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You Don't Mess with the Zohan Review

Movie ReviewYou Don't Mess with the Zohan: 4 out of 10.

I'm getting tired of mediocre comedies. This Adam Sandler flick might be the mediocre-est of them all.

I want my 113 minutes back.

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Hancock Review

Movie ReviewHancock: 5.5 out of 10.

For the second flick in a row, I was reminded of Arrested Development. Last time I saw George Michael Bluth and this time I saw Michael Bluth and Rita, together again. And once more, she wasn't who he thought she was...

This is typical summer blockbuster fare. The kids enjoyed it, it didn't suck and I got to look at Charlize Theron. Next on my hit list is a Coen brothers film I somehow missed last fall.

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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Reviewed

Movie ReviewNick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: 6 out of 10.

I love this Michael Cera kid. "The Berenstain Bears", "Arrested Development", "Superbad", "Juno" and the guy's from Brampton. His presence alone gets this flick an extra point or two.

The soundtrack is better than the movie, although the movie doesn't suck. I guess I thought it would be better. Then again, I doubt this movie was made for 35-year old dudes like me.

But Michael Cera... I cannot wait until Arrested Development: The Movie.

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Pineapple Express

Movie ReviewPineapple Express: 6 out of 10.

Maybe I've had a little too much Seth Rogen lately. Although parts of this movie are kind of funny, as a whole it's really best watched while stoned.

I, unfortunately, was stone sober when I watched this last night. That made chunks of this thing pretty boring. Still, the filmmakers should be proud. This is the first marijuana-themed comedy to gross over $100 million worldwide.

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Gran Torino

Movie ReviewGran Torino: 8 out of 10.

They say most artists hit their creative peak in their 20s and 30s. Clint Eastwood would disagree. This man didn't hit his creative stride until sixty and he's still directing excellent films at the age of 79.

Think about it. Since Clint turned 70 he's directed Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling and Gran Torino. Francis Ford Coppola is 9 years younger and he hasn't done anything decent since 1992.

Gran Torino reminded me a little of Pixar's Up and Falling Down, not as good as the first but better than the latter. It's a solid film you oughta see... or Walt Kowalski will kick your ass!

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Movie ReviewZack and Miri Make a Porno: 4 out of 10.

I'm a Kevin Smith fan. I've pretty much dug everything he's done this side of Jersey Girl. Zack and Miri Make a Porno, however, misses the mark completely.

There are surprisingly few good laughs in this film. There are a few forced chuckles, and it's pretty funny that Elizabeth Banks might actually find Seth Rogen sexually attractive, but this is a pretty unfunny comedy.

It's not funny, and it's not sexy. It's actually pretty damn boring. It started okay, but then morphed into the "I don't care what happens - this is dumb - where the hell are the Kevin Smith laughs - I should watch Clerks again" realm.

Save yourself 101 minutes, unless it's too late. Did anyone actually like this movie?

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Nurse Jackie

TVI'm always on the lookout for a good television series. They're few and far between, and TV in the post-Wire world seems worse than TV in the pre-Wire world.

I've watched the first six episodes of Nurse Jackie and I'm enjoying it. It's nice and dark, just the way I like it. Initially I had trouble getting used to Carmela Soprano as a New York City nurse, but Edie Falco is such a good actress, she wins you over.

I mentioned it's dark. It's not overly dark, but it's got a healthy tinge of cynicism and Nurse Jakie is a nicely flawed heroine.

I'm watching this Showtime series on TMN. If you've got TMN, you can catch up pretty quick.

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The Dark Knight

Movie ReviewThe Dark Knight: 9 out of 10.

I'm only a year late on this one. It could be worse. I still haven't seen Doctor Zhivago, and that came out before the Leafs last won the cup.

Allow me to report stuff you've probably read a thousand times before. Heath Ledger is fantastic as The Joker. He's damn good, and you're mesmerized whenever he speaks. Even if he had lived, I'd have rooted for him to win the Oscar, that's how good he was.

The movie itself is probably the best comic book movie ever made. It's dark and thought provoking, telling an interesting story with great acting and special effects. It's just cool to look at, and there's an actual story there that blows away most comic book flicks.

I liked The Dark Knight. I liked it very much.

What's next?

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Role Models

Movie ReviewRole Models: 5 out of 10.

Were you surprised with Paul Rudd started singing "Beth" near the end of this flick? I wasn't. I mean, why else would she be named Beth?

This one got a 5 because I happen to like Paul Rudd for some reason.

Why, McLovin? Why?

Next up, The Dark Knight.

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Tropic Thunder

Movie ReviewTropic Thunder: 7 out of 10.

I recommend seeing this movie if any of the following appeals to you:

  • Ben Stiller going "full retard" as Simple Jack
  • Robert Downey Jr. playing a black guy in black face
  • Tom Cruise stealing scenes out of the blue as a vulgar movie mogul
  • Ben Stiller desecrating the dismembered head of Steve Coogan

I recommend skipping this movie if any of the following offends you:

  • Ben Stiller going "full retard" as Simple Jack
  • Robert Downey Jr. playing a black guy in black face
  • Tom Cruise stealing scenes out of the blue as a vulgar movie mogul
  • Ben Stiller desecrating the dismembered head of Steve Coogan

Good stuff. Next up, The Dark Knight.

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