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Sucker Punch

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

By mixing aspects of many recent successful films into his first original work, Snyder has created tried to create something entirely original, but falls a short thanks to some stilted dialogue and little in the way of character development. While undoubtedly talented, and possessing a unique visual flair, it may be some time before he is given the opportunity to direct an original work again.

The Adjustment Bureau

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While badly marketed (it's nothing like Inception meets Bourne) this is still an admirable take on a high concept - that, while humanity has free will, there are agents of Fate that will make changes necessary to our environment to ensure the greater good will come to pass.

Hall Pass

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Owen Wilson is slightly unbelievable as a husband as father, luckily this role changes for him in the opening 15 minutes as his wife gives him a Hall Pass to do whatever he thinks he can't due to marriage. What follows is a enjoyable return to form for the Farrelly's after a few mis-steps that will have you laughing through your fingers after a few "did they really do that?" moments which masks the film's true heartb

I Am Number Four

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Felt like asking for my money back after seeing this. Don’t believe the trailers, what (admittedly quite good) action there is in this film is confined to it’s last 20 minutes. The rest of it is like an overlong episode of the late-90's XFiles-For-Kids tv show Roswell, with a dash of Smallville. With the Twilight saga set to end with the next film, it looks like studios are throwing mud at the wall and waiting to see what sticks. The ending, indeed the entire premise, is completely set up for a franchise, but there really is nothing here to recommend further entries.

Morning Glory

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

McAdams is at her endearing best as the producer of a morning show on its last legs. Harrison Ford's abrasive former news anchor is brought in to spike interest in the show. The two leads spark convincingly off each other in this enjoyable trip to the movies.

The Next Three Days

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

A taut thriller that examines the lengths a man will go to in order to free his wife when she is imprisoned for a murder she may, or may not, have committed. Crowe is stretched to breaking point, and this may be the first dramatic role I've seen Banks in, but she handles it admirably well. Like the similar themed Law Abiding Citizen (in a one-man-against-the-system kind of way) the last 30 minutes do stretch believability a little, but overall it's not a bad start to 2011 for movies.

Love and Other Drugs

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Hathaway pushes her Disney princess past further away as the free spirited Maggie, with a medical condition that prevents any kind of long term relationship, while Gyllenhaal plays the same character we've seen the likes of Matthew McConaughey make a career out of. I think this may end up being remember as one of the first of the 90's nostalgia films (Maggie's apartment is straight out of Party of Five/Reality Bites) with the soundtrack to boot

Easy A

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Olive embraces the reputation bestowed upon her as the result of a lie to her best friend about how she spent her weekend. Now hated by the Christians in her school, and loved by the outcasts who use her reputation to enhance their own, she's taught a series of lessons about how bad things can get, and how fast. Embroidering the scarlet letter A on all her clothes, and adopting a radically different style of clothing, Olive is forced to confront the results of her actions, and how they affect everyone in her life. This is going to be marked down as the breakout role for Emma Stone, who excels in the lead role.

Due Date

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

A modern retelling of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. While neither lead character is as likeable as their forebears, it's still a solid enough outing. I would worry that Galifianakis is just going to be cast as "weirdo with a beard-o" for the rest of his career

The Social Network

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Compelling re-telling of the creation of the largest communications development in the last decade, and one of the first films to get the atmosphere of an internet startup right. Working in IT, I do recognise myself, and colleagues in the leads.

Back to the Future (25th Anniversary Re-Issue)

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

timeless, classic, fun film. See it on the big screen with a bunch of friends.

The Town

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Solid second effort from Affleck, proving he can act, even if it takes Affleck the directory to get the best from Affleck the actor.