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Editor's rating: 
 4.0
Thursday, 08 July 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Predators (2010)
"There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die."-Billy (Sonny Landham), PredatorA group of warriors and killers, trapped in the jungle, outmatched and outclassed by a being they can hardly understand, but must learn to defeat if they wish to survive. Sound familiar? It sounds like Predator, the 1987 action classic from John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, in this case, it'sPredators, the 2010 action film from Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Sin City) and Nimrod Antal (Kontroll, Armored), and starring Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Alice Braga (City of God), Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, and Danny Trejo. Sounds like a nice collection of heavy hitters, doesn't it? At this point, the question has to be asked: We're still talking about Predators, right? The last time such a big name group was brought together for this ...
Editor's rating: 
 1.0
Friday, 25 June 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Grown Ups (2010)
Traditionally, narratives require conflict. The hero faces an obstacle and overcomes it. There have been artists that have circumvented this, such as James Joyce, who crafted novels without a traditional narrative structure. However, attempts at this are rare, even more so in the world of film, which is much more expensive than writing a novel. And among those that do try it, few succeed. Grown Ups is one of those failures. However, I highly doubt that it was Adam Sandler's intention to make a movie that didn't adhere to normal storytelling conventions. No, I think the Sandler and company simply thought that pulling together a group of funny guys would be enough to carry a whole movie. Sadly, it isn't.Sandler plays Lenny Feder, a high powered Hollywood agent (as evidenced by the scene where Sandler proclaims "I'm the most powerful agent in Hollywood!") ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.0
Thursday, 24 June 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Knight and Day (2010)
Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has become a superstar playing the charming leading man in dramas and action films. He was never known as a comedian, and despite a cameo in Goldmember, is not known for comedy. However, when Cruise became more known for his affiliation with Scientology and increasingly erratic behavior (such as jumping up and down on Oprah's couch), he decided to revive his ailing fortunes with a hearty dose of laughter. Appearing as the overweight and overbearing Les Grossman in Ben Stiller's hilarious Tropic Thunder  (where Cruise managed to top Robert Downey Jr. playing a black man), Cruise went from weirdo to a box office draw again overnight. Now we get Knight and Day, where Cruise lampoons his own action persona. Can this mix of action and comedy prove to be another hit for Cruise?  June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is ...
Editor's rating: 
 5.0
Thursday, 17 June 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Toy Story 3 (2010)
When Pixar released Toy Story in 1995, I was just the right age to still have toys, but old enough to get some of the humor in the film intended for adults. Like so many, I was enchanted. The story of Woody, the cowboy toy whose status is threatened by Buzz Lightyear, a spaceman action figure, was compelling, touching, and hilarious. And when Toy Story 2 came out, I was able to catch all the many references to dozens of other films and pop culture icons. In fact, I think that Toy Story 2 managed to outdo its predecessor. With the inclusion of new characters Jessie and Bullseye, the film ratcheted up the emotional content, while the writing proved even more hilarious. That was 1999. It's been 11 years, and since then, Pixar has gone far beyond the relatively simplistic animation of the Toy Story series, but have ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Friday, 04 June 2010 ,  Written by Daniel Hirshleifer
Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the brilliant and hilarious 2008 Apatow production that introduced the world to Jason Segel's penis, also gave us the lovable womanizing rock star Aldous Snow, played by British comedian Russell Brand. And while I often find Brand to be overbearing, his portrayal of Aldous was funny and genuinely enjoyable. One odd thing about the film is that it goes out of its way to establish that Aldous has been sober for seven years, and should he have even a drop of alcohol, he'll be hitting up anyone for a crack rock. The movie never touches on this element again, letting Aldous slip away clean as a whistle. While I doubt it was Segel's intention to feature Aldous in a spin-off feature, the inclusion of Snow's sobriety serves as the jumping off point for his very own starring role ...
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