan Fraser, the film has a strong cast. Additionally, the comedy is pretty good (even though it does get a little too cartoonish at times). However, the plot is full of cliches; and while some of them work, others drag the film down. Yet despite its flaws, Escape From Planet Earth is a film that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins is a film for the ages.… MorePractically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins is a film for the ages. Based on the book series by P.L. Travers, the story follows a magical nanny named Mary Poppins who comes to the aid of a London family and takes the children on fantastical adventures. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke give outstanding performances that have become iconic. And, the musical numbers are incredibly catchy and fun; featuring the Academy Award winning "Chim Chim Cher-Ee." One of Walt Disney's crowning achievements, Mary Poppins is nothing less than supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
An inspiring tale of overcoming adversity, The Secret Life of Walter… MoreAn inspiring tale of overcoming adversity, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty delivers laughs and adventure. When the cover photo for Life magazine's last issue comes up missing, Walter Mitty embarks on a quest to find the photographer and get a copy of the missing photo; but he'll have to brave shark attacks, volcanoes, and scale mountains to do it. Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Sean Penn, the film has a strong comedic cast that works well with this kind of satire and dry humor. Additionally, the soundtrack does a good job at depicting the character of Walter Mitty, and the changes that he goes though. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has some pacing issues and the story's missing a few beats, but it's still a fun ride with a positive message about self-empowerment.
From writer/director Spike Jonze comes the provocative science-fiction… MoreFrom writer/director Spike Jonze comes the provocative science-fiction drama Her. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, and Rooney Mara, the performances are especially good; particularly Johansson, whose voice work is full of rich, emotionally texture. The story follows a writer named Theodore who develops an emotional connection with the A.I. of his computer's operating system, but the struggle to build a relationship proves to be fraught with difficulty. The writing is extraordinary, and explores some intriguing ideas about relationships and identity. However, Jonze's directing style hurts the storytelling somewhat, and makes for a rather bland aesthetic. Yet, overall Her is a fascinating look at the human condition and the evolution of technology.
Keri Russell stars in the satirical comedy Austenland. The story… MoreKeri Russell stars in the satirical comedy Austenland. The story follows a young woman obsessed with the works of Jane Austen, who takes a vacation to a cottage retreat where she gets to live out a Jane Austen style adventure. Russell gives a great performance and has good chemistry with her co-stars. Additionally, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour make for a strong supporting cast. Still, the writing is a little weak and the plot doesn't always seem like it knows where it's going. But, despite its ups and downs Austenland is fun and entertaining.
The quirky romantic comedy Stuck In Love is impressively thoughtful… MoreThe quirky romantic comedy Stuck In Love is impressively thoughtful and sincere. Three years after his wife left him novelist Bill Borgens continues to hold out hope that they'll get back together; meanwhile his two teenage children deal with the break up in their own way. The themes of love appear throughout each character's journey; as they each struggle with some different aspect it, and its hold on them. Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, and Kristen Bell, the casting is quite strong, and performances are all quite good. Additionally, the soundtrack does an excellent job at complementing the tone of the film. Stuck In Love is a bit of a conventional rom-com in some ways, but it has an important message that goes beyond the usual platitudes.
A lackluster and disappointing sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters… MoreA lackluster and disappointing sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters continues the adventure (very poorly). In this chapter Percy Jackson bands together with his friends on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, which they need to heal the protecting tree that keeps the sanctuary of the demigods safe. The writing is weak, and the acting is pretty bad all around (except for a cameo by Nathan Fillion). But the special effects are the real Achilles' heel; as they're incredibly poor and serve as a constant distraction. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is an uninspired film with no magic or wonder to it.