Tag Archives: Amy Poehler

Inside Out: Rollercoaster of Emotions

MEET THE LITTLE VOICES INSIDE YOUR HEAD. In 2009, director Pete Docter had completed and released the phenomenal Pixar film Up when he started noticing things about his preteen daughter Elie. She was becoming more shy and reserved, going through a process that Docter recognized from his own childhood. As he looked into the science … Continue reading Inside Out: Rollercoaster of Emotions

Wet Hot American Summer

HIGH TIMES. HARD BODIES. SOFT ROCK. The writers, who were originally part of the MTV sketch comedy series The State, took their boyhood experiences from summer camps and worked them into this affectionate send-up of raunchy teen flicks of the 1970s/80s. Made in a kind of random style where we follow several kids and counselors … Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

THEY’RE GONNA ROCK THE BOAT! Dave (Jason Lee) and his chipmunks are on a cruise ship (surprisingly enough, so is their arch-enemy, Ian (David Cross))… but eventually they end up as castaways on a tropical island. The third movie in the series is a slight improvement on number two due to a change of scenery … Continue reading Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

When Dave (Jason Lee) ends up in hospital, Alvin and the chipmunks move in with his nephew (Zachary Levy) and go to high school where they face competition from three singing girl chipmunks. Kids may get something out of this sequel, but no one involved has put much of an effort into it. Not even David … Continue reading Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Monsters vs. Aliens

WHEN ALIENS ATTACK, MONSTERS FIGHT BACK.  On her wedding day, Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is subjected to radiation from a meteorite and grows into a giant; she’s locked up with a bunch of monsters, but they’re all sprung when aliens attack Earth. More than one creature looks like they belong in a 1950s sci-fi flick… … Continue reading Monsters vs. Aliens

Horton Hears a Who!

WHO-MONGOUS! An elephant called Horton discovers something that rocks his world – a speck of dust contains the entire miniature city of Whoville and all its citizens are in danger. Dr. Seuss’s second novel about Horton turned into a popular animated short feature in 1970, but this is a new, expanded version. There is nothing … Continue reading Horton Hears a Who!

Southland Tales

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS.  In the near future, America has turned into a police state and a German company offers an energy solution that has unimaginable consequences. The Donnie Darko director delivered a long-winded, confusing snorefest with overly ambitious ideas coupled with too much silliness that was widely derided by critics. A … Continue reading Southland Tales

Shrek the Third

THE WAIT IS OGRE! When the King of Far, Far Away dies, Shrek is next in line to the throne; he refuses to shoulder the mantle and goes on a quest with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the next man in line. There isn’t much left of the first film’s ingenious satire and the … Continue reading Shrek the Third

Man of the Year

COULD THIS MAN BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT? Late-night comedian Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) is urged by fans to run for president; he agrees to do it and ends up winning the election, but a computer engineer (Laura Linney) suspects fraud. Two years before Al Franken ran for the U.S. Senate, director Barry Levinson delivered another … Continue reading Man of the Year

Mr. Woodcock

LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST IS HARD… ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S DATING YOUR MOM.  Best-selling writer John Farley (Seann William Scott) is horrified to learn that his mother (Susan Sarandon) is now dating the man who turned his childhood into a nightmare – gym teacher Jasper Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton). From the director who made Lars … Continue reading Mr. Woodcock

The Ex

CREDIT-GRABBING, BACK-STABBING, WIFE-NABBING. JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE.  Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) goes to work for his father-in-law at an ad agency and starts feuding with a wheelchair-bound childhood friend (Jason Bateman) of his wife’s. One of those movies with a cast of TV personalities and a script loaded with sitcom dialogue; when so … Continue reading The Ex