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HIT & RUN

HIT & RUN – FUNNIER THAN EXPECTED

HOME RUN, Pick up a full price ticket

Watching trailers sometimes, you just never know exactly what your going to get. Here we thought we were in for an action/romance oriented film with a little comedy and to our surprise we got a comedy with some romance and action thrown in.

Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard) is a ex getaway driver in the witness protection program. While in hiding, Charlie meets the love of his life Annie played by Kristen Bell. Comfortable living the simple life, Annie gets offered her dream job in California. Unfortunately, California is exactly where Charlie had his troubles. His love for Annie forces him to put his fears behind him and risk meeting his ex friends who want to kill him and get the money he owes them.

We figured with Tom Arnold playing a prominent role in the film, that there would be some funny moments, but we found ourselves laughing pretty much the whole movie. Were not talking slap stick jokes either. We are talking natural comedy which seemed to flow with the storyline.

The chase scenes and the romantic banter between the lead characters was entertaining, but the comedy definitely stole the show. This isn’t a film we would say run out and see on the release day, but its worthy of grabbing your significant other and going out for a good dinner and a movie on your next date night.

This is a home run, so you won’t regret spending your money here.

17 Aug

Drama

Sparkle

SPARKLE-GIVING US SOMETHING WE CAN FEEL

Give up your money for a full price ticket!

The much anticipated remake of the 1976 movie is finally here. This project has been in the making for over a decade, and it was well worth the wait.

Staying true to the original version, the movie centers on a young woman Sparkle who is destined to make it in the music industry. Sparkle played by Jordin Sparks, and joined by her sisters: Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Delores (Tika Sumpter), the trio become a music group with sights on taking the Detroit scene by storm and becoming the next big singing sensation. Fueled by individual ambitions and the desire to loosen the chains from their overprotective Mother (Whitney Houston), the ladies make decisions that threaten to thwart their family bond and change their lives forever. Rounding out the cast is Derek Luke in his first role as a leading male; Omari Hardwick; and a very memorable performance by Mike Epps. The chemistry between the cast was very believable. As you might imagine the music was on point. Jordin Sparks as Sparkle solidifies why she was voted as an American Idol.

Director Salim Akil, and writers Mara Brock Akil and Howard Rosenman tell this story from a fresh perspective. The 2012 version is not as gritty as the original version. Some of the dark clouds that hovered over the original movie, that have been imprinted into our minds for the last 35 years are retold with a softer feel. We believe the changes to the storyline will be well received.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Whitney Houston. It was good to see her back in action. We couldn’t help but feel the sadness of what might have been. As we watched the movie we could not help to think if art imitated life. The Whitney we see in the movie is radiant, and definitely has her own sparkle. There is one particular part of the movie that will move you to tears.

Movie goers that remember the movie from back in the day will not be disappointed! We don’t want to tell you too much, we want you to be just as surprised and moved as we were. You are in for a real treat!

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy-A New Beginning!

Worth a Full Price Ticket

If you are a Bourne Legacy fan you were probably wondering how this fourth installment of the series would work without Matt Damon starring as Jason Bourne, or director Paul Greengrass at the helm: both opted not to return to the spy series. While most movies would have replaced Damon with another actor like we’ve seen with the James Bond series, this movie introduces us to a new character Aaron Cross.

Cross, played by Jeremy Renner and cast starring Rachel Weisz (Dr. Marta Shearing), Edward Norton (Ret. Col. Eric Byer), Stacy Keach (Ret. Adm. Mark Turso), Joan Allen (Pam Landy), Albert Finney (Dr. Albert Hirsch), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen) and Scott Glenn (Ezra Kramer) offer us a fresh start to a new Bourne franchise.

Playing double duty as director and co-writer with his brother Dan, Tony Gilroy set out to do the impossible-write and direct a movie without its main ingredient Matt Damon. The previous Bourne movies have collectively grossed over 1 billion, so the stakes are pretty high for this one to be successful.  Did he achieve his goal-yes he did. But not without some bumps along the way.

The movie starts out very SLOW. We are introduced to Aaron Cross in the beginning of the movie, but you don’t know who the heck he is or what the heck he’s doing. They show pictures of Jason Bourne and go back in time but its kind of hard for you to make the connection.  You don’t know if he’s an older Bourne or someone else. Perhaps this was done on purpose to get you  so confused that you are ready for the plot to make sense. About 30 minutes in you begin to see the plot emerge.

The Department of Defense is running a top-secret project that involves military heroes. The project abruptly ends and the DOD has to figure out a way to decommission the program participants. Aaron Cross, a project participant, is determined to exit to project on his own terms. The remainder of the movie is fast paced and more than makes up for the slow start!

After surviving the first half hour, the Gilroy brothers do an good job of giving you enough flare of the previous movies while at the same time creating a parallel storyline that can hold it’s own. The stunts are awesome and the acting is pretty decent.  As the action picks up you really begin to feel this flick come into its own; it definitely has its own identity and is a good setup for future story lines. They’ve left us with an open door to take this new storyline into a multitude of directions. Faithful fans will not feel short changed and moviegoers new to Bourne won’t feel lost.

We’re predicting this will be a box office hit opening weekend. You will not be disappointed!

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Snow White and the Huntsman-This is Definitely Not a Fairy Tale!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of us all? Snow White and the Huntsman is dark and wicked but we think it’s well worth a full price ticket!

Hoping that most of us have probably long forgotten the details of the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; writers Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini and director by Rupert Sanders deliver a stunning rendition of the storybook classic.

We have to admit we were a little skeptical after seeing the trailers for the movie. We couldn’t wrap our minds around how this movie would be able to convey a dark version of the story. In recent years there have been many remakes of classic kids stories, some were good and some were bad. This movie was able to accomplish three things other remakes have failed to do: first, capture the critical elements of the original story, second, layer in new twists that take you in a completely different direction, and third, maintain believability within the storyline without being too deliberate.  Snow White and the Huntsman holds its own, so much so you’ll want to go back and read the story to see how different this movie really is.

Staring Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman) and Charlize Theron (Ravenna); the movie starts with a young Snow White and her family. We are then taken through a journey of love, redemption, deceit, bedlam, and wickedness. Vanity rears her ugly head (not the 80’s singer) as Ravenna and will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if that means the unthinkable. We then see Snow White in a way we have never imagined her before! Stewart is convincing as Snow White, and Theron delivers a captivating performance as Ravenna.

Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. This movie is jam packed with action and the cinematography is superb. The movie does an excellent job of merging the light and feathery feel of a fairy tale with the melancholy gloom of a thriller. We don’t want to give away too much, this one you have to see. You won’t be disappointed.

Warning: Do not bring little ones to this movie unless you want many sleepless nights and family therapy in your future. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!