Monday, January 31, 2011

The Men Who Stare At Goats

Directed by Grant Heslov, Smoke House, 2009. Starring Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Genre: Comedy, War.

When I saw the list of actors in The Men Who Stare At Goats, I immediately wanted to see it not even knowing anything about the film. I mean, seriously, look at that list! Some of the best actors we have today. But I must confess that when I saw the first actor’s name I knew I would see it, no matter what: Ewan McGregor is my favorite actor! However, it took me a while to see it because, frankly, I didn’t know anything about it. The previews didn’t show much and it seemed to disappear from the theatres as soon as it came in.

Well, I finally saw it yesterday. What an odd tale about our military and paranormal powers of certain soliders - based on the book by John Ronson. It uses actual people in the story but it is all fiction. Whoa – I hope so because if there is a part of our military that is really like this – we might be in trouble. With that said, keep an open mind when viewing this movie. It is supposed to be funny.

I enjoyed it somewhat but not sure most would. The main actors were all fun to watch – especially George Clooney. But all in all, the storytelling was too farfetched – and it takes a lot for me to say that. I can be swept into a lot of fantastical stories but this was not one of them. The saving grace for me was Ewan McGregor. I could stare at him for 90 minutes and be perfectly happy. I have said it before: I am a movie fan so when my favorite actor is in something, I will see it!

My favorite thing: Do I really need to say it?

My least favorite: The overall plot.

Possibility of a sequel? I don’t think so.

Did the previews tell too much? No.

Rating: R
Length: 94 minutes

Review: 4 out of 10

The Men That Stare at Goats - DVD

The Men That Stare at Goats - Book

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Directed by Oliver Stone, Edward R. Pressman Films, 2010. Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carrey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin.

Genre: Drama

I am not sure what to say about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Part of me felt like a prize idiot because I could not follow the all financial minutia; while I felt like I was brow-beaten with the character’s dilemmas with odd camera tricks and a predictable story.

For once I am not sure if I liked a movie or not. I was a little disappointed in Gordon Gekko: I wanted him to be more dynamic and omnipotent like he was in Wall Street. Josh Brolin (the antagonist) was a bit ho-hum, and Shia LaBeouf had a decent character arc but he was almost not emotional enough for what he went through in the film.

Very rarely do I walk away from a film not knowing if I should recommend it or discourage people from seeing it. This one is up to you all to decide. But give me your thoughts if you have seen Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Favorite thing:  the large NYC apartments.

Least favorite: The soundtrack.

Possibility of a sequel? Perhaps or maybe a prequel with the origin of Gordon Gekko.

Did the previews ruin the story? No, but a lot of the good lines were shown.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 133 minutes

Review: 5 out of 10

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Friday, January 28, 2011


Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Columbia Pictures, 2009. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy and Horror.

Yes, I said it before, I don’t particularly like watching Horror flicks, but Zombieland was on cable one day and I caught a few minutes and I could not turn it off. Well, needless to say, I ended up taping it for future viewing to see it from the beginning. And just this past weekend I watched it with my husband.

Now, let me say one thing: I hate zombie movies. HATE! (Long story, short: I saw a zombie movie when I was young and it scared me for life.) I do make one exception: Shaun of the Dead. Great movie! But now I can add Zombieland to the “like” category. Comedy and Zombies just seem to work for me.

Although there were a few scenes I had to cover my eyes due to the zombie gore – I really enjoyed this film. I honestly wasn’t expecting an adventure/romance/feel-good-movie/satire but that is what it was and it worked.

There are only a few characters (with speaking roles) in Zombieland but everyone did a great job, especially Woody Harrelson. The story was like most post-apocalyptic-disease-that-takes-over-the-world tales but the story between the 4 characters was one that kept me very interested.

Oh wait! I did like 28 Days later (directed by Danny Boyle – which just I looked up, remember him? Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). Ok, sorry. Back to Zombieland.

My favorite thing: "The Rules" & the surprise appearance.

My least favorite: Having to watch zombies eat people. 

Possibility of a sequel? Yes! (and I think there is one in development)

Did the previews ruin it? Not one bit.

