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Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it yet again; Tyler Perry sure can write a drama-filled story. His latest black-opera (black soap opera) is no different. Why Did I Get Married Too? continues the telling and going-on’s of four married couples and lifelong friends from its 2007 predecessor. The entire cast returns to try to answer that question that almost everyone who has ever been married or even engaged may ask themselves: “Why?”

Terry and Diane (Tyler Perry & Sharon Leal) are the first couple that we meet and it seems they have recovered from their episode in the first film quite well now with two children and seemingly more in love than ever before. Marcus and Angela (Michael Jai White & Tasha Smith) are still the ever arguing and constant bickering duo that they were before and the audience wonders how they haven’t managed to split up yet or kill each other for that matter. Troy and Sheila (Lamman Rucker & Jill Scott) are still together after Sheila’s disastrous marriage to Mike (Richard T. Jones), have moved to the south and have come across some financial issues. Gavin and Patricia (Malik Yoba & Janet Jackson) seem like they might be fine but are obviously concealing some possible issues from the rest of their friends.

She's Out of my League

I think everyone has been there at one point or another in their lives. Either you have been the half of a couple who is considered the average-looking one and your better half is somewhat of a super hottie or perhaps it’s been the other way around where as you are the “dymepiece” of the relationship and your partner is the one shivering away in your shadow. Regardless what your situation, I think everyone can relate. She’s Out of my League puts this situation on the screen for all to scratch their heads together and present the question that real life is afraid to ask; “What does she see in him?” Or the other way around of course.

Jay Baruchel plays Kirk, an average guy who works airport security and is still not over his ex-girlfriend from years past. With nothing very special about him, he works with his friends, has a run-down car and his ex-girlfriend still hangs out with his parents and family with her new boyfriend. One day a near perfect woman comes through the security checkpoint and loses her phone. Who should happen to find it but Kirk. He eventually returns it to its owner whose name is Molly. For whatever reason, she takes a liking to him and they begin dating.

Vampires Suck (2010)

The popularity of the genre that is the spoof comedy is currently at a steady trickle down. Actually, it’s more like a down pour of mediocre and downright bad projects and moviegoers are stuck outside with no umbrella. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Apparently there are a lot of anti-Twilight supporters out there and even more anti-vampire picketers because someone saw it necessary to construct a film making fun of them. Although Vampires Suck mainly takes shots at the Twilight Saga, it incorporates little tidbits about other past and present popular vampire themed scenarios.

Not much to say about the storyline really, if you have even the slightest inkling about the Twilight plotline then you pretty much already know how this one plays out. The character names are slightly adjusted, of course, but not too much to make any sort of a difference. Becca Crane (Jenn Proske) instead of Bella Swan; Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) instead of Cullen and Jacob White (Chris Riggi) instead of, well you know. Becca moves into town, meets Edward, falls in love with him but also has Jacob the werewolf desperately vying for her affection.

Twilight Saga Poll

Unless you have lived under a rather large and comfortable rock the last couple of years, you have heard of a slightly popular craze known as the Twilight Saga.  First to arrive as a four novel story written by Stephenie Meyer about a girl who could be the poster child for self-brooding who falls in love with a pale, super-strong, super-fast and apparently dashing vampire who attends her school.  The "undeniably and irrevocably" loved book series eventually became a set of films with the same following.  Record breaking opening nights and about a ka-jillion adult/teen heartthrob crushes later, Twilight has become one of the most succesful movie franchises in film history.

Youth in Revolt (2010)

Developing an alter ego can lead to many benefits. An alias to go under if you’ve just committed a crime, creating a fictional character that may lead to a higher self confidence or pretending to be someone cool in order to impress a girl. Nick Twisp’s reasons and benefits are a little of all of those. Especially the impressing the girl part. Youth in Revolt delves into a place in a teenagers being that we all at one time or another have either considered or actually done.

Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is your pretty basic teen. Keeps to himself, not many friends, is an aspiring novelist who has an appreciation for classics such Frank Sinatra and old poetry and has never been with a girl. He lives with his mother who is divorced from his father and co-habitats with her less than likable boyfriend. He has come to the depressing conclusion that his life is terrible and that he will certainly die a virgin.

The Losers (2010)

Although it’s based off the DC/Vertigo comic book series also titled The Losers, I can’t help but make the comparison of this action packed film to the A-Team which was released about a month and a half after it. The concepts of a group of U.S. Special Forces members who are framed and forced to live life on the run are rather similar. But despite the related aspects, it does still hold its own as a product of entertainment and enjoyment.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada make up the team of Losers. Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar are, as stated before, members of a U.S. military Special Forces team. While on an assignment in the jungles of Bolivia, they are set up to be killed but narrowly avoid this consequence while an innocent group others take their place instead. After being believed that this mishap was completely their fault, they have no choice but to remain in Bolivia.

The Lovely Bones (2010)

The director that brought us the epic trilogy dubbed The Lord of the Rings makes an attempt to put another novel on the big screen. Unfortunately, the success from Peter Jackson’s previous project did not transfer over onto this film. The Lovely Bones originally written by novelist Alice Sebold which was published in 2002 tells a tragic tale of a teenage girl who was murdered during the 1970’s in Pennsylvania.

Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is a 14-year old aspiring photographer who lives in Norristown, Pennsylvania with her family; her father Jack (Mark Wahlberg), mother Abigail (Rachel Weisz), and her brother and sister, Buckley and Lindsey (Christian Thomas Ashdale & Rose McIver). One day on a walk home from school she takes a shortcut through a cornfield and encounters her quiet but odd neighbor George Harvey (Stanley Tucci).

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Remember the days of 8-bit graphics? When controllers had two buttons instead of twenty? When the most important thing in life was not passing fifth grade math (which I sucked at) but passing the seventh level of Super Mario Bros. 3? If you do, then this film produced from the graphic novel series of the same name just might catch your attention. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World combines classic video game graphics with fun action that makes it very original.

Very simple plot: a Canadian 22-year old, the aforementioned Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who plays in a band, called the Sex Bob-Ombs and who is currently dating a girl still in high school, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), unexpectedly meets the girl of his dreams. She was literally in one of his dreams right before they met. Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a “play life by the ear” female who captures Scott’s heart. What he doesn’t know is that in order to date her, hopefully, he must do battle and defeat her evil, yeah evil, exes. Seven in total, Scott must face and beat all of them if he wants a future with his dream girl.

The Expendables (2010)

So, what do you get when you combine an ensemble cast of almost every action superstar of the last three decades with massive stunt work, special effects and virtually no plot? You get The Expendables. I entered this film with a heavy heart and a tentative mind hoping that it would at least turn out respectable. Like many movie goers, I grew up watching characters brought to life by acting legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger kill people for our entertainment. So as long as their epic reputations weren’t grinded into dust by the making of this movie, I was happy.

The super mega-cast for this one consisted of Stallone and Jason Statham who played the two main characters, Barney Ross and Lee Christmas. The rest of the Expendable mercenary team included Ying Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), and Toll Road (Randy Couture). They do exactly what mercenaries are made for. Whatever the person paying them wants them to do. Mickey Rourke plays Tool, who is a former member of the team and now a tattoo artist and a good friend of Ross.

Date Night (2010)

Stuck in the same old rut day in and day out? Routine, familiar, normal, same old same old. These words describe many married couples who have fallen into that mundane stage of their relationship where they don’t do anything out of the ordinary. Everything is pretty much planned out and done the exact same way day in and day out. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey represent this type of married couple in Date Night.

Phil and Claire Foster (Carrell & Fey) are a quiet, very ordinary New Jersey married couple with the house, the kid, and the cars. Everything you would expect from a nuclear family. The go to work, they come home, they entertain their kids, and they go to sleep. One night a week, they go out and attempt to enjoy themselves but even that “date” is a very predictable one.

The Other Guys (2010)

Once again Will Ferrell and Adam McKay team up to bring us another outrageous comedy. However, simply calling it outrageous is not doing it justice. The buddy cop or copedy genre receives a true template on how to make these kinds of films when The Other Guys was created. Generally you think taking a mild-mannered, well behaved police officer and pairing him with his complete opposite is the basic ingredient to a recipe for guaranteed success. This is not always the case. After experiencing plenty of films such as these, audiences begin to crave more. As in any other genre, the same old obvious jokes and puns simply do not work anymore. We need a new breed of stupidity. A different path on the road to uncontrollable laughter. The alternate route to this destination goes through this Ferrell/McKay production.

Death at a Funeral (2010)

Originally a British comedy released in 2007, Death at a Funeral is the American remake. With the same plotline, it offers up comedy and funny situations that normally would make you feel ashamed to laugh at. But it’s a movie, so laugh away.

Starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan, the cast is super-sized to put it modestly. Fortunately, it’s an A-Lister so the large amount of characters in this film works very well. Director Neil LaBute had not only the luxury of Chris Rock co-producing this project but a plethora of veteran established comedians to make this movie go.

Salt (2010)

The Russian spies are among us! Even as I am writing this, there are hundreds of sleeper agents living among us who are patiently waiting…patiently waiting for their perfectly planned time of attack to strike against our country and way of life. At least that’s what the action-thriller Salt leads us to believe. Although it is simply a product for our entertainment, it cuts pretty close to reality which will probably have you leaving the theater looking over your shoulder.

The ever impressive Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy by a Russian national defector named Orlov. His accusation of course raises more than a few eyebrows within her agency. A manhunt then ensues for her capture after she seemingly flees to protect her husband and attempt to clear her name.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Steve Carell is an idiot! I had no idea he could be this stupid. He is a true-blue dummy. I don’t mean literally, I’m talking about his role in his latest film. Dinner for Schmucks goes on the list for one of the funniest comedies of the year. Almost singlehandedly because of the “idiot” I spoke about at the beginning. Carell goes for the hat trick with his third comedy of the year and very well delivers.

Re-teaming with Paul Rudd, Carell plays Barry, a taxidermist who dresses up dead mice and re-creates famous works of art for a hobby. Rudd plays Tim, an equity executive who is on the verge of a very big promotion. But in order to fit in with the higher-ups at his company, he must impress them at a special dinner that they hold once a month. They each bring an “extraordinary person” to the dinner for entertainment and proceed to make fun of them. Without the knowledge of their guests, of course.


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