your cat likes me better (malice_n_wonder) wrote,
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Movie Reviews

Up    Aside from the fact that I think everyone should see this movie so they can meet my dog's virtual twin, Dug, it was one of the best movies we've seen in quite awhile. The montage with Carl and Ellie growing old together then suffering inevitable loss had me crying like a baby but the rest of the movie is so cute and witty, I've managed to forgive Pixar for reminding me of my loved ones' mortality. The animation is everything you've heard it is, and Ed Asner is fantastic as the voice of Carl. It's so good, if it too had had a musical number from Jeremy Irons, it might've actually replaced The Lion King as my all-time favorite animated feature. Close but no cigar. A

Snow White & the Huntsman    Kristen Stewart's much-publicized affair with her married director really screwed this movie. Actually, let me rephrase that. Kristen Stewart really screwed this movie, period. Adultery and general brattiness aside, I don't understand the burning hatred some people seem to feel for her but she certainly isn't the most gifted actress in the talent pool. Unfortunately for her (and this movie), when she's up against Charlize Theron her mediocrity really shows. If director Rupert Sanders hadn't been busy banging the vampire dust out of her coochie, he probably would've realized that the smart thing to do would've been to pare down Stewart's blah performance in favor of more screen time for Theron's batass crazy, Elizabeth Bathory-inspired evil stepmother. Even when the character is over-the-top unhinged, she's still infinitely more entertaining than the blank-faced Snow White. Add points for Bob Hoskins as the blind dwarf, the movie's darkly surreal atmosphere, and adding a feminist slant to the fairy tale. Also, the greater Hemsworth (Chris) appears in a supporting role as the woodsman if you're into that kind of thing. B

The Avengers  
I think I was the only person in the world not thrilled by this movie. Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk was an unexpected treat and RDJ seems to have really found the humanity behind Iron Man, but Tom Hiddleston's Loki just didn't really engage me, ditto for Chris Evans's Captain America and double ditto for Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye. The movie stays pretty faithful to the comic books, which is always a big plus, and there's a lot of action but much of it doesn't really seem to go anywhere. C

Girl Walks into a Bar
  Speaking of a movie that rambles and lacks in substance.... C-
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