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In Hollywood, talented but reckless Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) has been caught by the press in situations not befitting his wholesome star image. Therefore, his agent (Nathan Lane) must think up a solution. Eureka! How about a win a date contest with Tad, where they can choose the most sweet-and-light woman for the movie actor? Meanwhile, in Frazier's Bottom West Virginia, Rosalee Fudge (Kate Bosworth) is a beautiful lass who works at the local Piggly Wiggly. Toiling beside her are two best friends, Cathy (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Pete, the PW manager (Topher Grace). Unknown to everyone is that Pete is in love with Rosie and wants to go beyond palsy walsies. Guess who enters the win-a-date contest? Yes, its our Rosalee and she wins! The date is a dream in Tinseltown and Tad is surprised he thinks so highly of the WV lady. In fact, after the date is over and after Rosalee comes back to the Piggly Wiggly, Pete may not be able to breathe a sigh of relief. That's because Tad, who is in-between roles, chooses to travel to Fraziers Bottom and pursue a possible romance with a beautiful blonde cashier. With Pete thwarting Mr. Hamilton's chances at every turn, will Rosalee remain starry-eyed over Tad? Will Pete ever get an opportunity to tell Rosie how he feels? This truly fine romantic comedy is a win win win for romcom fans. The trio of Bosworth, Duhamel, and Grace are wonderfully talented, handsome actors while Goodwin, Lane and the rest provide excellent comic relief. The cameras have captured beauty of West Virginia without showing any flaws while the costumes, script and zesty direction are quite acceptable. Are you pining away for a romcom you haven't seen? Make a date with Tad, Rosalee and Pete and grab this movie.
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Charles Bovary (Hugh Bonneville), in the French countryside, starts school late, is teased, but manages to become a doctor of the lowest rank. His domineering mother (Eileen Atkins) even arranges a marriage for him to a wealthy widow, who dies a couple of years later. Meanwhile, Emma (Frances O'Connor) grows up nearby but spends years in a convent school. Her mind is filled with books, poetry, and romantic notions and desires. One day, her father breaks his leg and Dr. Bovary, newly widowed, comes to set it. Charles is very taken with the beautiful young lady and Emma, naively, believes that Charles' desire for her indicates romantic days ahead. They marry. All too soon, Emma realizes her husband's interests are simple and he doesn't understand her need for loftier ideas. Not long after, Emma meets a town clerk, Leon (Hugh Dancy), very handsome, who also loves discussing music, poetry and ideas. Although not requited at this time, the two grow to love each other. But, Emma is pregnant and refuses to leave her husband, who, in truth, is very kind and attentive. Leon moves to Paris. Soon, Emma gives birth to a daughter and remains in failing health, due to her grief over her existence. Charles moves the family in an attempt to revive her spirits and Em meets another man, Rodolphe (Greg Wise) who pursues her relentlessly. With mounting debts and a lover on the side, how will Emma's marriage survive? How will she live on when Rodolphe cruelly leaves her? This wonderful adaption of Flaubert's classic should be better known. O'Connor is terrific as the dreamy-eyed Emma while Bonneville excels as the dimwitted but kindly Charles. Dancy, Wise and Atkins are likewise very fine. The sets, costumes, and movie making are beyond measure, resulting in a beautiful movie with hidden riches. Don't miss this rendition of one of the most complex, tragic, but glorious stories of all time.