Rating: R
Length: 88 minutes

Review: 8 out of 10

Zombieland - DVD

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Thursday, January 27, 2011


Directed by Jonathan Mostow, Touchstone Pictures, 2009. Starring Bruce Willis, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames and Rosamund Pike.

Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller.

Based on a graphic novel (there seems to be a lot of movies lately based on these) by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele, Surrogates brings us to a future where humans use surrogate robots to do all their daily tasks. An interesting concept – I must say.

Surrogates is filled with a lot of action, and it is definitely a sci-fi story, but the thriller part was a little weak. In this 90 minute tale, I felt like there was no real need for sympathy for the main characters that we were supposed to be rooting for. Something was just missing or not fully told but I am not sure exactly what. Although I think it was trying to give us a message about our overuse (or dependence) of technology.

All and all, this was just an ok film. Watch it, if you have nothing else to do, or you are a huge Bruce Willis or sci-fi fan. I can’t pick out a part that I didn’t like about it but I just didn’t get sucked into the overall story.

Favorite thing: The concept

Least favorite: Lack of depth of the characters

Possibility of a sequel? I suppose there could be one.

Did the preview ruin it? Nope

Rating: PG-13
Length: 89 minutes

Review: 4 out of 10

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Town

Directed (and written) by Ben Affleck, Warner Brothers Pictures, 2010. Starring Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller.

The Town was one movie that was heavily promoted before its release. I must have seen the trailers and previews thirty times before actually seeing the movie this past weekend.

Although I enjoyed the movie, the previews did reveal too much. I knew what was going to happen next mainly after seeing the extended preview in the movie theatre way back when. Those previews are longer than TV previews and it, unfortunately, showed the entire plot. So if you only saw the trailer on TV or you were lucky enough to have skipped it altogether, rent it.

Despite having a predictable story, I found the acting very believable and that kept my interest throughout the entire movie. Jeremy Renner, from The Hurt Locker, was wonderful. I wonder why he isn’t in more movies. But I have a feeling we will be seeing him a lot in the future.

I heard some similar comments about The Town: “if you are from Boston you will really enjoy this film”. Well, I am from Cincinnati and I enjoyed this film. Although I did find the Boston accent a bit over the top and distracting, but then again, I didn’t grow up there, so what do I know? I am sure Ben Affleck was going for realism. However, I hope he will diversify to a different town, when he writes his next screenplay, because every time I hear his Boston accent I am transported back to Good Will Hunting. Not a bad thing because I loved that movie but it takes me out of the current story I am viewing.

I do think Ben Affleck has become a good director and I look forward to watching more of his projects.

Favorite thing: Jeremy Renner

Least favorite thing: The Boston accent – it was just a little distracting.

Possibility of a sequel: Yeah, I would say so.

Did the previews show too much: Yes.

Rating: R
Length: 125 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Clash of the Titans - 2010

Directed by Louis Leterrier, Warner Brothers, 2010, Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Nesson, Ralph Fiennes.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy.

With all due respect to the film makers of this Clash of the Titans, I knew I wasn’t going to like this film before I hit play this past weekend. I am one of the thousands of kids who saw the original way back in 1981 and thought it was one of the best movies ever made at the time(I was 11).

With that said – I have a feeling if I hadn’t seen and worshiped the original Clash of the Titans, I still wouldn’t have liked this film. However, my 11 year old son did. What a clash of the generations in our household...I suppose it was made for his age group and those who hadn’t seen the first one. It is a great story and perhaps needed to be told again in an updated version. I will admit the first one doesn’t really hold up. The audiences of today are more savvy and spoiled with the great technology of these action-packed adventures.

However, I found the current one to be over indulgent in practically everything, from the hair and make-up, to the fight scenes, and to the over acting by most of the cast. And why did Perseus (Sam Worthington) have a shaved head when everyone else had dreads to overly curled hair?

Favorite thing: The homage to something from the original.

Least favorite thing: The hair and make-up. Very distracting.

Possibility of a sequel? I don’t think so but I have feeling in 30 years there might be another remake.

Did the previews ruin it? Not really.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 106 minutes

Review: 3 out of 10

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Fourth Kind

Directed (and written by) Olatunde Osunsanmi, Universal Pictures, 2009. Starring Milla Jovovich, Will Patton and Elias Koteas.

