Passengers

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I’ve been interested in seeing Passengers since I first saw the trailer. Shiny sci-fi with a bit of romance, a bit of fun and a bit of danger. Even a mystery to unravel. Plus a chance for two endearing actors to prove themselves in a starring vehicle.

Then after hearing . . . → more

The Lucky One

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

I’ve never watched a movie as piecemeal as The Lucky One. There isn’t really an entire scene in the whole movie. It’s 2 lines of dialog and moving on. A nice shot of someone running or walking, moving on. Three lines of dialog… I’m not even exaggerating. I think there were maybe . . . → more

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

This movie wasn’t really what I expected. From the preview I expected a little funny and more sex than there actually was. But it was *really* funny, much funnier than anything I’ve seen in a long time. And not a contrived sort of funny, just a really natural kind of funny.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

I am definitely in the minority, and I realize that. Breaking Dawn is on track to make $140M this weekend (proving the power of women at the box office when they’re captivated). Many of them will probably see this two or three times or more, but I didn’t love it.

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Water for Elephants

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I’d read the book, and I don’t particularly like Robert Pattinson, and I both loved and hated the elephant. So my curiosity of this movie had me kind of excited to see it.

I really liked how they evoked the time period. It was so beautiful and kind of magical in a . . . → more

The Adjustment Bureau

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

We need more action romances so it becomes its own genre.

As much as I talk about fun work stuff, I try not to get into the nitty gritty of some of it because, honestly, that can spoil some of the fun of it and also tends to create cynicism. But I . . . → more

The Tourist

Rating: 4 of 5  

The Tourist is a lovely mix of silliness and intrigue and romance. The bad guy isn’t who you expect, or at least not completely. There’re two conceits that you kind of have to just accept (the van and the train), but they’re small and everything else is so fun, I’m perfectly willing . . . → more

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

I think, though still flawed, Eclipse is the best of the Twilight films thus far.

Before I even begin I should say that it’s my favorite book. I like how romantic it is and I like Jacob and Edward talking in the tent and the whole little kerfuffle about gifts.

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17 Again

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

In some ways, Zach Efron completely makes this movie. And not just because he’s a lot more interesting to watch than Matthew Perry.

The premise is something we’ve seen plenty of before but it manages to be fresh and enjoyable in this incarnation. Partly because it’s well written. Partly because the secondary . . . → more

Sydney White

Rating: 1.5 of 5  

This wasn’t quite as sweet and cute and charming as I’d hoped. Not sure why. I think some things that were intended to be funny or cute just sort of fell flat.

First of all, I’m sorry but Amanda Bynes needs a new make up artist. The brown hair works fine on . . . → more