Archive for November, 2011

Fox 2000 Pictures, Blossom Films, Mid Atlantic Films

Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith, Andie MacDowell, Brett Cullen, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Luke Bracey, Catherine Tate, Pierre Boulanger

Grace (Selena Gomez) just graduated and is on a trip to Paris with her best friend and her step-sister for a week long vacation. But suddenly they’re whisked away to Monte Carlo on a private jet because Grace is mistaken for Coredelia Winthrop Scott, a British heiress who’s worth a fortune. Scared to death that they’re going to get caught, the decide to seize the moment and enjoy the fortune and fame as long as it lasts.

This is a cute movie for the pre-teens (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez fans) who haven’t seen it before, but this film has been done before, a number of times. Hillary Duff has done it, and even the Olsen Twins have done it. It’s even close to the “Prince and the Pauper” story way back in the times of Mark Twain. This is just a two people who look exactly alike who get mistaken for one another story. That being said, it’s cute, the actors are cute, and the music is current. So for the younger (girls especially) who haven’t seen this done before, I suspect they will love it. But if you’re a grown up, you’re probably going to get bored. It’s a little too contrived, and too similar to what we’ve seen before.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s very cute, and very well made. So if you’re in the right demographic, you’re going to love it! This is something I have never done before, so please excuse me, but I am going to copy a review directly from a Netflix user’s review to illustrate my point about the age appropriateness of this movie. It’s so cute, I wanted to share it with my readers:

User Review of Monte Carlo from www.netflix.com

OMG!!!!!!!!! It is like the BEST movie in the world!!!!!!! If you can not decide if you want to see it or not you should TOTALLY see it.Selena Gomez is the best actress in that movie.She plays two parts and she is good at both of them! This is a chick flick so make sure you watch it.If you do not know what Monte Carlo is about go on youtube and see the trailer.There is also some clips from the movie you should see. PLEASE WATCH BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & Co. KG (I), Foresight Unlimited, Modern VideoFilm

Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Tambor, Mekhi Phifer, Tim Blake Nelson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Curtis Armstrong, Octavia Spencer, Rob Huebel, John Ventimiglia

Tripp (Patrick Dempsey) walks into the bank to get some change. The teller is a recently “engaged” Kaitlin (Ashley Judd) who Tripp instantly falls for. But suddenly the bank is being robbed by two different gangs. Tripp has a unique talent at extreme multitasking. SO his neurotic fast speaking way of talking takes us along for the ride, plus he’s always a step or two ahead of everyone else. But nothing is at all as it appears. Tripp takes Kaitlin and the rest of us through his thought process step by step by step as he unravels what’s really going on at a frantic pace.

This film was a great surprise. I didn’t expect it to be very good, but was I wrong. This movie is a lot like “Clue” in the way the mystery is solved (and explained to the audience) but it’s really funny. The Peanut Butter and Jelly gang are easily as incompetent as “The Apple Dumpling Gang” and the other gang is hard core and very technical. But nobody knows what’s really going on and who’s being manipulated by whom until the final credits. It’s a very funny movie. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of films like “Dog Day Afternoon” or “Ocean’s Eleven” or anything like that in the crime comedy genre. You’ll be caught up in the action while you laugh you head off at the funny caper. It’s a really good film.

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Chesler/Perlmutter Productions

Judd Nelson, Justin Landry, Natalie Brown, John Flemming, Sante Scaletta, Connor Price, David keeley, Robert Latimer, Jean Yoon, David Gingrich, Deborah Grover, Frank McAnulty

Santa Claus (Judd Nelson) is in trouble. Because of the terrible attitude in the world, Christmas is about to be cancelled permanently. Santa has one chance, to go down to the mainland, and prove that there still is some Christmas spirit around. So with his head elf in tow, Randal (Justin Landry) they head to take a job as a school janitor at a high school with some troubled kids. Two boys in particular are pranking their way into the record books of naughty. But one of the boys, the ringleader, is a rich kid who lost his mother the year before and his father, to deal with his own grief, has thrown himself into his work neglecting the son who needs him so much. Learning to give instead of receive is what these boys need, and Kris Frost (Santa) as the school janitor sets off on his task trying to reach them, and touch them.

I went into this film thinking it was going to be very silly. I really was expecting to hate it from the get go, and the first few minutes didn’t disappoint me. But as I got into the story, I found it a lot better than I ever expected. Yes, this is a Hallmark holiday film from last year, being repeated this year, but it’s actually a pretty decent story. The kids are really not bad, but acting out based upon the lot they’ve been given. They have redeeming qualities and just need some pushing to realize that they are not really evil. Their school teacher and his son has a lot to do with whether they will make it or not. It’s really not corny, as I expected, and has a lot of really good acting. The story is strong enough to carry you for a couple hours, and it’s really a very warm and friendly little Christmas movie. I think it’s one that well worth tracking down if you haven’t seen it before. It’s a nice little film.


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Breakthrough Films and Television, Buffalo Gal Pictures

Jennifer Finnigan, Natalie Brown, Cedric Smith, Nola Augustson, Stefano DiMatteo, Morgan Kelly, Mike O’Brien, Jennifer Pudavick

Shadow Island Mysteries is a series of Movies that takes place on an island in the Canadian wilderness. The Last Christmas is part of the series. In this film, the grandfather (Raymond La Foret) called the whole family to a cabin on Shadow Island for Christmas. Claire is the key character of all the Shadow Mysteries stories. We are told that Claire’s mother died mysteriously on Christmas 5 years before. In that time the family has not gotten together. There is some bad blood between some of the family. Grandfather loves games, and before announcing that he has a terminal illness and it will be his last Christmas announces that he is setting up the “Jean La Foret Memorial Puzzle” in memory of his lost wife. The rules are simple. Solve the puzzle and inherit the fortune. Everyone else will get nothing.

This film is appearing this season on Showtime. It’s an unusual Christmas story as it’s a real mystery. For mystery buffs, this is perfect, as it’s a though provoking Christmas mystery, and those are rare. Will the family be able to solve the mystery before something really bad happens. This is an excellent mystery, very compelling, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Additionally it makes me want to check out some of the other films in the series. It is a very well done story, and the actors do a great job. They all stand out, and it’s a pleasure to watch.

And the name of the killer is………………….

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Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tegan Moss, Emily Alyn Lind, Max Charles

Jess Sanford is a gruff farmer who’s lost his young son a while ago. A new resident, Tom Marks (John Corbett), shows up at the farm in August asking if Jess Has any pumpkins for sale, in August!! Jess thinks and thinks about the question, but when he returns asking if there are any Christmas Trees for sale, Jess puts two and two together and figures out what is going on. Tom is moving all the holidays up because his daughter Vanessa is very ill and may never make it until Halloween or Christmas. But the point of the story is about Jess, and his withdrawal from humanity until he learned to overcome his sorrow by helping other people.

November Christmas is a wonderful Hallmark “Christmas” story even though the holiday is celebrated in November. The characters are charming, and the story is very touching. It gets a bit weepy and overly sappy in the end, but most holiday stories do that. This one is a great touching story that will make you realize the blessings you have, and the importance of those you love in your life. This movie premiered on Hallmark last year, and though not available on DVD yet, probably will be in the near future. But if you get a chance to see it on TV this season, go out of your way to watch it. It’s a wonderful film.

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