13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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50 First Dates

BBBB (out of 5) Adam Sandler plays a marine veterinarian living in sunny Hawaii who has commitment issues and basically sticks to quick relationships with the island’s tourists. This all changes when he meets quirky, loveable Drew Barrymore in a diner and has the most romantically inspiring afternoon of his life; then the next day he finds…

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The Merchant Of Venice

BBBB (out of 5) In sixteenth century Venice, the city’s rampant anti-Semitism has its own racism bite back when a Jewish moneylender (Al Pacino) looks to be repaid for the bond he has signed with a merchant (Jeremy Irons). Joseph Fiennes plays the lovestruck Bassanio, a young man in difficult financial circumstances who longs to woo…

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Down With Love

BBBB (out of 5) Renee Zellweger is delightful as a New York City writer whose new tome seeks to emancipate women from subservient roles and set them up as equals with their male counterparts. Essentially a remake combining Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedies of the fifties and sixties and Sex And The Single Girl, this film…

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

BB (out of 5) I watched Alpha Male Wolverine mope around Patrick Stewart’s house for three movies, absolutely boggled as to what could have led any man to become a muscular, emotionally-retentive punching machine, and now I finally have the answer. As I suspected, the story of Wolverine’s origins are only enough of a plot…

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Bug

BB.5 (out of 5) A lonely Oklahoma woman (Ashley Judd) spends her nights working in a bar and her days hiding out in the motel room where she lives. After fellow waitress Lynn Collins brings over a friend (Michael Shannon) for an evening of drinking and drugs, he ends up sticking around, the two of them…

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John Carter

B (out of 5) A film that is truly as terrible as you have heard it is. The industry watched in horror as a $250 million dollar blockbuster sank from the word go, ignored by audiences upon its opening weekend and (justifiably) lambasted by critics for having nothing to recommend it. Based loosely on the…

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The Lake House

BB (out of 5) If you’re like me and you just can’t resist a good Keanu Reeves metaphysical tearjerker, by all means, don’t delay.  Sandra Bullock plays a lonely Chicago doctor (which is a step up from the lonely Chicago transit ticket seller she was playing in While You Were Sleeping eleven years ago) who leaves a letter in…

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