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The Third Home Alone Is Not A Charm, 3 March 2015
3/10

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Home Alone 3 is the second sequel of the film written and produced by John Hughes.The third film of the Home Alone franchise does not include actor Macaulay Culkin,composer John Williams and director Chris Columbus.This time,Alex D. Linz takes over Culkin for the lead role as Alex Pruitt,a resourceful boy is accidentally left alone and has to defend his home and battle a group of criminals. Raja Gosnell is the director of the film.

Too bad that this becomes a repeat of the first film as the story become formulaic and predictable.Apart from being clichéd, it also does not provide anything original at all as it became barely entertaining and a joy to watch.Obviously,it is forgettable that one would obviously not that the third movie of the franchise isn't a charm at all.Sad but true.

Entertaining As The First Film, 2 March 2015
9/10

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a Christmas family comedy that was written and directed by John Hughes and Chris Columbus respectively.It was a sequel to the highest grossing holiday comedy,Home Alone.Macaulay Culkin returns as Kevin McCallister,who in the story is once again left on his own by his parents and once again goes up against his former nemeses who tried to rob their house,the Wet Bandits,portrayed by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Tim Curry, and Brenda Fricker are also featured.

Once again Kevin McCallister's family leave him behind.This time,he he gets on a flight to New York instead of going with his family to Miami. Kevin manages to get a cab and gets into the Plaza Hotel.Using his father's credit card,he was able to rent a suite and was able to escape as well as fool hotel employees. But then he runs into his old enemies Harry and Marv. When he finds out that they plan on robbing the old man's toy store on Christmas Eve,he tries to stop them from succeeding and battles again them just like in the original film.

While this sequel is almost the same plot as the first film,it still manages to provide joy and entertainment to the viewers.Kevin surprisingly was able to show a few tricks as he goes up against his enemies especially being left alone in a big city like New York.The performance of the cast was good.Special mention should be given to Culkin and Pesci as Kevin and Harry.Despite the fact that it provides nothing new,it is still fair to say that the sequel was not bad and it would probably be comparable to the original film.No wonder a lot of people still saw it when it was theatrically released.

Home Alone (1990)
A Good Family Entertainment, 1 March 2015
10/10

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Home Alone is a Christmas family comedy about a young boy named Kevin, who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season.It stars Macaulay Culkin together with Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. It was written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus.

Kevin McCallister is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. He initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Eventually,Kevin tries to contend with the burglars on his own in this slapstick comedy.

The film was the highest grossing comedy when it was theatrically released.It definitely provided a lot of joy,humor and entertainment.There was also no dull and boring moment.The cast did a marvelous job in their respective roles.While the movie at present as this review is being written may find this film somewhat overstretched as a comedy by today's standards,it will always be a good family entertainment.

Life-Size (2000) (TV)
Bringing Back To Life, 28 February 2015
6/10

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Life-Size is a TV movie that was originally shown on ABC.It stars Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks.This made-for-TV film directed by Mark Rosman tells the story of a comedic fantasy when a young girl managed to transform her doll into a life-sized woman while attempting to bring her mother back to life.

A girl unwittingly gives new meaning to the phrase "living doll" in this comic fantasy. After the death of her mother, 14-year-old Casey is despondent. As she and her father Ben begin to drift apart, Casey finds a book of magic spells and tries to use one to bring her mother back to life. But the plan backfires, and instead she finds that she's animated Eve, a fashion-plate dress-up doll. Eve is excited to be both alive but she has a lot to learn about living in the real world.We are not sure if Casey has the desire nor the patience to teach her.

While this movie has been done before in Mannequin,little children who are below eight years old will probably find ways to enjoy it.Also,it was a family picture that young girls would probably find ways to enjoy.

Blonde Politics Did Not Deliver, 28 February 2015
6/10

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is the sequel to the 2001 film, Legally Blonde. It features Reese Witherspoon once again as Elle Woods together with Luke Wilson, Sally Field, Regina King, Bruce McGill, and Bob Newhart.This time,Elle Woods heads to Capitol Hill to fight for her cause before Congress.She runs into plenty of adversity and red-tape and can't seem to find anyone who will listen to her proposals. While staying at the Watergate hotel though, she meets and befriends an elderly bellman who's been around politicians long enough to know the ins and outs of the political machine. With his help, Elle attempts to convince disillusioned U.S. Representative Rudd to help her get her voice heard in front of the stodgy old coots of the legislative branch.

Once again,Reese Witherspoon is a delight on the big screen.She is charming and provides another commendable performance as Elle Woods as she was confident and charming as she introduced blonde politics.It was just unfortunate that the humor does not provide better laughs unlike the first film due its lame and lazy script. Too bad that her performance alone could not carry the film due to its poor screenplay.If blonde politics provided great humor,it would have been bigger than Reese's big hit,Sweet Home Alabama.

A Movie That Catapulted Witherspoon Into Stardom, 28 February 2015
8/10

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Legally Blonde is comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon as a sorority girl who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by earning a law degree.This film is an adaptation of novel by Amanda Brown.Luke Wilson,Selma Blair,Matthew Davis,Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge co-stars with Witherspoon in this film directed by Robert Luketic.

