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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

The Instant Critic sees the sequels: Reviews of Iron Man 2 and Ghostbusters 2

Welcome back, fellow film enthusiasts!

In case you missed last week’s post, two fascinating documentaries took center stage.

This week, we will head into the world of the sequel.

IRON MAN 2 (PG-13, 124 minutes – featuring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell)

In honor of the new trailer for The Avengers, let us take a look at Iron Man’s second big screen outing.

Iron Man 2 endured unnecessary criticism during its time in theaters. Some complained the film felt “rigid” or “unoriginal,” while others hailed the final product as “a lackluster follow-up to a true American gem.”

Yada. Yada. Yada.

Iron Man 2 serves its purpose to a fine degree of excellence. The sequel raises the stakes for Tony Stark, introduces an effective set of villains and bridges the film with the upcoming assembling of The Avengers – a superhero team consisting of such heavy hitters as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Agent Nick Fury.

Mickey Rourke creates a storm of fury as the vengeful Ivan Vanko, the disgruntled heir to a fallen legacy. Sam Rockwell adds to the villainy as Justin Hammer, Tony Stark’s conniving rival.

Director Jon Favreau deserves a pat on the back for maintaining the same spirit of fun that made the original a blast. Downey Jr. will always deliver as Stark, and Paltrow serves as a brilliant foil for Stark’s antics.

Iron Man 2 deserves your attention for providing a successful sequel to the original film.

GHOSTBUSTERS 2 (PG, 108 minutes – featuring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson)

While a third outing for the men with the Proton Packs might be far from reality, the second adventure for the busters qualifies for added fun to the series.

This time around, the gang must reunite to stop Vigo the Carpathian, an ancient evil who desires to return from the grave.

While the sequel does not live up to the original classic, you can still find plenty of enjoyment.

The joyous sensibilities of Ghostbusters find their way into the new installment, and the set pieces this time around almost match the grandiosity of the original.

Murray and crew also provide some excellent laughs.

While Ghostbusters 2 may not hold a scary bone in its body, humor flows in abundance.

I do recommend giving this silly sequel a try.

What say you? Are you a fan of sequels? Are you disgusted by the lack of original content in Hollywood? Let me know in the comments section!

As always, the lines are open for a few requests. Please let me know if there is a movie on Netflix Instant that you would like to see reviewed. I will feature the review with next week’s post.

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

The Instant Critic