Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan based on the comic book superhero
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Jim Carrey is the title character who gets a load of penguins shipped to him by accident … he hates them … and then … he loves them.
1. BATTLE: LOS ANGELES:
We have seen many alien-invasion movies over the years, and this one offers little new except for some great special effects that make us feel we are watching the actual invasion on CNN. Aaron Eckhart is the star here along with Michelle Rodriguez. He’s a veteran Marine Sgt. called back to action when “meteors” crashing into the ocean off of Santa Monica turn out to be War of the Worlds-type invaders. A lot of stuff blows up – this is a pretty good film! Rated 14A.
2. HALL PASS:
Oh no! Owen Wilson once again as the same kind of man-child we have seen in so many other movies. Wilson and Jason Sudeikis (SKL) play two husbands whose wives Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate), after listening to a marital psychologist, are given a “hall pass,” a week off of their marriage vows so they can do anything they want with anyone they want. Are they chick magnets? Hardly! And the fun seems to come to a halt when they find that the wives are up to just a little hanky-panky as well … and that this whole single thing is overrated. Not a particularly good movie, with stilted performances and predictable situations.. Rated 14A.
3. RED RIDING HOOD:
And interesting spin on the old fairytale with a sinister turn. Amanda Seyfried is the title character, and the wolves in the forest aren’t the regular type … they are werewolves, and they are not nice. Someone in the little village is a shape-shifter, and the story revolves around just who that might be. Gary Oldman is the villain, his stock-in-trade, and the special effects in the Dracula-style Carpathian Mountain setting. All the right characters show up including the priest who is called in to eradicate the beast. Rated PG.
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4. RICK’S PICK: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES:
Interesting piece of trivia … this wasn’t filmed in Los Angeles at all, but rather in Virginia.
Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller. Will you see the ending coming? Probably!
Steven Spielberg produced, JJ Abrams wrote and directed this story of young teens in the summer of 1979 who are making a movie with their father’s super 8 camera and stumble across something very sinister. A terrific film!
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
If you’re an 11 year-old girl, this adventure is just fine … otherwise, see ya!