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Episode 28: Is Twilight over yet?

News & Gossip:

  •  Tom Cruise has picked the new director for Mission: Impossible 5 link
  • 9 min of the new Star Trek playing in IMAX before The Hobbit link

In theaters now:

  •  Lincoln (trailer): This movie blew Anna’s mind, but Kari’s less so. Anna thinks this is one of the best movies she’s seen all year, and while Kari loved it as well, maybe not as much as Anna did. They both rate it a high 5.
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 (trailer): Anna found the movie to be a bit more boring than Kari did. Kari really enjoyed the new vampires that were introduced to the story and appreciated how they added to the movie. They both enjoyed seeing Edward in his true, happy state. They both rated it a solid 3.
  • Anna Karenina (trailer): While Anna found this movie to be visually stunning, the story left her a bit cold. She felt every minute of the 2 hour run time, but did enjoy seeing how Joe Wright’s earlier work influenced this one. Anna rates it a 2, but if you already know and like the story, you’ll probably enjoy it more than her.
  • Life of Pi (trailer): Even though this movie encompassed all the things Kari doesn’t like (sharks, big cats, and the ocean), she still rated it a 4. It’s a visually stunning piece of work and if sharks, tigers, being stranded in the ocean don’t stress you out, you will enjoy this movie.
  • Hitchcock (trailer): Anna thinks that if you’re interested in Hitchcock or his movies (especially Psycho), you will enjoy this movie. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are fabulous portraying the unique relationship Hitchcock and his wife had. Anna rates it a 4.

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Episode 15: The Countdown to Magic Mike Begins

After two weeks off, we come back with all guns blazing and bring you four reviews!

News & Gossip:

  • A sign of the remake apocalypse article 
  • Wanted 2 could be coming our way… but how will it work without THE LOOM OF DESTINY? article
  • The poster for Taken 2 is out! article
  • Bachelorette… Could this be the raunchy comedy we all thought Bridesmaids was going to be? article

In theaters now:

  • Moonrise Kingdom (trailer): Wes Anderson’s latest is another uniquely satisfying treat amid this year’s field of remakes and reboots. It would be impossible for me to believe that anyone could ever categorize a Wes Anderson film as ordinary. His characters are quirky, his plots are bizarre (in an believable way), and his sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes. This story of a Khaki Scout and a girl with no knowledge of camping running away together on a small New England island was a delight from beginning to end. The cast brought this world to life in a way that I didn’t necessarily expect and even with some pretty amazing names (Francis McDormand, Bruice Willis, Bill Murray…) the real stars were the child actors. If you are looking for a light and 100% original comedy this is the film for you. At the time of recording only Anna had seen this film but I was able to see it shortly after. Anna rated it 4 out of 5 and I concur.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed (trailer): Anna was really impressed with Audrey Plaza’s turn as a newspaper intern investigating a claim of time travel. With a feature length film, she was able to add depth and layers to her normal schtick of the uninterested, unmotivated teenage girl. Her chemistry with Mark Duplass (playing the time traveler) was really great. Aside from a weird side plot from Jake Johnson’s character, the plot is clever, funny, and emotional. This movie, along with Moonrise Kingdom, is a great example of the clever, interesting, independent movies that are being made, as an alternative to the remakes and sequels. Anna rated it a 4 out of 5. Sadly I could not watch this film for the podcast as it is not currently playing in the Des Moines area.
  • Rock of Ages (trailer): I expected to love Rock of Ages in the way that I loved Adam Shankman’s Hairspray… but I didn’t. Honestly I didn’t care a bit about the young love story at the center of the film. Julianne Hough’s voice did not carry the rock ballads and honestly the oh so cliched twist in the relationship between her character Sherrie and Drew played by Diego Boneta could be seen coming a mile away and honestly I was eager for their scenes to end each time they were on the screen. This film was only saved from getting a 0 rating by three people: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand. They each had some great musical scenes and each of them had an interesting character arc. They were the only characters that I was honestly interested in seeing where their paths would lead. I rate this film a 2 out of 5 mostly for the aforementioned three performances and also because I do enjoy big choreographed dance scenes, of which there were many.
    • On a final note I can’t even believe I forgot to talk about the amazing Mary J. Blige! She was SPOT ON. I could listen to her sing any day of the week.
  • Prometheus (trailer): Like me, Anna had a hard time putting into words exactly how to review this movie, of course I couldn’t think of how to review it because I didn’t see it… If you don’t like movies about (angry) aliens, skip this movie. As someone who doesn’t like alien type movies, Anna wasn’t sure why she even went to see the movie. Because of this, she wasn’t sure she could give it a fair, un-biased review. She did think that although it was visually stunning, it seems like Ridley Scott sacrificed plot for the effects and look of the movie, as it was full of plot holes. However, said plot holes did not become apparent to her until the next day, so that does say something about how engrossing (emphasis on “gross) the movie was. Because Ridley Scott does not make “2” movies, Anna rated this one a 3.

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Episode 4: The One where Kari and Anna have a difference of opinion.

Last weekend was the first weekend where we were both able to see the same movies, this doesn’t happen often. While we both agreed that John Carter was entertaining and worth seeing, we had some very different opinions on Friends with Kids.

News & Gossip:

  • The Hunger Games compared to Twilight? Don’t make us laugh (article)
  • Tom Cruise to (maybe) play Ethan Hunt one more time (article)
  • Movieline’s SOILIES Awards (link)

In theaters now:

  • John Carter: We both liked this movie without any prior knowledge of the source work. John Carter won’t be up for any major awards but it was an entertaining movie and Taylor Kitsch holds his own as the leading man. We both rate it 2 out of 5, although on further reflection I feel that we might need to give it another half point in honor of Taylor Kitsch’s muscles. (trailer)
  • Friends with Kids: This marks the first movie during this series that Kari and Anna really, really disagreed on. Kari thoroughly enjoyed this look at what happens when your friends all start getting married and having kids. The performances touched on a lot of different emotions and really let Adam Scott shine as a man trying to find the one who realizes that she’s been right in front of him the entire time. It’s not your typical romantic comedy although you can see how it’s going to end practically before it starts. Kari rated it a 3 out of 5.  Anna, on the other hand, quite disliked this film. She was not impressed by the dialogue, the cast, or the story. She also disliked Jennifer Westfeldt’s performance as the leading lady. Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph as the friends of the main characters were unnecessary to the plot and added nothing to the story. They were also not funny. If you are looking for another Bridesmaids type comedy, this movie is NOT for you. Anna rated it a 1 out of 5. (trailer)

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