Archive for March, 2011

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in a scene in LimitlessIt’s been said we only use a fifth of our brain to complete everyday tasks. It’s been suggested that if we could unlock the other four-fifths, we could do extraordinary things, such as levitate or move objects telekinetically. But what if the result wasn’t that extravagant? What if it simply made you intellectually superior in every way? The possibilities would be endless. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: a re-imagining of Chinese history; an attack of the physically fit undead; an outstanding, award-winning boxing picture; a supernatural tale of life-after-death; and a genetically manufactured, intelligent killing machine. (more…)

A scene from Mars Needs MomsIn Disney’s latest animated picture, a boy realizes his potential for heroics and the power of love when he must rescue his mother from Mars. If the premise sounds over-sentimental, that would be because it is pretty mushy. Most cartoons include some sort of moral or ethical lesson; this movie ensures even the dimmest or youngest viewer won’t miss the message by repeatedly beating them over the head with it. Their success was confirmed when a four-year-old audibly uttered the lesson in the theatre. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a family drama with realistic problems; the renowned tale of a king; a surprisingly comedic story about jihadists; an award-winning documentary; a powerful crime series; and a dramatic zombie serial. (more…)

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in a scene from The Adjustment BureauIs everything that happens part of some greater plan for our lives? If so, how much of what happens is left to chance versus intervention? These are questions that plague many people, while giving others comfort. The conundrum is: if it all happens for a reason, the terrible things along with the good must have a purpose. (more…)

Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens in a scene in BeastlyMost people know the story of Beauty and the Beast and many have seen Disney’s animated retelling of the tale. Beastly is a modern-day, live-action rendition of the narrative starring a couple of up-and-coming actors: Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. It takes the notion that “love is blind” to its limit as a beautiful young woman falls for a man whose exterior doesn’t match his interior (at least not any more). Unfortunately, in this case, this fantastical romance was better left to the animators. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a high energy musical; a man with a gun and a mission; and a love story that captivates from beginning to end. (more…)