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In the early 1800's, a pastoral neighborhood in a remote part of Britain has a new resident. She's Helen (Tara Fitzgerald) and assumed to be a widow, with a young son Arthur. The house she moves into has seen better days, being a rather decrepit old mansion called Wildfell Hall. In truth, its odd, but Helen seems determined to use only a small portion of the house and make it liveable. Although she wants to be left alone, neighbors come calling repeatedly, at first, wanting to meet her and be kind. They are very curious about her constant oil painting, as it seems to be her means of support. Especially taken with the widow is young, single sheep farmer, Gilbert (Toby Stephens). All too soon, rumors start to spread. Is she really a widow? Is she meeting a man named Frederick at the Hall in secret? Why is she so uncommunicative? Gilbert is the only one who is befriended by her, becoming his confident and relating information about her past, bit by bit. When it all comes out, will love stay strong and true between Helen and Gilbert? This magnificent story from the Bronte sister Anne is one to cherish. Helen is a trailblazer in that she has run away from an abusive,alcoholic husband, even though the law says she can't, and earns her living by her own hands. Therefore, the tale has some sad matters to discuss, indeed. Nevertheless, it is still a beautiful tale of redemption, second chances and love. The breathtaking English countryside delights while costumes and cast are equally fine. What, you only remember Jane Eyre by that other Bronte gal? Expand your knowledge and try this one as well.
Its the future and the Enterprise is still journeying through space, where Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) rules and Dr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) are still trading barbs. Just back from a voyage, the crew docks at the space colony, only to be sent on a mission almost immediately. This happens because an alien lady lands and relates that HER spaceship was attacked and her crew needs rescuing in a nebula. Off they go. But, once there, things go awry. There is a dangerous alien ruler on the main planet, Krall (Idris Elba) and he captures half the crew. Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty (Simon Pegg), and others are left to try to rescue the others. They may indeed need the help of another stranded alien, Jailah, whose own family was killed and who has extensive knowledge of the enemy they are fighting. On a surface of dangerous cliffs, thick woods, and caves, the crew also finds evidence of another Federation spaceship that landed on this planet long ago. Will Kirk and crew beat Krall? You know it! This nice film is made all the better by the wonderful cast. Each one is a perfect fit for well-known roles and the interaction and jesting between them is the main asset. In addition, the alien worlds, lifeforms, sets, costumes, and all of the other film elements add up to a greatly entertaining flick. Go beyond your door and step out into the closest theater for a night of fun.
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In the 1930's, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) doesn't want to follow his dad into the not-so-lucrative jewelry biz. Instead, he opts to go to California, where his hotshot agent uncle, Phil (Steve Carrell) may give him a job. Well, its not much of a job, a glorified gopher, but, it has fringe benefits. Ah, that would be meeting Phil's secretary, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), who has been asked to show Bobby around town. At once, Bobby is smitten. Alas, Vonnie confesses that she has a journalist boyfriend, so, even though Mr. Dorfman and Miss V meet quite often, she establishes boundaries. Bobby is still googly-eyed. One day, however, Vonnie tells Bob that her boyfriend has ended their relationship and Bobby is eager to pursue her. Happiness ensues until Vonnie's boyfriend comes back into the picture. Its Uncle Phil, you see, and he vows to get a divorce. Heartbroken, Bobby moves back to Brooklyn, where he begins to manage a posh café for his brother Ben, a gangster on the sly. The family doesn't know what Ben does, they are just happy Bobby has a job. In time, Bobby meets another beautiful lady, Veronica (Blake Lively) who helps his heart recover. Or is it fully healed? We'll see when Phil and Vonnie, now married, come waltzing into the café! This beautiful, funny and intelligent movie is that latest gift from the one and only Woody Allen. As such, the script is a masterpiece of witty lines and great concepts and the direction flawless. Naturally, Allen also draws outstanding performances from his cast, especially Stewart who shines as the confused Vonnie. The scenery and costumes are above reproach and the look of the film wonderfully lovely. In addition, while the film is funny, it is also bittersweet, so tears may fall. Nevertheless, leave the café pronto and head out to a theater nearest you.
