Monday, May 30, 2011

Paul (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen) in Theatres on June 1, 2011

Paul (2011)

Rating: 3.8/5
Like the Movie: 75% (n=59,955)

Rating: 3.2/5
Like the Movie: 71% (n=178)


"If it's escapist fun you want, just go with Paul" - Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

"A good-hearted, funny movie." - Linda Holmes, NPR

"While not as consistently funny or sharp as their previous pairings, Paul is a heartfelt tribute to friendship, what lies beyond the stars, and being a nerd." - Matt Neal, The Standard

"It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist." -

"Paul is a fun tribute to sci-fi films (and film geekery in general), but did it have to be so ... dumb?" - Simon Miraudo, Quickflix

"The poster is cute, the trailer cuter. "Paul" the movie? Don't ask." - Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope

"Well, that's one joke. Ninety more minutes to go." - Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Movie Info

Synopsis: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. Paul is directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy's cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver. -- (C) Universal

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Genre: Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Directed By: Greg Mottola

Distributed By: Universal Pictures

Simon Pegg (Graeme Willy)
Nick Frost (Clive Gollings)
Seth Rogen (Paul)
Jason Bateman (Agent Zoil)
Kristen Wiig (Ruth Buggs)
Bill Hader (Haggard)
Blythe Danner (Tara Walton)
John Carroll Lynch (Moses Buggs)
Sigourney Weaver (The Big Guy)
Joe Lo Truglio (O'Reilly)
David Koechner (Gus)
Steven Spielberg (As Himself)
Jane Lynch (Pat Stevens)


Saturday, May 28, 2011

X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon) in Theatres on June 2, 2011

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

Rating: 3/5
Review: When I was a kid, I would never miss an episode of the X-Men cartoons. I watched all the movies in theaters and would definitely not miss this epic beginning. I watched two movies in one day... this and Green Lantern (this one's better by the way). Amidst the great reviews, I just found the movie okay. It was not that spectacular but at least it clearly explained how it all started... hmmm, so that's why Professor X is now on a wheelchair... Oh and for me, the most unforgettable scene in the movie is when the coin slowly, excruciatingly went through Kevin Bacon's head. Uuugggghhhh!!!


Rating: 4.1/5
Like to See the Movie: 89% (n=111,325)


Rating: 3.7/5
Like the Movie: 86% (n=228)


"Taking the story back to its roots, Vaughn has made some shrewd decisions, reflected in the superb cast (McAvoy and Fassbender stand out) and the use of Cold War context, which evokes the early, much admired James Bond pictures." - Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

"We know that story so well, and yet somehow Vaughn has made it feel fresh and new again." - Scott Collura, IGN Movies

"First Class takes the X-Men story back to its roots and is just the kick in the pants the series needed. It is smart, spectacular, never cheesy, often thrilling and always incredibly entertaining." - Allan Hunter, Daily Express

"X-Men: First Class is a rock-solid piece of storytelling." - Paul Verhoeven, The Vine

"This grandiose globetrotting fantasy boasts plentiful action spectacle and effective character-based drama set in an age of civil unrest and Cold War paranoia." - Alan Jones, Radio Times

"A droplet of vintage Bond DNA, a molecule of Mad Men cool, fused with the vibrant, adrenalised spin on superheroics he injected into Kick-Ass." - Nick Setchfield, SFX Magazine

"Big and bold and aggressively told, it feels to me like this is the first film in a brand-new franchise, and I think Fox just got it right, really right, in a way they haven't on any of their Marvel films so far." - Drew McWeeny, HitFix

Movie Info

Synopsis: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. - (c) Fox

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr. 11 min.

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier)
Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto)
January Jones (Emma Frost)
Rose Byrne (Dr. Moira MacTaggert)
Oliver Platt (Man in Black)
Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw)
Jennifer Lawrence (Raven Darkholme / Mystique)
Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast)
Lucas Till (Alex Summers / Havok)


Monday, May 23, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie) in Theatres on May 26, 2011

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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Rating: 4.5/5
Review: This movie is so awesome! Both laughed and cried. I like this more than the original =)


Rating: 4.2/5
Like the Movie: 87% (n=39,707)

Rating: 3.5/5
Like the Movie: 79% (n=95)


"Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"This emotionally resonant, character-driven, action-packed sequel is awesome!" - Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate

"The film marks the amazing feature film directing debut by artist-animator Jennifer Yuh." - James Verniere, Boston Herald

"No, we're not talking about Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter, although it does feel that way early on in the animated Kung Fu Panda 2." - Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

"A fleeter, funnier beast than its 2008 predecessor." - Nick Schager, Village Voice

"The freshness and novelty that made the original film such a kick back in 2008 has been, well, kicked to bits." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"The kinder, gentler Kung Fu Panda 2 will surely try the patience of older children and fun-seeking parents." - Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

"Like that kung pao chicken at the back of your fridge, none of it's quite as crisp the second time around." - Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Movie Info

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. -- (C) Dreamworks

Rated: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Distributor: Paramount Studios/Dreamworks

Jack Black (Po)
Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu)
Angelina Jolie (Tigress)
Gary Oldman (Lord Shen)
Jackie Chan (Monkey)
Lucy Liu (Viper)
Michelle Yeoh (The Soothsayer)
Jean-Claude Van Damme (Master Croc)


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz) in Theatres on May 20, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)


Rating: 3.7/5
Like the Movie: 67% (n=99,123)


Rating: 2.5/5
Like the Movie: 33% (n=221)


"Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier." - Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides serves as a welcome corrective, reviving the fun, feather-light frivolity that any film based on a Disneyland ride ought to exhibit." - Andrew Barker, Variety

"It's shorter and leaner than the previous sequel, but this Pirates runs aground on a disjointed plot and a non-stop barrage of noisy action sequences." -

"The movie is a series of distractions tossed together in the hopes that they will come together in a coherent story. That never really happens." - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

"Repetitious, tedious, and pretty much joyless, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" strains to reboot what was up until now a generally fun and always profitable cinematic enterprise." - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

"Pirates 4 struggles to stay afloat but finally sinks under the weight of its computer-rendered fakery, which the addition of 3-D does absolutely nothing to improve." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"The pirates of the Caribbean are back, and this time they've given up on the doubloons and galleons to plunder something really precious. Our time." Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"Its one real act of piracy is stealing away your excitement." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Movie Info

Synopsis: Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. -- (C) Disney

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr. 17 min.

Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Directed By: Rob Marshall

Written By: Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow)
Penelope Cruz (Angelica)
Ian McShane (Blackbeard)
Geoffrey Rush (Captain Hector Barbossa)

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