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Bank Job, College Road Trip, Penelope, Step Up 2 The Streets, Meet Bill

Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at 10:23 AM

The Bank Job

This is your standard heist movie that is based on a true story. Interestingly enough, it's not that entertaining. It is a neat story and the acting is decent, but the general setup and robbery is so streamlined that it feels you are watching a rerun of another bank robbing flick. Overall, I'm glad I watched it and recommend it for fans of bank robbing flicks, although others may want to stay away.

College Road Trip

Been busy this week and didn't get a chance to watch this. Looks like a decent family movie. Description follows: Choosing which college to attend can be the most exciting and thrilling time of a young woman's

life...unless your overprotective father isn't quite ready to let you go. In the Disney family comedy, COLLEGE ROAD TRIP, Melanie (RAVEN-SYMONE) is eagerly looking forward to her first big step towards independence when she plans a "girls only" road trip to check out prospective universities. But when her overbearing police chief father (MARTIN LAWRENCE) insists on escorting her instead, she soon finds her dream trip has turned into a hilarious nightmare adventure full of comical misfortune and turmoil.

Penelope

This flick was great. I rented it because the actor James McAvoy was in it and I have come to enjoy his movies. Either way, the flick turned out to be quite a delightful family oriented film with a message. The movie starts out telling about a curse on a family that says the first born girl will be born with the face of a pig and the curse can only be broken by the love of one of their own. The girl's name is Penelope and she is kept like a prisoner in her own house. Penelope's mother brings in men from all over to talk with and see her in hopes that one will love and marry her. It just so happens that they all keep running, so Penelope runs away into the real world one night and soon is exposed.

As I said, this film was a wonderful little surprise with some great humor, solid acting, and a nice little message. I highly recommend this flick for families of all sizes and would be my pick of the week if only Step Up 2 wasn't released this week.

Step Up 2 The Streets

I have to admit, I highly enjoyed the first Step Up and was eagerly awaiting the chance to watch this new entry into the series. There is absolutely no originality in this new film as it basically takes the main ideas from the first and instead of using a guy for the 'bad' guy lead role, they switch it to a girl. So, don't expect anything new out of this film except some new dance moves. That's what really shines about these flicks. Overall, the story is decent but completely to the formula and extremely predictable. Nevertheless, it manages to make you excited for the next big dance routine and the movie pays out in the end with a great number in the rain. This movie is a guilty pleasure in the best possible ways. I enjoyed it and it's my shameless pick of the week.

Meet Bill

Another flick I really wanted to watch, but just didn't get enough time to do it. Description as follows: MEET BILL (Aaron Eckhart) - a doormat if ever there was one. A man reduced to a mere accessory to his family by working a dead end job at his father-in law's bank and arguing about his overindulgent love for chocolate with his wife Jess (Elizabeth Banks) who is loathe to explain her "friendship" with the local news anchorman (Timothy Olyphant).

But Bill's fate begins to change when he becomes mentor to a self-assured boy (Logan Lerman) who engineers Bill's recovery with the help of a cute lingerie sales girl named Lucy (Jessica Alba).

Together, the trio confronts Bill's hapless life with humor and energy while forcing him to capture his dream of being financially independent and self-confident. MEET BILL is a film about what it means to let go of your inhibitions and find the path you're destined for.

That's it for this week. Next week, 21!



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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.