Chuck (Bud Abbott) and Ferdie (Lou Costello) have moved up from being gas station attendants to waiting on tables at a classy restaurant. However, the first day is a disaster, as Ferdie insults guests, pulls chairs at the wrong time and spills food. Back at the station, they suddenly find themselves in a getaway car with a gangster. Shots ring out. The gangster is killed but, by a strange twist of fate, C and F end up with the man's will and inheritance. Mostly, its a rundown tavern, where they and some friends go a-looking. Dark passages and secret rooms abound, while some of the guest go missing. Ferdie also sees glowing eyes and hears terrifying sounds while, naturally, Chuck views nothing and becomes irritated. In addition, one of the group knows of a hidden treasure in the place and is searching high and low. Will Chuck and Ferdie need to run away from the haunted place while another claims the money? This is a classic A & C film that will have the viewer rolling on the floor. Costello is beyond funny as a one-of-a-kind comic who can never be duplicated. Watch him try to get a gentleman to order soup when he's already been turned down ten times. His expressions are priceless and his antics side-splitting. Abbott is, yes, a great foil and the other cast members fine, too. The haunted tavern is appropriately creepy while script, costumes and direction are quite nice. Don't hold out for a better comedy, there are few like this one!
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On the beautiful Greek isle of Patmos, an aging archaeologist, Tierney (Richard Griffths) is greeting a new colleague to the place. But, ho ho, Eric (Matthew Modine) appears to be the biggest "stuffed shirt" ever. He's buttoned down on a sunny day, when everyone else is trying to stay cool. But, what news he brings to Tierney! As a modern day, techo-archaeologist, Dr. Eric has brought satellite images which give precise locations to where artifacts are hidden. If one didn't know, St. John the Apostle was once exiled on Patmos and there are hidden relics of him and the church he founded. Some have been recovered, yes. Eric is especially keen to find the legendary "St. John's cup". But, can one really remain a geek on this lovely speck of land, where attractive Katerina (Agni Scott) runs an eatery with music, dancing, and great food? Soon, as Katerina and Eric meet time and again, this very uninhibited and lively lady begins to work a love charm on Mr. Buttoned-down. But, gulp, what happens when the most desired artifact is located beneath Patmos' best restaurant? Are any romance hopes shattered? This wonderful romcom has most everything going in its favor. Modine is always a welcome and handsome performer, while Griffiths and Scott are perfect as his co-stars. All other cast members are great, too. Then, the scenery is beyond beautiful, making most viewers long to jet off this very day to the Greek Isles. For those who love history, the script works the St. John angle into a very special story while the direction is carefree and ebullient. Romcom fans, be sure to try to find this one, sometimes listed as Opa! It brings the joy of a love tale that is sorely missing from most movie theaters these days.
Calvin (Kevin Hart) was the star of Central High long ago. He was a great athlete, student and friend, nicknamed the "Golden Jet". On the other hand, classmate Bob (The Rock) was overweight and the butt of most jokes. On the day of a closing ceremony in the school gym, bullies pushed Bob onto the floor straight from the locker room showers. Only Calvin helps out by offering his letter jacket to cover Bob as he exits the place. Flash forwarding 20 years, Cal has married the most lovely girl in the class, Maggie (Danielle Nicolet) and is a staid accountant. In part, he feels ashamed for he aspired to higher ambitions. As the twenty year school reunion is approaching, Calvin is startled to get a Facebook invitation from Bob. Agreeing to meet in a bar, Calvin is astonished to see Bob is a lean, mean, fighting machine, tall and full of muscles. Not only that, Bob is a CIA agent who needs CALVIN'S help to find accounting trails of a big criminal he has been trying to take down. Flattered, it turns out to be more than paperwork, as Calvin is soon involved in gun battles way over his head. Not only that, but a tough lady agent wants Cal's help to bring Bob down, as she says BOBBY is the bad guy here. Who can Cal believe? Will he live to see it matter? This fun, somewhat-mindless flick is a good yukfest for those who truly need to "get lost in laughter". Hart and The Rock make a great duo, not only in size difference but in styles of humor. Nicolet is very beautiful while the rest of the cast is nice, too. (Watch for a cameo from someone special). It also sports nice costumes, venues, and sets. No, its not going to bring home a dozen golden statuettes. But, who cares? Therefore, slip out some evening soon to send the blues miles away.
