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  • MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

    They are all here in one big movie:  Thor, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America.  Also stars Scarlett Johannson and Gwyneth Paltrow, along with Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth.

 
  • 1. NEW YEAR’S EVE:

    It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City, and the lives of several unrelated people are examined as the Big Ball gets set to drop in Times Square.  It’s easier to tell you who is not in this movie than who is.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – not.  Everyone else – yes.  It’s a romantic comedy with feel good elements as lives intertwine and problems get solved.  Robert DeNiro, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfieffer,  Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Alyssa Milano, Katherine Heigl, Sophia Vergara, Josh Duhamel, Penny Marshall, Ryan Seacrest, and even Canadian Russell Peters, are just some of the names in the huge cast.  Although New Year’s Eve is months in the past, this is a nice date movie with some nice, very watchable actors.  Rated  PG.

  • 2. HAYWIRE:

    Not often does an action-adventure thriller actually feature a star who is an action-adventure person in real life, but Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts champion, does all her own stunt work here, and it’s considerable.  That’s the biggest thing wrong with this film.  A former Black Ops soldier, she is double-crossed and sets out to avenge what happened to her by tracking down each wrong-doer.  There is plenty of good action, and Carano does all her stuntwork without wires, without special effects and without a green screen into which effects are added later.  Unfortunately for her, even though it’s real, it comes off as looking phoney because we are so used to the fake stuff, which we take for real.  And she isn’t much of an actor either.  Too bad!  Rated 14A.   

  • 3. JOYFUL NOISE:

    There is no better battleground than church, and there are no better combatants than choir leaders.  This comedy, with a dramatic twist that we have seen many times before (Sister Act, The Blues Brothers) is the standard, “we have to get to the State finals with our choir so we can win the Nationals and save the church) theme.  But that doesn’t make it any less fun as the old choir director (Dolly Parton) spars with the new one (Queen Latifah.) Add some great gospel music and we have a very serviceable film. Rated PG.

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  • 4. NEW YEAR’S EVE

    Even more interesting given the loss of Dick Clark recently.  This would have been a fitting memorial … if he had had one!  Directed by Garry Marshall.

TAKERS: 

Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!

  • THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT

    R-rated comedy, fine for those who like Judd Apatow’s style, not so good if you don’t

  • THE RAVEN

    Interesting period piece – haven’t seen John Cusak for too long a time

  • SAFE

    Jason Statham is excellent as usual, this time as a broken down mixed martial arts fighter

  • THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS

    Great 3D and animation in this Wallace & Gromit-style family film.

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