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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, LBI Productions,

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Kate (Leslie Mann) are a happy couple, but things are getting strange. Mark spends all his time working and training for a marathon, until Carly (Cameron Diaz) shows up to surprise Mark and finds his wife at home. Pretty soon they figure out that Mark is sharing himself with both of them and they form a strange kind of bond until they meet Amber (Kate Upton) who is also out with Mark. Then they plan a stunning revenge.

This is a refreshing romantic comedy that reinforces the belief that men are simply pigs. Mark is the absolute pig, lying, cheating, stealing, embezzling, and just a rotten guy. Of course These girls aren’t all so innocent either, but he deserves everything they would like to give him. But this isn’t a new story. First Wives Club did it better as did Addicted to Love when Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan set out to get revenge on their significant others. It was a very pleasant diversion, and has some really good laughs along the way. Kate Upton is fabulous to look at, and does make you feel sorry for what’s happened to Cameron Diaz who is still beautiful, but really showing the wear and tear these days. And Nicki Minaj is only on screen a few times, and doesn’t have a lot of squeaky whining voice parts, so if you’re really sneaky, you can check your phone or pay attention to the last few Skittles in the bottom of the bag while she is on screen.

Really, I did enjoy this film. I didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was, although a lot of the best jokes are in the trailer (I hate it when they do that), but it still had plenty of laugh out loud moments that the whole audience seemed to enjoy. All the actors did a pretty good job, although I don’t think Kate Upton is as bad as she appears here. She is supposed to be the beautiful dummy, and she pulls that off really easily. All in all, the girls in your life are probably going to get a kick out of this and it’s definitely not that bad for a guy to have to sit through. So if she gives in to your superhero movies, give her a break and take her to see this one. It’s bound to be a lot of fun.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday April 29, 2014

  • Bad Country (R)
  • The Best Offer (R)
  • Devil’s Due (R) [Click Here for Ed’s Review]
  • Escape from Tomorrow
  • Gimme Shelter (PG-13)
  • Gloria (R)
  • Labor Day (PG-13)
  • The Rocket
  • The Selfish Giant

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Exclusive Media Group, Hammer Film Productions, Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC),

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Olivia Cooke, Rory Fleck-Byrne

A professor, Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) puts together a team of college students to do some experiments on a very troubled young girl, Jane (Olivia Cooke). Professor Coupland rejects any ideas of paranormal and believes that it’s just manifestation of negative energy that can be extracted and captured. Jane soon brings out Evey, the evil spirit which does harm to Jane and to the other students who have her locked up in a remote house for their experiments as the ratchet the pressure up step by step with their tests. Soon everything is out of control.

This new horror film bears the headlines, “Based on true events”. Uh, no. Technically it’s based on an idea from the 70’s in Canada where a team tried to figure out if you could create a ghost in your mind, something like that. It bears no similarity at all to this movie. This is really far fetched. It is a really scary film, but the scary stuff is much more bangs and screams at unexpected times, and is sort of a Halloween horror maze type of film. There isn’t really much going on here. Reality is pretty thin, and they really rely on the excellent speaker systems in today’s theater to scare you, although someone sitting behind you with a metal pan and a spoon could whack it from time to time and scare you about the same amount.

There seems to be a market for horror films right now. There haven’t been a lot lately. But I have a feeling this one won’t do much box office wise. It just doesn’t have enough going for it to make it at today’s box office prices. When we saw this, we chose the bargain matinee price and picked a 5PM showing. We were alone in the theater (on opening day) for quite a while when two or three groups of very young teens (probably 12 or 13 for the most part) and sat scattered around the theater. They kicked seats, talked out loud, laughed and giggled, and enjoyed playing like kids in a playground and paid very little attention to anything. I guess that goes to show how little was going on here. Another complaint….a student was recruited to be the “cameraman” and document everything that happens. That gives them the license to use the handheld camera to run down the hall making everyone sick once again. I’ve already complained about “found footage” movies before. Fortunately most of the film is really filmed, and the camera work was pretty well done throughout. The main problem with this movie is that it just doesn’t build much in the way of suspense, and it relies on cheap startle type scares to keep you on the edge of the seat. I would say this is okay when it eventually hits the video market, but I don’t recommend this one, especially in the theater. It’s just not that good.

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Fusion Films (II), Future Films, The Sommers Company,

Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Shuler Hensley, Leonor Varela, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, Melissa Ordway, Kyle McKeever

Odd Thomas(Anton Yelchin) is a strange fellow who has paranormal powers, specifically, the ability to see dead people. He lives in a very small town in the California desert, and the folks in town understand his special powers and depend on him to let them know when something awful is about to happen. But this time he sees something big coming, and with the assistance of his girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the town Sheriff Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe) he sets off on a mission to stop the evil from coming. Based on the Dean Koonz best seller.

Dean Koonz is a excellent writer. I have been given chills by a good many of his books. Somehow I have missed the Odd Thomas books. I have heard many of the fans of his book have been deeply disappointed in this movie because it is nowhere near as rich as the stories it’s based upon. That is probably true as it is with most movies based on a popular novel. It’s hard to complete in a 90 minute movie with a whole book. But Koonz is an interesting writer, and he does know how to write a creepy story. This is one of those. I think what I liked most about it was how bizarre and off the wall it was. There was nothing normal about this story. I also had the weird feeling that I was watching “whatever happened to that kid from Sixth Sense?” It was an unusual tale and that’s what I found interesting about it. It could have been an Outer Limits episode, with all the twists and unexpected turns that it took, and I found myself sucked into the story and enjoying it all the way. Parts are a little silly, as are the shadow creatures that show up when something really bad is about to happen, and perhaps it was a little on the shallow side. There’s really no life altering changes taking place here. But it was a lot of fun, and very interesting and just an enjoyable experience to watch. Now I’m debating on looking up the book as it would probably add a lot of back story to the tale.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday April 22, 2014

  • Barefoot
  • Bettie Page Reveals All
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • A Farewell to Fools
  • The Suspect
  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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