Dinner for Schmucks is a remake of a French movie that is apparently funnier than this version. Zac Efron wants to move away from his teen movie roles, but making sappy movies like Charlie St. Cloud is probably not the way to do it. Then there’s another stupid talking cat and dog movie.
Dinner for Schmucks
Charlie St. Cloud
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Dinner for Schmucks
Directed: Jay Roach
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak
Synopsis: A group of friends invite the stupidest people they can to dinner so they can laugh at them.
My Take: It has people in it that I find funny, but the trailer just didn’t look funny.
RT Score: 52%
RT Consensus: It doesn’t honor its source material — or its immensely likable leads — as well as it should, but Dinner for Schmucks offers fitfully nourishing comedy.
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In the middle of May every year, the networks get together to show off the new shows they picked up, congratulate those that they renewed and try not to talk about the shows they canceled. Traditionally, each network takes over a day. A few years ago, NBC decided to ignore this week and announced everything they wanted to do early. When they did that FOX took over the Monday spot, but then NBC decided to go back to the upfront week and FOX wouldn’t give up their new spot. NBC decided to just keep having it on the same day instead of going to whatever day FOX used to be on. Weird tv networks.
What Was Canceled
What most people want to know is which of their favorite shows aren’t coming back next year. Everyone knows the horrible idea that was The Jay Leno Show isn’t coming back. Now that he shoved Conan O’Brien out of The Tonight Show, he took it back over to ratings that aren’t any better than when Conan was on the air. Good call there NBC.
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While the wide release looks pretty sad, it does look better in the limited releases with Chris Rock’s film about Good Hair, scandalous affair in An Education and plain craziness in Bronson. An Education and The Damn United both are certified fresh. I don’t care about the last one though because it’s about sports.
Directed: Peter Billingsley
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell
Synopsis: One couple thinks they are going to break up so they go to a beautiful resort to work through their problems, dragging their friends along with them.
My Take: The premise sounds good and I like the cast, but I didn’t laugh once during the trailer, which is a problem for a comedy.
RT Score: 12%
RT Consensus: Despite a talented cast and some reliably pleasant interplay between Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, Couples Retreat leaves viewers stranded in an arid, mirthless comedy.
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When I first heard about Monsters vs. Aliens, I thought it was the typical kid animation film that I could ignore, and I thought the blue blob was a bit of a ripoff from the green blob in Ghostbusters. I do find the trailers have won me over. The Haunting movie looks like it could be pretty creepy or it could be like all the other horror movies that come out these days and that could make it predictable. Finally, there is a movie directed by Renny Harlin who made the blockbuster Cutthroat Island! Don’t all line up for 12 Rounds at once.
Monsters vs. Aliens
Haunting in Connecticut
Monsters vs. Aliens
Directed: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogan
Synopsis: When aliens keep invading Earth, the government brings out its hidden stash of monsters to fight back.
My Take: It doesn’t look super fabulous, but pretty amusing and cute.
RT Score: 68%
RT Consensus: Though it doesn’t approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
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The wide releases contain something for anyone that doesn’t feel like laughing. No comedies are premiering this week. There is a Middle Eastern thrill from Ridley Scott; a futuristic movie dealing with people living underground, but their generator is about to go out; a feel good sports movie; and a horror movie involving a rare strain of rabies infecting people. The Duchess which was released in limited release a few weeks ago moved into wide release. There is a Certified Fresh movie in the Limited Releases. It is the latest movie from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake).
Body of Lies
City of Ember
Directed: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Johnathon Schaech, Columbus Short
Synopsis: A news reporter shows a fire department as they go out on a routine call to check on an elderly lady, but it turns out to be some kind of rabies infection. They are quarantined in the apartment building and no one will admit to what is happening inside, saying everyone has been evacuated and are safe.
My Take: Even though I skeptical about any current horror movies, this one looks like it has some actual scary parts to it, even if it might be predictable.
RT Score: 70%
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