Archive for November 14th, 2014

14th November
2014
written by Adam

20 years since Harry and Lloyd (Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey) had their first adventure, the impossibly brick headed duo re-unite to find a suitable kidney donor for Harry. As luck would have it, former girlfriend Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner) happens to know of a possible donor, Harry’s own daughter, Penny(Rachel Melvin). Trouble is, Penny was put up for adoption just after birth years ago, tracking her down won’t be easy for the mensa team. Meanwhile, Penny’s adopted mother, Adele (Laurie Holden), has plans of her own to upset the family fortune. Will Harry and Lloyd get to Penny before Adele and her henchmen, and who will get who’s kidney? dumbndumber Directed by the Farrelly brothers the “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to comedy seems to be in effect with tendencies towards blue, slapstick, and ridiculous puns– pretty much like the first go round. Sadly, and ironically, the lack of sophistication and intelligence overall in the writing seems to be the downfall here and actually robs the film of what could in fact be very funny. That said, there are a handful of quickly forgettable but desirably quotable moments, I just wish I could remember them. And, with a spattering of fun cameos and throwbacks to the original, it’s safe to say the whole thing isn’t a waste, it’s just too bad there wasn’t more substance to sink our teeth into. More of a rental but maybe a matinee if you’re feeling sentimental, Dumb and Dumber To is rated PG-13.

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14th November
2014
written by Adam

While reporting for Newsweek Magazine during the 2009 Iranian elections Maziar Bahari (Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal), an Iranian-Canadian journalist, was detained by Iranian police forces and brutally interrogated on the suspicion that he was in fact a western spy. Stolen hope and stolen time, the mental games he would endure might break an ordinary individual; but, inspired by his father’s story, Baba Akbar (Haluk Bilginer), Maziar would find the strength to go on. Making matters worse, international support for Maziar would drive the same Iranian forces to new acts of desperation, the whole game could end in shambles, or could it?rosewater Based on actual events, directed by and adapted screenplay by political satirist Jon Stewart, Rosewater in fact takes a somber and accurate look at the very real issue of reporter safety in foreign countries. Strong acting from the ensemble makes for a believable watch; and, semi-documentary styling cinematography blends nicely with the overall biopic storytelling. Sadly, at its conclusion, the overall gravity of the film doesn’t seem to pull the viewer into much of a call to action, and, while interesting, isn’t as compelling as one might hope. Still, a formidable freshman attempt, perhaps worthy of a matinee or rental, Rosewater is rated R.

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