November 24, 2014
10:03 am
by Lauren McCombs posted Nov 24 2014 9:18AM
Dumb and Dumber To (2 Stars) - 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

Force Majeure (3 Stars) - A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.


DVD Pick Of The Week

Fedora (3 Stars) -
Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress out of retirement.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/11/19/?article=2382654
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/11/19/?article=2382665



 
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by Lauren McCombs posted Nov 14 2014 9:08AM
Interstellar (3 Stars) - A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.

Big Hero 6 (3 Stars) - The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Laggies (3 Stars) - In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.


DVD Pick Of The Week

Attack (3 1/2 Stars) - During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area.



Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/11/12/?article=2377369
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/11/12/?article=2377391
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by Lauren McCombs posted Nov 11 2014 7:09AM
Nightcrawler (3 Stars) - When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Before I Go To Sleep (2 1/2 Stars) - A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.


DVD Pick Of The Week

The Moneychangers (3 Stars) -
This is the story of the happenings at a major bank. The first of which is that the bank's president announces that he is dying and that with no heir to take his place, he informs the bank's officers that he is letting them choose a successor.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly/2014/11/05/?article=2372450&output=html
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly/2014/11/05/?article=2372401&output=html
 
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by Lauren McCombs posted Nov 4 2014 10:22AM
St. Vincent (3 Stars) - A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Listen Up Philip (2 Stars) - Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

Revenge Of The Green Dragons (2 Stars) - Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Last Days Of Vietnam (3 Stars) - During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.


DVD Pick Of The Week

The Legend Of Lizzie Borden (3 Stars) -
A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/29/?article=2367185
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/29/?article=2367195
by Biggie posted Nov 4 2014 9:41AM
St. Vincent (3 Stars) - A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Listen Up, Philip (2 Stars) - Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel.

Revenge Of The Green Dragons (2 Stars) - Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Last Days In Vietnam (2 Stars) - During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.


DVD Pick Of The Week

The Legend Of Lizzie Borden (3 Stars) -
A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.



Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/29/?article=2367185
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/29/?article=2367195

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by Lauren McCombs posted Oct 28 2014 8:50AM
Fury (3 Stars) - April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Evolution Of A Criminal (3 Stars) - Tens years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends...and victims.



DVD Pick Of The Week

The Manipulator (3 Stars) -
An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/22/?article=2361651
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/22/?article=2361660
 
by Lauren McCombs posted Oct 21 2014 7:15AM
Best Of Me (1 1/1 Stars) - A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

The Judge (2 Stars)  - Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

The Two Faces Of January (2 Stars) - A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.


DVD Pick Of The Week

The Innocents (4 Stars) -
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/15/?article=2356005
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/15/?article=2356023
 
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by Lauren McCombs posted Oct 10 2014 12:00PM
Annabelle (2 Stars) - A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Starred Up (2 Stars) - A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.

Dracula Untold (1 1/2 Stars) - Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.


DVD Pick Of The Week

Without Warning (2 1/2 Stars) -
An alien creature stalks human prey.


Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews -
http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/08/?article=2349936
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/08/?article=2349947
 
by Lauren McCombs posted Oct 3 2014 9:11AM
Gone Girl (3 1/2 Stars) - With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Frank (3 1/2 Stars) - Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.


DVD Pick Of The Week

Macbeth (3 1/2 Stars) -
A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.



Links To Reviews

Movie Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/01/?article=2345443
DVD Reviews - http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly#2014/10/01/?article=2345443&page=35
 
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by Biggie Josh Ellinger posted Jun 10 2013 12:00AM
In Theaters

The Internship

Forty-something Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are watch salesmen, a dying breed. After the guys learn that their company has folded Nick takes a job at a mattress store managed by his sister’s pervy boyfriend (Will Ferrell, in the film’s best cameo) but Billy gets the genius idea to google Google and finds out about their summer internship program. Seduced by nap pods and free food at the cafeteria, the boys discombobulate the interviewers just enough to land spots in the program.

The men find themselves on a Bad News Bears-type team of misfits that has to compete against other teams for coveted full-time spots within the company. Naturally, the adults give the young ‘uns an alcohol-soaked lesson in how to loosen up, and the guys get a little smarter by being around the kids.

The script very cleverly utilizes layers of pop-culture references: older folks will giggle at Flashdance and Back to the Future references, younger viewers will enjoy playing spot-the-Android, and quick shots of Google co-founder Sergey Brin cruising the campus.

And refreshingly, the film is very funny without being mean-spirited. There are just the right amount of PG moments to keep things edgy without being cynical. Billy and Nick are like a wise-cracking Bert and Ernie, even sharing a bed in one scene, but there’s no need to exploit the situation for cheap laughs. Ditto Billy’s attentiveness to a young hottie teammate: it’s fatherly, not creepy. The audience is permitted to laugh without feeling like they have to shower afterward.


DVDs

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Opens with the Grimm’s fairy tale we all know, except that Hansel (Jeremy Renner) becomes a diabetic because he’s forced to eat all that candy. The orphans grow up to become mercenary witch-hunters with modern weaponry and slang. So when all the children in a village go missing right before an eclipse, the town calls Hansel and Gretel (former Bond girl Gemma Arterton) to take care of it, which puts them up against a beautiful leather-clad witch played by Famke Janssen. But while there’s a lot of bone-crushing, head-splitting going on, there’s just not enough witty lines or brother-sister camaraderie to make the film work. In the end there’s lots of fairy-tale gore but no magic.

Snitch
Fan favorite Dwayne Johnson stars in this based-on-true events story about an 18-year-old (Rafi Gavron) who is thrown in jail just because he signs for a courier package. The package is drugs from his shady friend, and now Jason is facing 10 years minimum unless he frames someone else and reduces his sentence. Johnson stars as Jason’s dad, a construction business owner who agrees to go after a drug kingpin if the federal prosecutor (played by Susan Sarandon) will get his son out. Johnson is not going to win any academy awards but this is a fairly entertaining and informative film about minimum-sentencing injustices.

Oz the Great and Powerful
Oscar (James Franco) is a circus magician and charlatan who gets caught in a twister and finds himself plunked in the magical world of Oz, hailed as a savior by the people. The sidekicks this time around are a talking, flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff and a china doll girl, who is stronger than she looks. It’s Oscar’s job to decide which of the three witches is the evil one, save the good people of Oz from destruction, while finding the goodness within himself. Some of the CG work is underwhelming while others (the china girl) are fantastic. Some good performances here by Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz; James Franco, however, lacks the heft to play Oz convincingly, and in the end it’s not quite as enchanting as it should be. Great features including how a marionette was used for all the china girl work, one on the soundtrack, one on Franco’s experience, and much more.

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