Archive for November 6th, 2008

6th November
2008
written by Adam

Role Models
Wheeler (Seann William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) are coworkers at Minotaur Energy Drink. While out promoting their product the two run into trouble and face prison time or community service; opting for community service they are paired with two tough cases at a big brother program. But will the two do the job right, will they learn their lesson, will they make good role models or will they end up serving prison time? Semi cliche in plot and construction, still the script co- written by Rudd and several other comedic minds manages to provide a number of quirky moments and off color bits that coax laugh out loud reactions. Maybe a matinee or rental later. Role Models is rated R.

Soul Men
30 years after the breakup of the soul trio The Real Deal, Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) are brought back together to honor their former lead singer Marcus Hooks’ (John Legend) Death. But after 30 years can the two settle their differences and perform for one last time or will the possibility push the two over the edge? Not exactly a solid script; however, the ad lib flavor to a number of the scenes makes the film a little more enjoyable. And, seeing both Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes in their last performance for the silver screen leaves a certain bitter sweet taste to the film overall. If you do see this film, stick through the credits to watch an informative and warming interview with Mac. Most likely best as a rental. Soul Men is rated R.

Madagascar 2
After the escape from the New York City Zoo, the animals of the animated feature Madagascar are back, this time with a plan to make the journey to Africa. But once in Africa is life any better than their Central Park experience? Featuring all the voices of the first film, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and more are back for more craziness and fun. A fun option for the family looking to make an outing this weekend. Note some screens are showing this film in 3D. Madagascar 2 is rated PG.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is an 8 year old son of a commandant for the Nazi party in a WWII concentration camp. Bruno befriends a Jewish boy (Jack Scanlon) on the other side of the fence resulting in the unexpected from a forbidden friendship. Based on the novel by Irish writer John Boyne, this dark film tells a story from the unique and honest perspective only an 8 year old child can see– which makes things even more poignant and painful. Fairly strong with content, perhaps a matinee. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is rated PG-13.

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