Fri, Sep 21 2012 11:47 AM Posted By: Jeri Jacquin
THE POSSESSION (PG-13): I have no idea why this is considered scary. The high point of the film is young actress Natasha Calis. She is the scariest little girl, but more so in what she says than what she does. But it’s still not scary. Tubs of popcorn: three out of five.
LAWLESS (R): This is one of the most amazing films this year. Get thee to a theater and experience this story brought to the screen based on a book by Matt Bondurant called “The Wettest County in the World.” The cast, including Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf and Guy Pearce is stellar and well done. Tubs of popcorn: four-and-a-half out of five.
THE WORDS (PG-13): A film that is a triangle of emotions. Bradley Cooper plays a writer who takes what isn’t his and is confronted by an old man played by Jeremy Irons. There is substance to the film but there is something powerful missing. Having said that, it’s still a good watch. Also stars Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid. Tubs of popcorn: three out of five.
THE EXPENDABLES 2 (R): What do you get when you put Stallone, Stratham, Crews, Couture, Norris, Van Damme, Schwarzenegger and Willis in a film together? You get a bunch of action heroes together having what looks like the time of their lives playing with guns, blowing things up and cracking jokes at one another. Nothing wrong with that! Tubs of popcorn: three-and-a-half out of five.
THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG-13): The next installment, or is this the new telling of Jason Bourne, only this time without Jason Bourne and instead with Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner)? This film was filled with action, suspense and action but sadly lacked any cohesion. Why is it still called Bourne if Bourne isn’t there?! Well, there was enough to make it No. 1 at the box office! Tubs of popcorn: three out of five.
PARANORMAN (PG): An animated film about Norman who can see and talk to dead people. When the town witch gets out and wreaks havoc, it’s up to Norman to make things right. It’s a pretty cool film but might be a tad scary for the little ones. Keep it at 10 years or older and you can’t go wrong. Tubs of popcorn: three and a half out of five.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (PG): Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are parents to Timothy, a little boy they wished for. After a night of dreaming about the perfect kid, a weird storm and a garden bring Timothy to life. It’s a nice family film filled with love, loss and loyalty. Tubs of popcorn: three out of five.
HOPE SPRINGS (PG-13): This is an amazing film about empty nesters as Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones go to couples therapy with Steve Carrell. This film is touching, hilarious, unexpected, endearing and, in many cases, true! Tubs of popcorn: four out of five.
THE CAMPAIGN (R): Perfect timing to take us away from the politics that aren’t as funny. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis go toe-to-toe for a Congressional seat. Not shocked at the R rating but it is still hilarious and good to see Ferrell back to his old self again, which is making everyone laugh themselves silly. Tubs of popcorn: three out of five.
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