A few more reviews, five sentences each. GO TIME.
Great opening sequence, if a tad manipulative. That little kid is so fucking annoying. And the characters aren't as well-drawn as in previous Pixar movies (cry me a river, Russell; bitching ain't an arc). Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer (especially) do fantastic voice work, though. Lord, that first moment with the balloons is amazing.
LAND OF THE LOST
Not terrible. Some jokes fall flat, and this is mostly due to the filmmakers' desire to "appeal" to a more "adult" crowd with crass humor. But when it plays it straight, God is it fun. Out of the leads, Danny McBride is the most charismatic (which is whoa). Michael Giacchino's score is tops.
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123
FREEKING AWESOME! Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini, John Travolta, John Turturro, etc., are all amazing! Edge of your seat excitement 100 percent! I got jumpy and nervous and sweaty, it was so immersive! Def buy it on DVD!
RUDO Y CURDSI
Nice little drama about soccer effecting the lives of the titular brothers. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna are as engaging as always, but it is Guillermo Francella, as their manager, who really steals the show. Great use of Cheap Trick. Carlos Cuaron proves that talent runs in the family. And those costumes!
It's interesting when a movie pulls punches and still tries too hard, but that's what this movie does. Alan Arkin is in full Little Miss Sunshine mode, while Emily Blunt tries her darndest with a sketchily-written character. Hollmann Award Winner Amy Adams is totally NOT Amy Adams, and also does her best with a role that doesn't give much. But she rocks it anyhow. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this ultimately dull attempt at dramedy.
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