December 2012

Review: Your Highness (2011)

A movie that can’t quite decide which way it wants to go.

Another movie that I watched on Netflix, this one caught my eye because I am, at the core, a geek who enjoys pretty much anything that has a good fantasy storyline.  The idea of a comedic fantasy story sounded intriguing, so I thought I’d give it a try.  The first thing I heard about the movie is that it was made by the same guys who did a flick called Pineapple Express.  I’ve never seen it, but was told it was entertaining.  With Your Highness, whatever goodness they brough

Gerard Butler's new movie bombs, but guess which movie just broke a huge record?

Weekend box office was a bit weak, but one movie continues to impress.

Did anyone head to the movie theater over the weekend? If so, what did you see? I'll tell you what you almost certainly did not see: the new romantic comedy Playing for Keeps. It seems, my fellow movie goers, that we have smarts, because Playing for Keeps just looks terrible in previews.

The Freddy Evolution

The Man and the Monster

Freddy Krueger is one of those movie monsters that will go down in history. Decades from now people will still be talking about the Dream Warrior and his epic battle with Jason Voorhees. The Freddy that finally faced off against Jason is vastly different than the one that menaced Johnny Depp in the original Nightmare on Elm Street.

 

Men in Black III

As far as sequels go, this one really works.

Men in Black rocked my world. It’s one of the few movies that I can watch over and over again (funny how several of the movies that make that list for me include Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith…), and I absolutely love how grotesque my favorite actor, Vincent D’onofrio, gets for his role. MIB II, however, was so painful that I didn’t even finish it. I love Rosario Dawson so much, but I just couldn’t get into that movie at all.

So I went into renting MIB III with caution over the weekend. Yeah, I had heard good things—but I remembered II’s groan-worthy flow and plot points. I am here to tell you, however, that III does not disappoint and, in fact, builds on the first film in a way that the second movie should have done.

Paranorman

It’s more like Coraline than Corpse Bride, which is great—but not for the kiddos.

My family and I really wanted to see the film Paranorman in theaters together. We’re big stop animation fans and my daughter loves Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas. That said, she is only seven, and we haven’t let her watch Coraline yet. In fact, we haven’t let her watch any movies like these unless we’ve already seen them and determined their fear factor, so we decided to wait and see it ourselves on DVD first.

I am so glad we did that. We rented the movie to watch on my husband’s birthday last night and it was pretty scary for kids. It wasn’t really gory or anything, but there were a couple of make-you-jump moments as well as a few that made me think my daughter would be quite scared. She still gets scared watching Scooby Doo, so I usually have a good feeling about what she can tolerate.

Weekend box office report: Brad Pitt's new movie bombs and sparkly vampires continue to rule

'Killing Them Softly' has a poor debut showing while 'Twilight' just keeps going.

The news is anything but good for Brad Pitt right now, because his big new movie, the indie action-thriller Killing Them Softly, pretty much bombed at the weekend box office. The film opened on Friday, and managed to scrape up a rather pathetic $7 million during its opening days. Yikes.