Funny People is the only one that looks good in the wide releases. Out of the limited releases, the quirky love story, Adam appears to be the most interesting, and the documentary about Oz films would be interesting to catch on cable.
Aliens in the Attic
Directed: Judd Apatow
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill
Synopsis: A wealthy comedian-turned-movie star is dying, and he hires an up-and-coming stand-up comedian to write jokes for him, while also mourning the one woman he let get away.
My Take: I do really enjoy Judd Apatow movies, and his movies continue to become more mature, unlike the movies made by his “crew”.
RT Score: 65%
RT Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow’s most mature film to date.
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I give the director credit for making the movie as exciting as it was to watch based on the book it came from. This book filled in a lot of backstory about Voldemort, but did spend most of the time with Harry watching various memories from Dumbledore and other people’s past that had to do with Voldemort. That doesn’t really make for an exciting screen translation. It was interesting to read though. That was half the book while the other half was filled with the kids growing up and acting on their feelings towards each other or just others in general. I love that part of the book since young love can be hilarious, heartbreaking and stupid all at the same time. I thought that part of the movie was done really well, but did take up a good portion of the first half of the movie.
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It is just reality shows this upcoming week and none that interest me.
Season Finale: The Bachelorette, Deadliest Catch, Next Food Network Star
Not My Thing
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Starring: Kandi Burruss, Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell
Premieres: Thursday, July 30
Synopsis: Backstabbing, drama, shopping, drama, gossip spreading, drama, big hoop earrings and more drama.
My Take: I can see the fascination and draw, but it would be too much for me after about five minutes.
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The wide releases are pretty sad and most likely movies that didn’t want to try too hard to compete against Harry Potter. At least one limited release look good, In the Loop.
The Ugly Truth
The Ugly Truth
Directed: Robert Luketic
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, Nick Searcy
Synopsis: A guy must teach a woman how to play all these games to “catch” the man of her dreams, but of course they’ll end up together in the end.
My Take: I like the two leads, but the story looks very unappealing.
RT Score: 15%
RT Consensus: Despite the best efforts of Butler and Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.
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I shouldn’t be interested in a show that follows a group of British teenagers. I can’t get into Gossip Girl or the relaunched 90210. I ignored this show when it first came out. It aired on BBC America last year while already airing earlier than that in the U.K. I had heard good things about it, but couldn’t get myself to even try it out. Then for some odd reason, I decided I needed to see what the fuss was about it. There are three seasons, each with 10 episodes a piece. I pretty much watched all three seasons in one weekend. That was over a week ago. I am ready to watch more, but I don’t even know if there will be any more.
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Torchwood! Torchwood! Torchwood!
Torchwood: Children of Earth is on five nights in a row starting on Monday night and ending on Friday. If you have BBC America, I recommend that you watch it, even if you haven’t watched the previous two seasons. It is excellent and you can pick up the back story of previous seasons after this miniseries event has you hooked. They are available on DVD.
Season/Series Finale: Samantha Who?, Chopping Block, Kings, Primeval
Pick of the Week
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen
Premieres: Monday, July 20
Synopsis: All the children of Earth keep stopping at the same exact time and then all start chanting, “We are coming.” Creepy!
My Take: I have seen it and it is fantastic. The show is a spin-off of Doctor Who, but is sexier and funnier. This miniseries focuses more on the thrilling and darker aspects of the show, but I hope it gets more people hooked on it.
Two movies I want to see come out this week. The most recent Harry Potter and 500 Days of Summer. I really like Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so I hope it is adorable and not too quirky.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Directed: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: The sixth in the series where Harry learns about the childhood of Voldemort while the kids all fall in love.
My Take: I have to see all the movies since I loved the book series. I’m also curious how they’ll make an action-packed movie when most of the book was spent in flashbacks.
RT Score: 84%
RT Consensus: Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.
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Christine has a boring job at a bank as a loan officer. She really wants a promotion to assistant manager, but her boss is being a jerk. Even though she has experience, he threatens to promote new guy, Stu, because he’s aggressive even though he doesn’t know everything yet since Christine still has to train him. Christine has a great boyfriend who likes her, even though she used to live on a farm, which apparently is the worst thing in the world according to his rich mother. She has to deal with many headaches in her day-to-day life before a gypsy woman makes it even worse.
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ABC continues to burn off the rest of its canceled shows. Dirty Sexy Money now has its turn on Saturday nights to air the rest of its episodes.
Pick of the Week
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge
Premieres: Wednesday, July 15
Synopsis: A group of con artists pull jobs to screw over the big guys and help out the little ones.
My Take: It is great summer, escapist fare with a good cast that has great chemistry. Also, the second season is filming in Portland!
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I find it funny that Bruno is Certified Fresh. I heard people have been walking out of this movie due to it being too gay. Apparently they missed the trailers and the point. There are a couple more Certified Fresh movies in the limited releases–Soul Power about the concert that went with the Rumble in the Jungle and Humpday about two guys trying to make porn.
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Directed: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
Synopsis: Bruno is a gay Austrian fashion designer who wants to make it big in U.S.
My Take: Borat was offensive and hilarious. I imagine this would be the same.
RT Score: 70%
RT Consensus: Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.
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