With a cast of comedy veterans, characters quirky enough to be in a Ben Stiller flick, and a setting that invites disaster to strike, "Couples Retreat" is poised to be a hilarious comedy. But the film, directed by Peter Billinglsey, and produced by Vince Vaughn, flip-flops between serious dialogue and absurd situations, leaving the audience confused, unattached and ready to leave the theater.
In an era where all that seems to thrive in cinematic features are teenage-vampire heartthrobs, alien-robotic cars, and spandex-wearing superheroes, a new genre that makes audience squeal and laugh must surface. The only fresh genre that can successfully do this is the zombie-comedy genre, originally sparked by the "Dawn of the Dead" parody and "Shaun of the Dead" but has since been left undone. "Zombieland" has staked territory and turned the spark from those frontrunner films into a raging fire.
In Director Jonathon Mostow's "Surrogates," 98 percent of humans live an immortal existence as remote controlled robots transmit the thrills and absorb the pain of physical life. Every aspect of Mostow's film is a dramatic portrayal of a world where people merge with robotic net-imbedded society. The result is a compelling yet entertaining science fiction plot with an aftertaste of unusual moral complexity.
Charged with telling the curious story of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), an executive of chemical company ADM turned FBI informant, director Steven Soderbergh has crafted an exceptionally odd film. ï¿½The Informant!ï¿½ feels more like an ill-humored but ironic 70s sitcom that manages to be a more effective look into Whitacreï¿½s mind than a serious drama would have been.
Perhaps there have been too many films that merge a romantic comedy into a drama without substance. Yet beneath mediocre layers of love story in director Brandon Camp's "Love Happens" lies heart; the actors openly and truthfully address the reality of grief. A-list actors Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in this cheeky, bordering unoriginal film. Despite the familiar formulaic plot, the tender Eckhart engenders the grace to carry this uplifting narrative.
Any day now, an animated motion picture filled with a talking monkey, spray on shoes, a vicious herd of rat-birds, and some seriously strange weather, will be falling out of the sky into a theater near you. In an attempt to remake a children's book for the big screen, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller successfully turn Judi Barrett's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" into a delicious 3D animation film. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" leaves audiences of all ages with full stomachs and opened imaginations.
Viewers will no longer mock those involved in the fashion industry after watching "The September Issue," a new documentary release which provides a comical, yet informative look into the production of Vogue Magazine's largest issue of the year.
American author Dorothy Parker said, "The only 'ism' Hollywood believes in is plagiarism." In their new animated feature "9," producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are guilty of reusing stale ideas. But in spite of a tired plot, "9" is entrancing due to its realistic computer graphic animation.
Tyler Perry is famous for his religious comedy-dramas, panned by critics but successful at the box-office. With his new movie, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," Perry stays true to style in an entertaining but ultimately formulaic morality tale.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's newest project "Gamer" is a combination of violent action, frequent nudity, and a corrupted world, but what it lacks in storyline, it makes up for in first-rate filming.
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