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Rating: PG 13 on appeal for sexual content and language Genre: Comedy Starring:Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, John Favreau, Kristen Davis, Faizon Love Director: Peter Billingsley Plot: Based on an original idea of Vaughn’s, the comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resorts couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples. The film also stars Kali Hawk and Jean Reno. –© Universal Pictures Running time: 1 hr. … what happens if a girl takes viagra

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Friday Night at the Movies – Reviews of
Fame 2009, Pandorum, Surrogates & The Informant

This week at the movies…Reviews of Fame, Pandorum,  Surrogates, & The Informant Fame 2009 Rating: PG [See Full Rating] for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language Genre: Musical and Performing Arts Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker, Bebe Neuwirth Director: Kevin Tancharoen A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a… Plot: A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their … Read entire article »

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All About Steve – Movie Review

Rating: PG 13 for sexual innuendo Genre: Comedy Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Hayden Church, Ken Jeong Director: Phil Traill Plot: Sandra Bullock plays eccentric crossword puzzle constructor Mary Horowitz who, after one short blind date, falls for handsome cable news cameraman Steve (Cooper). Convinced they are soul mates, Mary follows Steve across the country, encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Church). Along the way, Mary befriends an endearing group of oddballs who embrace her idiosyncrasies. –© Fox Kate says: 2 1/2 stars  The critics HATE this movie, calling it one of the worst movies ever.  It seems the public agrees as it’s done poorly in the ratings, even though Sandra Bullock usually guarantees some box office success. I did not HATE this movie, in fact I found myself laughing … Read entire article »

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Friday Night at the Movies – New Releases 9/11/09

I am a movie L-O-V-E-R!  There’s no way around it.  If I have a chance to go out and have some fun, chances are likely it’ll be at a movie theater.  I love the smell of the popcorn as I walk into the theater lobby.  I love the cool, dark theater where no one can bother you (hopefully) for a good two hours.  I love escaping to another world for an adventure – whether it be funny, sad, suspenseful or action-packed. Sometimes movies open my mind to new ways of viewing the world.   Sometimes movies teach me something new.  Sometimes movies motivate me or make me angry.  But really, most importantly,  I just want to be entertained pure and simple. So on that note…here are two of this week’s new releases … Read entire article »

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District 9 – Movie Review

Rating:  R for bloody violence and pervasive language Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Mandla Gaduka Director: Neill Blomkamp Plot:  The film is presented as part- mock-umentary/part live action.  A giant spaceship has arrived at Earth and, after bypassing cities like New York and Chicago, it comes to hover over Johannesburg, South Africa. It hangs there in mid-air, motionless, until an expedition from Earth arrives and cuts its way into the ship. Inside, the humans find millions of alien worker drones, sick and malnourished, and a massive operation is begun to transport the aliens from their ship to the ground, feed them, and give them a new “home.” Unfortunately, good intentions are not enough, and the alien habitat, District 9, becomes more of a concentration camp than a refuge camp.  … Read entire article »

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G. I. Joe: Rise of Cobra – Movie Review

Rating: PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout. Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Dennis Quiad, Channing Tatum, Seinna Miller, Marlon Wayans Director:Stephen Sommers Plot: Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “TRANSFORMERS,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I…. Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “TRANSFORMERS,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is directed by … Read entire article »

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Julie & Julia – Movie Review

Rating: PG 13 for brief strong language and some sensuality Genre: Comedy Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina Director: Nora Ephron Plot: Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is Julie Powell in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. –© Sony Kate says~4 stars I absolutely enjoyed  everything about this movie.  Meryl Streep does a truly amazing job portraying Julia Child.  Amy Adams is also a perfect  Julie.  Nary a special effect to be … Read entire article »

