Jupiter Ascending (**): Plateaus quickly, then sinks under its own insignificance

Jupiter Ascending - 2015 Written and Directed by The Wachowskis Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Maria Boyle Kennedy, James D'Arcy, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is the daughter of a broken young Russian couple.  When her father is killed while she is in the womb, her mother journeys with the rest of the family … Continue reading Jupiter Ascending (**): Plateaus quickly, then sinks under its own insignificance

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CPE & Em: Oz the Great and Powerful (****) fits like a glove

Oz the Great and Powerful - 2012 Directed by Sam Raimi Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King Screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire based on the books by L. Frank Baum It was a movie that I had no idea needed to be made.  There are 14 books written … Continue reading CPE & Em: Oz the Great and Powerful (****) fits like a glove

ted has the stroke of genius for those not immersed in Family Guy

ted - 2012 Directed by Seth MacFarlane Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, MacFarlane (voice), Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh Screenplay MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellsley Wild I have seen, perhaps, 2 episodes of The Family Guy.  When it came out, I was caught up in The Simpsons and the humor seemed derivative.  Then I got married, … Continue reading ted has the stroke of genius for those not immersed in Family Guy

Friends with Benefits: Soft core romance and little else

Friends with Benefits - 2011 Directed by Will Gluck Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Emma Stone, Adam Samberg, Bryan Greenberg Written by Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck, Harley Peyton Four writers for one movie about spontaneous, no strings frivolity.  The effect is a labored, clunky excuse for … Continue reading Friends with Benefits: Soft core romance and little else