Jack Harris (Kiefer Sutherland) is an air traffic controller in Chicago, one of the best of the crew. His boss (Bruce McGill) values him highly. But, one tragic day, a plane goes down shortly after takeoff, killing over 150 passengers. Although it was NOT his fault, Jack goes off the deep end. In time, we learn he started drinking, went to re-hab and currently holds a job as a programmer for traffic control software. Flash forwarding a few years, the Chicago crew has a new boss, Susan (Kelly McGillis) who is out to prove something, even when it puts her underlings at risk. The operations manager (Henry Winkler) tries to tell her she is cutting corners with equipment while the comptroller (Michael Gross) is constantly annoying everyone. New AT controller Julie (Kristy Swanson) appears to be more timid than she should be. Things again comes to a crisis at the center, as Susan accepts more planes from a shut-down airport and some staff is off for the holidays. In desperation, the manager reaches out to Jack to "come back" to the station and help out NOW. Once there, will Mr. Harris have the skills and serenity to avoid another catastrophe? Will he be a hero or another victim? This by- the-book thriller has its good points, surely. The cast is the greatest asset, as the flat script is improved with their readings. Gross is a snarly hoot, as far from his understanding father in Families Ties as one can get. There is not much in the way of sets or costumes, as most action takes place inside the air traffic hub. Perhaps the direction deserves more than faint praise, for even with its formulaic premise, the movie does hold a viewer's interest. Therefore, if you like the cast members or disaster-themed films, this one will do for you.
In the South of Britain, near Wales, a young businessman, Will (Sam Claflin) has just kissed his girlfriend goodbye on a rainy morning. He tries to hail a taxi but, unhappily, he is struck by a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) has been a waitress in a nearby café for six years, where she proved to be a friendly asset. Unexpectedly, she is given a pink slip and a month's wages. At home, the Clarks hear this news with dismay, for Papa Clark has been laid off and Lou's salary has been supporting them all. Undaunted, the fetching, zany-dressed young gal goes to the job center for new leads. There's one promising one. It seems a mother, Camilla (Janet McTeer) is searching for a nurse's aide to help her paralyzed son. Yes, its Will, from the movie's beginning, who is now confined to a wheelchair with little motion below his neck. Will's family, the Trainers, are the richest folk in the area and live in a modified castle. In short order, Louisa gets the position, for she is chatty and gregarious, despite her lack of nursing experience. But, wait, Will greets his new caretaker with undisguised rudeness, asking her to "not talk" to him and stay out of his way as much as possible. A roving nurse, Nathan, though, tells Louisa he is delighted she is there and assures her that Will is rude because his situation is so bleak. In time, things change. Will does become more communicative and is cheered by Lou's weird clothes and infectious manner. When his former girlfriend comes to break the news that she is engaged to a man who was once W's best friend, Louisa is there to help Will from falling to pieces. In fact, Lou and the nurse decide to put forth a list of outings which will, hopefully, change his view toward life. This involves going to the horse races and a symphony concert. Indeed, Will does seem cheerier. But, oh no, Lou overhears Will state he agreed to give himself six months of living for his mother's sake, at which end he hopes to go a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland. Can this really be, when Lou has started to love Will and he seems to being feeling the same way about her? This sweet, sorrowful movie will have its viewers in waterfalls of tears. Yes, there are moments of humor and fun, but, the tale is always a story of a wheelchair bound man, formerly very active. who struggles to accept his new reality. The cast is great, with Claflin, Clarke, McTeer, Charles Dance, and all of the others doing fine work. Mr. Claflin, who also appeared in Love, Rosie, will hopefully not be confined to roles in love stories, although his handsome face is swoon worthy. Then, the setting is superb, a lovely glimpse at a little known part of Britain. Louisa's costumes are "sublimely ridiculous" amid a well clad cast and the script, from a novel by JoJo Moyes, is carefully, poignantly written. Finally, the direction is somewhat slow, at times, but hits all the right marks for its presentation. As stated above, some viewers will not like the film's stance on euthanasia, as it strongly supports personal choice. Therefore, listen to this caution. However, most viewers, especially fans of romantic drama, will welcome the opportunity for a sweet, sad cry.
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