I’ve been really busy as of late.  So here is a quick review for each movie.

Up!

Pixar, does it again with this masterfully crafted tale about an old man who wishes to complete his childhood dream, about traveling to South America. He ends up with a boy scout accompanying him on his trip. Together they help Kevin, a giant bird that looks like peacock crossed with an ostrich, find its  way home.  In true Pixar, fashion they craft an beautiful tale that is much more then it seems. Be sure to have your tissues ready for this movie will get you watery.

4/5 Stars

The Hangover

Every few years, you get that hit comedy that just becomes the must see movie. Last time it was Wedding Crashers, which also starred, Bradley Cooper. This year its The Hangover. To put it simply for that can’t figure out what this movie is about judging by the title, its about 4 guys who go celebrate the one friends wedding by having the bachelor party in Las Vegas. Of course, they get ridiculously drunk, and wake up in there hotel room not knowing what happened last night. Quickly realizing the groom, is missing they backtrack on a search to find out where he went and what happened.

3  1/2 / 5 stars

Year One

I fell asleep for 20 minutes and I wasn’t even tired.  Save your money and just rent it. Or just go see The Hangover.

1/5 stars

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A blog post from Variety’s Editor In Chief, recently called Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, “Ben Stiller’s Art Movie”.  Having seen the movie now, I can see why. Even the first movie. The plot is simple but come on, after the first, did you really expect heart-wrenching oscar material?

Night At the Musuem, maybe not the greatest piece of film work. Nor does it try. It is a film that teaches you about history in a very entertaining way. Personally, I never knew that Abraham Lincoln, never lies; hence forth being referred to as  ‘honest Abe.”  Then again I’m Canadian and naturally fairly ignorant about American history. Its presented in an amusing and occasionally a superfluous manner at times.

We find our hero Larry Daley(Ben Stiller), living his dream of the being the head of his own company, walking around his office looking bored, and mopey. Which is what,  leads him to visiting the museum only to find it undergoing renovations, and discovers a lot of the old exhibits are being moved off to storage,  and to be updated with more updated technological versions.

Throughout all the hassle of the move, the Egyptian tablet ends up at the Smithsonian as well, leading to trouble with Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria). Who wants the tablet to open up the door to the underworld and release his army of the undead.  Daley, receiving an urgent phone call of help flies off to Washington D.C in search of the Smithsonian with the help of his son.  He soon finds out the Smithsonian isn’t just one buildings but multiple specialized buildings (i.e Air And Space). Throughout his adventure he encounters even more famous characters leading to more mini-history lessons.

Overall, this movie is a great family film for those parents who want to take they’re children to see something ’till Pixar’s Up, is released. For those that aren’t parents or 12 years old, there is always Star Trek, or Terminator.

The summer movie season started off great this year, with J.J Abram’s Star Trek. I know what your thinking, “what about Wolverine? my point exactly. What about Wolverine? Lets just pretend it didn’t happen. Other then Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, I’ve never seen any Star Trek movie or anything Trek related other then the odd, very random episode of Next Generation on TV. J.J. Abram’s is very much the same, which is why this movie is so accessible.

Chris Pine, is definitely one to watch in the coming years. This is a role that will definitely secure his face and name in the mainstream. He carries this movie with such charm, and a healthy dose of humor that won’t drag you down into a realm of boredom never to return.  Alongside him, is a strong cast that helps establish a team that is worth watching in future sequels now that the origins have been cemented.

Abrams, and his writing team have successfully brought Star Trek to the mainstream. He captures us in with the destruction of the U.S.S Kelvin, introducing us to the villain Nero, and our hero, Kirk (except as a baby form). We have no idea what his intentions are other then forcing aboard the ships captain before destroying the captains ship. This sets the pace for the movie.

Moving from watching Kirk get into a hilarious bar fight (which in turn leads to being convinced to join Star Fleet), to continuing his womanizing behavior.  Then to him beating the simulation which is designed to test how the cadets deal with stress,  leads to his first confrontation with Spock.  Played by Zachary Quinto,  who doesn’t do a bad job himself.  The friction between these two leads to some great moments, and some other that make you go really? Why didn’t he just do x, instead of y? Like I said, before a lot of these things are just nit picking. And don’t harm the overall enjoyment of the movie.

Star Trek is a great movie, and definitely something that Paramount must have been hoping for when they hired Abram’s to reboot the franchise.  He has given them a summer blockbuster that will hopefully produce sequels that are either equal or superior to this movie.

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