The Change-Up (2011)

The Change-Up (2011) – Jason Bateman seems to play a lot high-strung put-upon everymen. Ryan Reynolds seems to play a lot of cocky womanizers. The Change-Up starts with them very much in these familiar roles but then the high-concept plot kicks in and they switch bodies. Now Jason Bateman is a cocky womanizer and Ryan … Continue reading

Rio (2011)

Rio (2011) — First off: there’s a Scrat cartoon before this movie. I love that little guy… so yay! Now onto the movie itself: Carlos Saldanha has basically crafted an animated love letter to his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. The story is about a Blue Macaw oh-so-creatively named Blu (Jessie Eisenberg). He’s abducted from … Continue reading

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) — Once more I say the same thing I say in every review of a “based on a true story” movie: historical accuracy needs to take a backseat to good storytelling.  Steven Jay Russell is, in all likelihood, a horrible human being.  He’s a con man.  Con men, by … Continue reading

17 Again (2009)

17 Again (2009) — So I wanted to see this.  I know I have an instinctive dislike for prefabricated homogenized Disney stars, but I’m a sucker for rip-offs of the movie Big.  Maybe it’s because of an active wish to redo… well, pretty much most of my life to this point.  Anyway, the only thing … Continue reading