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The Instant Critic bids farewell

Greetings, fellow film enthusiasts!

In case you missed last week, Johnny Depp led us into the world of Rango.

This week, I’ve decided to offer up two “mini-reviews” to keep your cinematic thirst quenched over the dog days of exam week.

WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” (PG, 111 minutes)

A stirring documentary about the current state of public education, “Waiting for Superman” brings up many hard-hitting questions concerning its subject. By interviewing experts in the field, the film captivates with its call for change. I wholeheartedly recommend giving this film a try.

MEET THE PARENTS (PG-13, 107 minutes – featuring Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Teri Polo and Bltyhe Danner)

Easily one of my favorite comedies, Meet the Parents paints a vivid picture in the relationship of a kindly male nurse (Stiller) and his girlfriend’s prickly father (DeNiro). The film features some classic laughs that will leave you howling. Stiller and DeNiro joyously collide for a dynamic pairing. This is a film not to be missed.

What say you? Do you plan to spend your down time during exam week catching up on a few movies?

I must say that offering up reviews these past 10 weeks has been a true pleasure! I hope that over these past few weeks, you have found a film or two to enjoy and possibly return to in the future.

After all, who doesn’t love a good movie?

If you don’t mind, I’d love to know the best movie that you might have watched recommended in a previous post!

I hope everyone has a legendary summer at the movies. It’s going to be a good one.

Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movies always wonderful.

The Instant Critic

The Instant Critic travels to Dirt

Greetings, fellow film enthusiasts!

In case you missed last week, the poorly done Limitless caught our attention.

This week, we head into the world of computer animation to take a look at a Johnny Depp-led feature!

RANGO (PG, 107 minutes – features the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Ned Beatty and Bill Nighy)

After years at sea with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, director Gore Verbinski successfully ventured into the world of computer animation with the brilliantly madcap Rango.

The story is as ingenious as they come. After being stranded in the desert, Rango the lizard (Depp) comes across the town of Dirt, a miniature Dodge City filled to the brim with stock Western characters. After the town’s water supply goes missing, Rango falsely dons the persona of a gung-ho sheriff and leads the townsfolk on a quest to find the culprit.

The vibrant animation pops out of the screen, as do the zany cast of critters. The screenplay thrives on originality, offering a wondrous alternative the typical theatrical fare.

Depp’s voice work on the character shines, though. He and Verbinski are always such an effective duo.

The film qualifies as a rarity – a zany, sharp excursion into sheer creativity. This film deserves your immediate attention.

If you are feeling like the silver screen would be more satisfying than the one on your computer this weekend, I wholeheartedly recommend The Hunger Games. I’m sure I don’t have to do too much persuading on that front.

The film Undefeated, a documentary filmed in Tennessee, focuses on a Memphis high school football team looking to win its first playoff game. The film compels and moves in a way that stands unique. If you are through with the Districts for now, I hope you give this powerful documentary a try. The film is currently showing at the Green Hills 16.

What say you? Do you prefer watching a movie in the theater compared to your computer? Let us know in the comment section.

Next week, we will wrap things up with the final post of the semester.

Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movie wonderful.

The Instant Critic