Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Sex and the City 2"

Before I delve into this movie, I should probably warn you that I am biased: I started watching the TV series my senior year of college, on TBS, and immediately became hooked. I thought that the first movie was so-so - I missed Carrie's narrating - but I was still excited to see the sequel, and now I can happily report that my excitement was justified.

Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?") and Mr. Big (Chris Noth, TV's "The Good Wife") have been married for two years now, and she is starting to get restless. Their lives have become a little mundane, and though she's glad she still isn't single, she longs for the days of "going out on the town" that she and Big used to have. Meanwhile, Charlotte (Kristin Davis, "Couples Retreat") is starting to become overwhelmed by raising her two young girls; Miranda (Cynthia Nixon, "Lymelife") is having problems with a new boss at work; and Samantha (Kim Cattrall, "The Ghost Writer") has just been offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to do some PR work. The solution? Bringing her three best friends along with her for the trip of their lives, of course.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Just Wright"

"Just Wright" takes the traditional rom-com (romantic comedy) formula and puts a spin on it - the main leads are a basketball player and a physical therapist. The movie was definitely cute, and entertaining throughout most of it, but unfortunately it also had a lot of clich├ęs, especially near the end of the film.

Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah, "Valentine's Day") is a physical therapist and an avid Nets fan. She has the fortune of running into their star player, Scott McKnight (rapper Common, "Date Night"), at a gas station, and he invites her to his birthday party, which is taking place the next night. She brings her gorgeous friend Morgan (Paula Patton, "Precious") to the party, and Scott become enthralled with her; soon, they are engaged. When Scott injures his knee in a basketball game, however, all bets are off - he is no longer the star player for the Nets, and as a result, Morgan leaves him. Leslie becomes Scott's live-in physical therapist, and while working with him, she helps him get his game back, in more ways than one.

Friday, May 7, 2010

"Get Him to the Greek"

I received tickets to see an early preview of "Get Him to the Greek" the same day of the preview, and I pretty much begged one of my parents to go see it with me. I knew it wouldn't be coming out in theaters until June 4th, so I was excited to see it so early, and my college, the University of Michigan, had done a very early screening a few weeks ago, which I didn't get to attend, so I had been wanting to see it. In hindsight, however, I should have stayed home.

"Get Him to the Greek" follows Aaron (Jonah Hill, "Funny People"), an intern at a record company, who has just been given the biggest assignment of his life: retrieve rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") from London and get him back to L.A. for his 10th year anniversary concert at the Greek Theater. Aaron's boss, Sergio (Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, "Monster's Ball"), warns him that Aldous is crazy and can be unpredictable; Aaron figures it can't be THAT hard to get him on a transatlantic flight to Los Angeles. He soon finds out, however, he is in for way more than he bargained for.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Iron Man 2"

I almost went in to this sequel without seeing the first movie; I only saw "Iron Man" for the first time on DVD a few weeks ago. However, "Iron Man 2" explains itself so well so that you don't need to have seen the original movie in order to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy this sequel.

Now that the world know that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes") is Iron Man, the government wants his Iron Man suits, claiming that they are a weapon. Stark, however, has bigger things to worry about, when Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler") attempts to kill him using a suit very similar to Stark's own, except with electrical whips as arms. Vanko's father has recently passed away, and he harbors a grudge against Stark's family since Vanko and Stark's father used to work together, until Stark's father had him deported back to Russia. Stark is also dying - his blood toxicity is going up due to the palladium that is keeping him alive and killing him at the same time.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"

"Prince of Persia" was apparently based on an older video game, and some of the action scenes indeed seem to mimic that style - you almost felt as if you were playing a character in a video game. "Prince of Persia," in fact, might just be the perfect summer movie - high on action (for the guys), featuring the attractive Jake Gyllenhaal (for the girls), and coming off as interesting but also a little fluffy. The perfect mix for a chill-out summer movie.

Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal, "Brothers") was adopted by the king when he was an orphan in the streets, and he has two brothers (blood heirs to the throne) and an uncle (Ben Kingsley, "Shutter Island"). When he and his brothers conquer the nearby holy city, his father is given a sacred cloak, which we soon find out is poisoned; the father thrashes violently after he puts the cloak on, and dies shortly thereafter. Since Dastan gave him the cloak, he is immediately assumed to be a traitor, and soon he is running for his life. Before this, Dastan met the Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton, "Clash of the Titans") of the holy city, who was supposed to marry his brother, and she serves as his accomplice to escape the city and the reward that is now being offered for his return. Tamina was formerly in possession of a dagger that can turn back time, and since Dastan now possesses it, Tamina wants to get it back. The dagger can be used for good, but also for evil if put in the wrong hands; Tamina is concerned with getting the dagger to a safe place.