The Weekend Movie Recap: 12/9/11

posted by Rolocop

Well, you might as well just watch ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING this weekend.  The new movies just aren’t that impressive.  Of course, if you’re craving to see a film in the theater, I still highly recommend HUGO and THE MUPPETS, which are two of the year’s best.

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Movies Opening this Weekend:

THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER, CIA SPYMASTER WILLIAM COLBY – Probably the best of the new crop of flicks this week is this Documentary that examines William Colby’s life.  It’s decent but I felt that they focused too much time on Military history than Colby’s actual personal life, whom I thought the movie was supposed to be about. Opens at The Lagoon. Rating:

YOUNG ADULT – Not a fan of Diablo Cody and I was one of the few who thought JUNO was overrated.  Teaming up with Jason Reitman again, this one isn’t any better.  Despite a fully committed performance by Charlize Theron and a resurgence of one of my favorite bands Teenage Fanclub, the lead character is just not likable at all, which is the point I guess.  Also, Reitman’s direction leaves much to be desired.  Overall, it’s a pretty dreary experience that I wouldn’t want to visit again. Opens exclusively at The Uptown.  Rating:

NEW YEAR’S EVE – If you liked Garry Marshall’s VALENTINE’S DAY then you’ll like this one.  I think both are star studded, mediocre TV Sitcoms, which I prefer watching at home (if at all) than on the big screen.  It’s safe, unchallenging and sure to be a hit, which says a lot about today’s American audiences.  But when you see 400 films a year (like myself) you tend to want to see something that shakes you up a bit once in awhile. Wide Release. Rating:

LE HARVE – I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but I thought this foreign film about an old man hiding an illegal immigrant in his house fell flat.  I really enjoyed the color palette, but the acting and story felt forced and deliberate, which I think is the director’s style, but I just didn’t get into it at all.  I’m sure there is an audience for it though. Opens at The Edina.  Rating:

THE SITTER – Yup, watch ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING instead.  Jonah Hill plays a supposed fat nice guy (but he’s actually an obnoxious asshole that just can’t get laid) who babysits 3 spoiled brats and they get into inappropriate adventures.  I love offensive and vulgar humor…….. but when it’s funny.  Hill is severely unlikable here as he tries to act ghetto through every scene.  It also doesn’t help that David Gordon Green’s direction is completely sloppy, as if he just didn’t care at all.  What was up with all the Pre-Film school Hip-Hop music video jump cuts?  This was atrocious!  Wide Release. Rating:

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Better luck next week!

Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 10:48 am