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Nick & Norah, Zack & Miri, and Madagascar 2

Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 11:32 AM

Another week, another batch of new releases.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

This is a quirky adventure comedy that has just enough off kilter charm to make it interesting, but not enough story to keep you interested. Thus, I was quite bored with this film. There is plenty of likable characters and scenarios, but overall, the flick tends to play out like you've seen it before. The movie strides to follow the path of Juno, but lacks any real emotional content and dives into lackluster territory. The plot basically follows two people who manage to meet and fall in love over the course of a bunch of zany events that are strung together by a ton of indie rock music. The two people are Nick and Norah and they don't seem to have a lot in common, but actually do. I've been looking forward to this film, but was not impressed. This is worth watching, but not great.

Zack & Miri Make a Porno

So I never thought I'd actually use the word Porno in these reviews, but thanks to this comedy, I was able to. Unfortunately there is an issue with the movie company behind this movie and that they don't rent their flicks at Movie Gallery because of an exclusive rental agreement with Blockbuster. Never fear though - Movie Gallery has got you covered and they'll actually have this flick available on Tuesday when it's released so you can still go rent it at the local Gallery, but I was unable to get a copy to preview for today, so I have no actual review for it yet. The description is as follows - Zack and Miri are two lifelong friends who are deep in debt and enlist the help of their friends to make a porno movie for some quick cash. But as everybody starts "doing" everybody, Zack and Miri realize that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

Sounds good and it's directed by Kevin Smith who made some pretty original comedies/dramas in the form of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and Chasing Amy. I'll be renting it today or tomorrow, you should too.

The Secret Life of Bees

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, based on the New York Times best selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964, is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Fanning) a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Okonedo and Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna. I didn't see this one either, but lots of people I've talked to enjoyed it so if it sounds like your type of movie, it probably is.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

It's interesting how this week has a lot of 'special' rental circumstances such as Madagascar. This flick does not release until Friday, instead of new release Tuesday and as such, Movie Gallery did not yet have a copy as of this morning, so I am stuck with not being able to write a review for this one as well. It did good at the box office so it's probably a worthy rental - description follows. In the highly-anticipated sequel to Madagascar, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane--sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all--the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place...but is it better than their Central Park home?

That's it for this week. I'll have more next Tuesday!

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Zack and Miri is a fantastic movie. They really push the envelope a lot, but if you're a fan of Craig Robinson(Darryl Philbin on the office) you'll definitely want to check him out in this movie. As well as Seth Rogen(Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Superbad) It's over all really good, but it's a movie that you want to approach with an open mind, as I recommend with all Kevin Smith films. Something to watch when the kids aren't home or when you're with your friends.

-- Posted by thimself on Sat, Mar 14, 2009, at 10:40 AM

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