Elle Woods is the president of her sorority and a Hawaiian Tropic girl.And above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But is Elle is too blonde? So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. In her journey,she must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes in the world out there.

This is a fun movie about a bombshell who discovers a brainy aspect of her personality.Witherspoon provides a great performance and catapulted her into stardom in this original and refreshing movie that definitely provides entertainment and excitement from beginning to end.She definitely made Elle an engaging and vivacious personality that one will remember her and guys would not taker their eyes off her.No question that this will be enjoyed endlessly by the viewer.

Lame Compared To The Original, 28 February 2015
6/10

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is a comedy that serves as a sequel to the 2000 film Miss Congeniality.It features Sandra Bullock together with Regina King,Enrique Murciano,William Shatner,Ernie Hudson,Heather Burns,Diedrich Bader and Treat Williams.

Three weeks after the events of the first film, FBI agent Gracie Hart has become a celebrity after she infiltrated a beauty pageant on her last assignment. The FBI uses her notoriety to generate positive PR for the bureau; however, Gracie would like to get back to some solid police work, especially after scuffling with fellow female agent "Sam" Fuller, who isn't impressed with Gracie. Despite their differences, the two find themselves working side by side when two of Gracie's pals from the pageant -- contest winner Cheryl Frasier and master of ceremonies Stan Fields -- were kidnapped.

After the viewer is presented with a charmer in the first film,the sequel just comes up with the same formulaic screenplay that basically worked in the original.Too bad that it does not provide anything new that what Sandra Bullock does in it has basically been presented in the previous film.Overall,it just lacks something new and everything becomes basically predictable from beginning to end.

Sandra Makes Things Possible For The Movie, 28 February 2015
8/10

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Miss Congeniality is a film that tells the story of a female FBI agent who must go undercover in a beauty pageant to stop a terrorist bombing. It stars Sandra Bullock together with Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice Bergen.

Gracie Hart is an FBI Special Agent. The FBI learns that there has been a bomb threat against the 75th annual Miss United States beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas, which the bureau determines came from the notorious domestic terrorist known as "The Citizen". Gracie's partner, Special Agent Eric Matthews , is chosen to lead the mission to stop the attack.He acquires Gracie's assistance in the mission despite the fact that she was re-assigned to a desk job for there is an increase chance of success with her involvement in it.

Despite of a mediocre screenplay and an unoriginal premise,Sandra Bullock provides a great and memorable performance as Gracie that the viewer finds joy,delight and entertainment in the movie.She manages to carry the film all throughout that the viewer buys into its unrealistic events and fun that it provides.She managed to pull the movie from almost an average flick into a holiday charmer.

Bride Wars (2009)
A Chic Flick And Nothing More, 28 February 2015
4/10

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Liv and Emma are best friends who since childhood have planned every detail of their respective weddings.But a clerical error led to them to complicated events in this romantic comedy entitled,Bride Wars.The film stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway together with Candice Bergen, Bryan Greenberg, Chris Pratt, Steve Howey and Kristen Johnston.

Liv and Emma have planned everything for their respective weddings from their "must have" list that includes like the New York's ultimate bridal destination and the Plaza Hotel. They are both 26 years old and are scheduled to get married to live happily ever after. But a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates instead as both are to be married in the same date.Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won't settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years.As for Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled. Now, the two best friends who'd do anything for each other, find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out wedding war.

Too bad that both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway does not provide anything worthwhile nor memorable in this vehicle except catfights that barely elicits any laughter nor humor.It was basically bland,unimaginative and lacks creativity.But anyone who loves a chic flick will surely enjoy this movie especially fans of the lead actresses and those who love bridal gowns and wedding dresses.

Fonda Totally Outclassed Lopez, 27 February 2015
4/10

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After 15 years of absence in the movies,Jane Fonda returns in Monster-In-Law together with Jennifer Lopez and Michael Vartan.This film directed by Robert Kinetic tells the story of two women fighting over the same man.Only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this comedy.

Charlotte Cantilini meets Kevin Fields, a doctor who is charming, handsome, and wealthy. Kevin also has a famous mother, Viola Fields ,who has enjoyed a long and successful career as a news broadcaster. When Kevin and Charlie fall head over heels for one another, he opts to propose marriage to her as he's introducing Charlie to Viola over lunch. Meanwhile,Viola has just been fired from the anchor desk, and regards her son as the only anchor left in her life. Not willing to share Kevin with anyone, Viola sets out to sabotage his relationship with Charlie in any way. But once Charlie gets wind of Viola's schemes, she decides two battle for the affection of Kevin.

It was a wonderful return for Fonda on the big screen.She still is marvelous and talented as an actress as she steals the movie from Lopez as the latter was totally outclassed.Too bad that this resulted into a poor film.Their battle with one another just isn't as interesting as the story suggests.Too bad that their catfights isn't enough to provide humor and entertainment.What's worse,the romance between Lopez and Vartan is simply boring and uninteresting.It was just sad that Fonda had to appear this mediocre film on her return on screen.


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