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Let me start by saying The Fourth Kind was an absolutely fantastic and original way to direct a movie. Well done! I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. I believe this film took an allegedly true story and tried to inform the audience of its validity in the most thought provoking way. 
However, since this is a thriller/mystery film I can’t say much more about it even though I really, really want to. I can say the acting was well done, the script was intriguing and it took me a while to shake off the emotions of this story. It really made me think.

Now if you enjoy things like the X-files, I believe you will like The Fourth Kind. And if you see the movie – you are the only one who can answer the last line of the film. I can’t tell you my answer as it would give it away. You have to see for yourself. Sorry.

Favorite thing: The way the story was told.

Least favorite thing: The doubt I thought.

Possibility of a sequel? - That one is hard to answer since this was based on true events but I am sure it could be done.

Did the previews ruin it? – Not one bit.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 98 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

Friday, January 21, 2011

Public Enemies

Directed and written by Michael Mann, Universal Pictures, 2009. Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.

Genre: Biography, Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller.

WOW! I am speechless. This might be the one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. I usually adore Johnny Depp, and Christian Bale has made some pretty fantastic movies as well, but Public Enemies was not rescued by their talent or good looks.

I don’t even want to go into what I didn’t like about this movie because I am still upset that I sat through the whole thing. However, I will tell you the 100 million dollar budget must have gone into paying for the all the side characters who performed in this movie but who normally have larger roles (but it certainly didn’t go in to the script): Giovanni Ribisi, Leelee Sobieski, Emile Di Ravine, Channing Tatum, Carey Mulligan, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, and Billy Crudup. Some of them had one word lines to perhaps a paragraph or two. Not sure why they wasted the talent.
Favorite thing about the movie: The credits.

Least favorite thing about the movie: the dialogue when Johnny Depp (John Dillinger) spoke to Marion Cotillard’s character. It sounded like it came from bad Hallmark motivational cards.

Possibility of a sequel?: I hope not.

Did the preview ruin it?: No, in fact, I remember seeing the preview and thinking “that looks good!”

Rating: R
Length: 140 minutes

Review: 2 out of 10

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Directed by Robert Schwentke, Summit International, 2010. Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime.

Red is a prime example of a good movie ruined by previews. Before this movie came out in theatres it was heavily promoted and I was really looking forward to this film based on said previews. However, I had a sinking feeling that all the good lines had been shown. I was, sadly, right.

 I would have thoroughly enjoyed this action/comedy flick filled with some of the biggest, mostly highly decorated and versatile actors in Hollywood today, if I hadn’t seen every punch line, cool special effect, or interesting plot twist prior. John Malkovich is still always fun to watch and Helen Mirren’s character is a hoot. Plus, the overall story (based on a graphic novel) was one that kept me interested. I hear there is a sequel in the mix – which I might see but WITHOUT seeing any previews.

Favorite character: John Malkovich's because he was quirky and helped create some of the best set-ups. 

Least favorite character: Bruce Willis' because it wasn't a departure for the actor. Seen this one before.

Possibility of a sequel? I would have to say yes.

Did the preview ruin it? YES!! So if you were lucky enough to have avoided any previews of Red – rent it.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 111 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher, Columbia Pictures, 2010. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

Genre: Biography, Drama, History.

As I may have stated before – movies affect me and my life but Facebook has affected it even more. And let me tell you why: 2 years ago I contracted a heart infection that nearly killed me but I was told of a surgery that could save my life albeit an altered one (a constant clicking noise due to a mechanical device forever attached to my heart and life-long blood thinners.) I fortunately discovered an alternative surgery that would require none of the above on Facebook of all places. So for anyone that wants to hate Facebook or think it is beginning of the end of civilization, and The Social Network just glorified Mr. Zuckerberg’s creation – I just want to say: I don’t agree because I am forever grateful to Facebook.

With that being said – all in all I liked The Social Network. I did find the reason for Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, in the movie, to be a bit contrite and forced. But come to think of it: how could anyone who created something has huge as Facebook not have an ulterior motive to start it? But I’ll let that one slide.

