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  • Blended:  

    Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together again in a terrific date movie with some entertaining situations.  Sandler is Jim, a single dad, who is set up on a blind date with Lauren (Barrymore), a single mom.  The date is a disaster and the two decide it would be best if they never, ever saw one another again.  A sitcom-like series of circumstances finds each of them on an African safari with their respective kids, none of whom get along.  Of course, in the world of romantic comedy, the more people dislike one another in the beginning, the more likely they are to end up together in the end.  Nice movie with good performances and lots of laughs.  Some relatively gross situations (it IS Adam Sandler after all) and some inappropriate language too, but overall, good fun. Rated 14A.

  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return:   

    Yet another iteration of Dorothy and Oz, this one animated (badly) and written badly.  Dorothy is just back from Oz, home in Kansas, and decides she must go back.  Nothing in the story hangs together, which won’t matter much to the little kids at which this is aimed, but it’s a big, big problem for parents who are shanghaied into having to watch this with their kids.  Works for ages five- 10, maybe, but beyond that, not a very good film.  At all.  Dorothy is voiced by Glee’s Lea Michelle, Kelsey Grammer is the Tin Man, Jim Belushi the Lion, and Dan Aykroyd the Scarecrow. Rated PG.   

  • The Love Punch:   

    Not a well-written movie – predictable from the start, but with Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thomson in the cast as a divorced-but-amicable-couple stripped of their retirement savings by a nefarious former employer, it is more than watchable.  A little bit Pink Panther, a touch of James Bond as Richard and Kate (Brosnan & Thomson) embark on a caper to get their money back by doing a jewel heist of a sort.  Not a very good movie, but the two stars are so charming I could not resist.  Rated 14A.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013):

    The second in the series based on the best-selling YA novels, this one became the top-grossing movie of 2013.  Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen, this time going on the Victory Tour with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) with strict instructions from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to keep things quiet with the crowds rather than stir up any rebellious thoughts.  That doesn’t work out well, and Snow decides to have Katniss and Peeta compete in yet another Hunger Games.  Great action, superb performances. Rated 14A.

     

    Hamlet & Hutch (2014):

    Burt Reynolds, now relegated to this direct-to-DVD production, is still somewhat charming as a retired Broadway star who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s and moves to the American South with his granddaughter (Elizabeth Leiner, host of the Drop Dead Diva TV series) and her 10 year-old.  What can be done to help and old man, struggling to remember his life?  I know ...  let’s put on a show!  And they do, by launching a local production of Hamlet.  Reynolds, at age 78, turns in a very credible performance.  Rated PG.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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