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500 Days of Summer

Rated: PG 13 for sexual material and language Genre: Comedy Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly Director: Mark Webb This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 Days of Summer, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true-to-life and unique dissectio Plot:  This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 Days of Summer, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true-to-life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair. Tom, the boy, still believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the notion of a transforming, cosmically destined, lightning-strikes-once kind of love. Summer, the girl, doesn’t. Not at … Read entire article »

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Aliens In The Attic – Movie Review

Aliens In The Attic Rated: PG [See Full Rating] for action violence, some suggestive humor and language. Genre: Comedy Starring: Kevin Nealon, Robert Hoffman, Doris Roberts, Tim Meadows, Ashley Tisdale Director: John Shultz Synopsis: . Aliens in the Attic, co-scripted by one of the writers of Madagascar and the Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbits, is an adventure/comedy about kids on a family vacation who must fight off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-destroying ambitions—while the youngsters’ parents remain clueless about the battle. –© 20th Century Fox Kate says – 2 1/2 stars This movie is not as bad as the previews make it look.  It’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours with your kids and not be worried about inappropriate language or scenes.  I took two … Read entire article »

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Movie Review – G-Force

G Force Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor Genre:  Action/ Adventure Starring:  Nicholas Cage, Steve Buscemi, Will Arnett, Penelope Cruz Director:  Hoyt Yeatman Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-Force, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in… Plot:  Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-Force, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-Force are guinea pigs Darwin (voice of SAM ROCKWELL), the squad leader determined to succeed at … Read entire article »

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rating: PG for scary images, some violence language and mild sensuality Genre: Science Fiction – Fantasy Staring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton Director: David Yates Plot: Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but… Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Woohoo!
It’s (Harry) Potter-time!

Harry Potter fans have been waiting for 2 long years AND 4 days for the release of the next Harry Potter movie installment…Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  It opens at 12:01 July 15.  Some crazies in my neighborhood (and I use that term affectionately) my family and myself included, had a pre-pre Harry Potter premier party…because we just couldn’t wait one more night. Here are some ideas for your own Potter Party. We made quick and easy wands from tree branches.  Just shave off the bark (or leave some on in a spiral) and then decoupage.   Great for casting spells.  Expelliarmus!!! (Which by the way, is a disarming spell which produces a jet of scarlet light, in case you didn’t already know that.) We also made Snitch hair clips out of spray-painted … Read entire article »

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My Sister’s Keeper

Rating: PG 13 mature thematic content, some distubring images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking Genre: Drama Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abagail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva Director: Nick Cassavetes Plot: Sara and Brian are living an idyllic life with their young son and daughter, Jesse and Kate, when they receive heartbreaking news that leads them to make an unorthodox choice in order to save… Sara and Brian are living an idyllic life with their young son and daughter, Jesse and Kate, when they receive heartbreaking news that leads them to make an unorthodox choice in order to save Kate’s life. Their decision eventually raises both ethical and moral questions, ultimately setting off a court case that reveals surprising truths and challenges everyone’s perceptions of love and loyalty, giving new meaning to the definition … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…

Betcha didn’t know…this Harry Potter fact.  Quidditch makes a grand return in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  This is the first time a full game of Quidditch will be shown in a movie since the second film. According to Wikipedea… Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by J. K. Rowling`for the Harry Potter book series. It is described as an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches around the world. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals. In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch holds a fervent following similar to football (soccer) as a globally popular sport. Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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Public Enemies

Rating: R for  gangster violence and some language Genre: drama Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke Director: Michael Mann Plot: Johnny Depp stars as legendary gangster, John Dillinger, and Christian Bale plays FBI agent Melvin Purvis.  The movie follows the story of the last few months of Dillinger’s life and Purvis’ pursuit of serving justice. Kate says: 3  stars     Depp and Bale do not disappoint.  Excellent performances by both.  This movie plays more like a documentary, than the typical sensationalized gangster movie, and I like that.  It’s a nice change to go to a movie about bad guys and not end up rooting for them. Ebert: 3 1/2  stars Reelviews: 3 stars Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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