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Adventureland, Sunshine Cleaning, Duplicity, and FightingPosted Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 10:25 AM
Lots of new releases this week.
I was most excited for this flick as it was advertised as a comedy from the director of 'Superbad' and most previews made it seem like another teen flick that would be similiar to Superbad. This made me want to see the movie as Superbad was an excellent comedy. However, Adventureland is EXTREMELY lame compared to Superbad and rather boring. There are some good comedy bits scattered throughout but the general tone of the flick is just following the line which tends to get a bit boring pretty quick. Adventureland is all about a guy who takes a job at the amusement park Adventureland and then meets a girl or two and manages to fall in love. It's slow and plodding and eventually gets through a full story arc, but manages to lose most of the comedy in doing so. Don't go in expecting Superbad comedy and you might come out with a decent drama.
Another title I was extremely excited for because it was advertised as from the people who brought you Little Miss Sunshine. That was a quirky independant flick that was very very good, so I immediately gave this a one way pass to amazing especially since it had Sunshine in the title as well! I was wrong. This one manages to not entertain. It is all about a lady and her sister who start a business to clean up crime scenes. Interesting idea - sort of lackluster presentation - overall negative review - not worth renting this one.
Academy AwardŽ winner Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as two sexy spies-turned-corporate operatives who attempt to pull off one of the biggest heists ever. As the stakes rise in the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse, they'll put everything on the line to remain one double-cross ahead of the rest. I didn't watch this one. Looks good though.
I can't say that I ever even wanted to pick up the box. Seems like a 2 hour excuse for Channing Tatum to take his shirt off - girls should like this flick even if it's called Fighting and guys will probably get bored with the stuff between the fights, but want to give it a try. Description reads - Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) knows firsthand that every day in New York City is a struggle to survive. So when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) gives him a chance to be something more in the brutal underground world of bare-knuckle street-fighting, Shawn decides that he has something worth fighting for and puts everything on the line to win. Every knockout brings him closer to the life he's always wanted, but also traps him in a dangerous web he can't escape.
That's it for this week. I think next week will be a very uneventful week in movies with the only release I know of being State of Play.
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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.
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