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 4.0
Friday, 06 August 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
The Other Guys (2010)
Adam McKay (Will Ferrell's creative partner and the director of Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman) is angry. He's sick of corporate malfeasance, Ponzi schemes, and government bailouts. He's so mad that he's decided to make a movie about it. But instead of getting on a soap box, he's using his weapon of choice: crazy comedy. He's enlisted some major league help, including Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Anne Heche, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, and even Derek Jeter. And it appears his rage has given him focus, as The Other Guys is both McKay's and Ferrell's best film sinceAnchorman, and also the closest McKay has yet come to forging a real narrative.  Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) aren't super cops. In fact, they're the bane of the NYPD. Gamble is a pencil pusher, following trails of un-filed ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.5
Friday, 30 July 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Dinner For Schmucks (2010)
In Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) calls childhood mate Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) "especially not a genius" in reference to his derivative cowboy novels. Shocked by this assessment, Eli asks, "How can you say that someone is especially not a genius?" As I looked over the career of director Jay Roach, it struck me that he is especially not a genius. He works with the material and the cast that he has and if those are good, the movie is good. If they're not, Roach can do nothing to save the project. Luckily for him--and for us--Dinner For Schmucks contains the best material and the best cast Roach has had since Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Based on the French film Le Diner de Cons (from the same screenwriter of La Cage Aux Folles, a film that would be remade into The Birdcage), Dinner for Schmucks stars Paul Rudd as Tim, ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Thursday, 15 July 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Inception (2010)
In nine years, Christopher Nolan has gone from bright new spot in the filmmaking world to one of its leading lights. His first film, Following, was roundly ignored. His second, Memento, was anything but. A mind-bending film constructed backwards, Memento was a film that was far better than it's gimmick premise should have allowed. Warner Bros. liked what they saw and gave Nolan their remake of the chilly thriller Insomnia. Since then, Nolan's rise to prominence has been thoroughly meteoric. He was given the reigns of the Batman franchise after the phenomenal failure of Batman and Robin and gave us Batman Begins, easily the best hero origin film yet made. He followed this up with The Prestige, a sleight-of-hand film about the ultimate sleight-of-hand. The Prestige showed considerable growth fromBatman Begins, which itself showed considerable growth from Insomnia. But nothing could have prepared us for The Dark Knight, Nolan's sequel to Batman Begins. Upping the ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.0
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Sorcerer's Apprentice, The (2010)
It sounds strange, but Nicolas Cage is one of the most versatile actors working today. Just look at the bizarre range of films that he takes on, from National Treasure to Adaptation, Ghost Rider to The Weather Man. And, of course, one of his bigger hits of the past decade was the aforementioned National Treasure series. Now he's back, joined by director Jon Turtletaub for another slice of action/adventure in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Will the third time be the charm for this hit-making duo?Cage plays Balthazar Blake, master sorcerer taught by Merlin himself. During the film's convoluted opening sequence, we discover that Balthazar is searching for the heir to Merlin's powers while also trying to defend the world from Morganians--evil sorcerers hellbent on destroying the world--led by Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar does discover the heir in the form of young Dave (Jay Baruchel), but a battle with Hovarth leads ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Friday, 09 July 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Despicable Me (2010)
I'll admit, prior to seeing Despicable Me, I was certain that this was going to be a failure of Shrek 3-like proportions. The advertisements were everywhere, and not just in the past few weeks. For months on end, I have been subjected to ad after ad after ad for Despicable Me, and despite this, I still had no clue as to what the movie was actually about. Every trailer and TV spot seemed to promote an entirely different movie. Was it about a criminal mastermind, the world's worst supervillain, or a lonely curmudgeon taking in three orphans? As it turns out, Despicable Me is about all three, and astonishingly, takes all these disparate strands and weaves them together.  Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) is a supervillain in a world full of them (although we only ever see two), and he's not the best at his ...
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