I will admit that I felt there should have been another 15 minutes or so at the end to really solidify some items. But I will let that one slide, too.

The actors were all fantastic (including a surprise job by Mr. Timberlake – I think we will see more of him in the future); and the movie’s pace kept me really interested even though I knew the ending (we all did). But I found the dialogue to be the most intriguing part of the entire movie. Aaron Sorkin is a genius, but again we all knew that. Really, think about it – how does one take a genius geek typing code all day in order to create a social medium interesting? Well, Mr. Sorkin did – brilliantly! David Fincher had a hand in it as well. Yes, he won the Golden Globe for Best Directing in a Drama.

As for winning and beating The King’s Speech for Best Movie Drama in The Golden Globes last night – I felt a little disappointed I must admit. Oh well.

FYI: The previews didn’t ruin this one for me.

Review: 8 out of 10. “Like”

Rating: PG-13
Length: 120 minutes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Going the Distance & Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Going the Distance
Directed by Nanette Burnstein, New Line Cinemas, 2010. Starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.

Genre: Comedy, Romance.

Well, I suppose Going the Distance is chick flick but there are definitely elements in here for the male species; but all-in-all this movie felt like a drama that wasn’t working and someone decided to throw in some humor in order to sell tickets. Also, there was an odd connection to the 80’s which was never explained or justified even though it was set in modern day. (Sidenote: although hearing The Regular by the Replacements added to the overall score of my review.)

The chemistry between the two main characters, at times, seemed believable enough and in some ways the struggle they went through to be together was more real than the typical Hollywood plot line. However, without an overly dramatic climax or without any developed desire to see these two together left me feeling a little like I wasted 102 minutes of my day.

With all that said there was one thing I did like about this movie: the attempt at not going down the predicted path with a few scenes. I was pleasantly surprised at some of shifts.

Regarding the preview: yes, it showed most of the funny lines or scenes barring a few not meant for young eyes.

Review: 4 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 102 minutes

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Directed (and written) by Edgar Wright, Universal Pictures, 2010. Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Music, Romance

Now before I give you my review I must tell you that at one point in time I played video games (as did most children of the 80’s) so I feel that if you ever spent time pushing quarters into slots you might enjoy this film no matter what other reviews say.

A truly unique experience: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – based on a graphic novel by Brian Lee O’Malley. Now I watched this with my husband, who I must let you know right now is a musician and a bass player so he loved this movie. (Scott Pilgrim is a bass player in a band.)

I see that the film did very poorly according to the worldwide gross numbers vs. its budget but I think if the filmmakers toned it down a bit from PG-13 to PG rating more 11 & 12 year old boys would have lined up to see this movie. In fact, I wish my 11 year old son was a few years older because I think he would have loved this film.

This movie had everything going for it: a main character (hero)was a geek, a love story with a unique way for the characters to grow and learn, music – cool music to boot, visually energetic, and a fantasy element that was an unusual way to “battle” or overcome their enemies.

The previews did show many of the elements of the story but not enough to kill it for me.

Review: 6 out of 10

Rating: PG-13
Length: 112 minutes

Friday, January 14, 2011

The King's Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper, See Saw Films, 2010. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce.

Genre: Drama History

Many of you have heard of The King’s Speech and all the glowing praise about this film. Well, I am here to tell you it is all true. GO SEE IT!!

Colin Firth gives an award winning performance as does Geoffrey Rush.  The story is believable and heartfelt; and the combination of talents between the cinematographer and art director is spectacular. In fact, one could capture a single shot of this film, put a frame on it and hang it up on the wall for all to marvel at. It is that beautifully shot.

I particularly enjoyed watching this film when the central characters were purposefully off center during their close-ups. It somehow made me feel more empathy for each one.

Yes, this is another picture about royalty – one of my favorite genres – but simply put: this film is about a friendship and overcoming one’s own fears due to the benefits of that friendship.

The previews or trailers ruined nothing about this film but go see it while it is still in the theatre. You won’t regret.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 118 minutes

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Directed by The Spierig Brothers (also written by), Lionsgate, 2009. Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Defoe and Sam Neill.

Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller

I must warn you before I give my review of Daybreakers – I love vampire stories so I may be a bit biased here.

I liked Daybreakers mainly because it had a unique story line and it was not another vampire love story. Hey, don’t get me wrong I like those too but it was nice to see a horror storyline tagged along with these immortal creatures for a change. I know I said something about not watching horror movies before but I make the exception when it comes to vampires.

My only complaint about this movie was the overindulgence of the blood and guts during some of the violent scenes. Yes, I know it is the life source of these bloodsuckers but a few scenes went a bit too far and almost made it laughable if not stomach churning.

Ethan Hawke played as his typical soft spoken persona that always seems to be out of sync with his comrades, but his character is balanced well with Willem Defoe’s devil-may-care attitude and Sam Neill’s sadistic charm.

I never saw a preview, by the way, so I am uncertain if they gave away too much on Daybreakers. In fact, I don't recall this ever being in the theatres in 2009.

Review: 6 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 98

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Color Me Kubrick, A Home at the End of the World, Legion.

Directed by Brian Cook, Color Me K Productions, 2005. Starring John Malkovich.

Genre: Comedy, Drama.

Well, this was an odd – albeit true - tale of someone pretending to be Stanley Kubrick, the famous movie director, in London during his shooting of Eyes Wide Shut. John Malkovich plays the impersonator – brilliantly – as usual. (Is there anything this man can’t do?) Anyway, I started off liking the film with its cinematographic and musical homage to A Clock Work Orange but soon after the story continued I lost interest.
Part of me did have this “chuckle inside mentality” like I knew what was going on and the rest of the world (characters) didn’t. I did finish the movie with a small grin but not sure if I really cared for the film in its entirety.

Review: 4 out of 10

Rating: NR
Length: 86 minutes.

Directed by Michael Mayer, Warner Independent Pictures, 2004. Starring Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright-Penn and Sissy Spacek.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel called “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham.

Genre: Drama, Romance

It was an odd little film about 2 men who befriend each other when they are young in the late 60’s. The story is about creating your own family no matter your upbringing and however it affected it you.

Colin Farrel plays the lead and his innocent yet beguiling personality was quaint to watch and quite a departure for his normally macho driven characters. I also liked Dallas Roberts portrayal of the other lead and was trying to figure out where I had seen the actor before but couldn’t quite place him which is not my norm.

Review: 5 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 97 minutes

Directed (and written) by Scott Stewart, Bold Films, 2010. Starring Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson and Dennis Quaid.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Fantasy

I saved the worst for last. I remember seeing the preview for Legion in the theatre not too long ago and thought it could be interesting since they didn’t show too much. Then it came and went and now I know why.

As I stated before I can’t just bash a film if I don’t like it so I must give at least one thing I liked about it: the cinematography was good.

Review: 1 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 100 minutes

Monday, January 3, 2011


Directed by Brad Anderson, Filmax International, 2008. Starring Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

I recorded Transsiberian over the holiday break and watched it with my husband. The story took a long time to get to a point where I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Then I couldn’t look away (or in some cases – through my hands) and was pleasantly surprised at an unexpected twist.

Review: 5 out 10

Rating: R
Length: 111 minutes

The Young Victoria

Directed by Jean-Marc Villee, JK Films, 2009. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Paul Bettany.

Genre: Biography, History, Drama, Romance.

I am a sucker for films about royalty especially ones of historical significance. The Young Victoria was well made, beautifully acted but the story was a bit ho-hum. However, the set and costume designs are worth seeing in this film. Just take a look at how Victoria’s wardrobe coordinated with almost every set design – brilliant!

Review: 6 out of 10

Rating: PG
Length: 105 minutes

Black Swan

Happy New Year everyone!!

I am finally reviewing a current movie that is in the theatres now: Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2010. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kinus and Vincent Cassel.

Genre: Drama, Thriller.

Before I say anything else I must tell you to see this movie in the theatre. The story lends itself to being viewed in a large dark space with a huge white screen staring back at you so you are transported out of your world.  

Natalie Portman gives a wonderful performance – as she usually does but this time the character, Nina, was one she was born to play. I don’t want to say much us else as this is a thriller and must be viewed with little or no knowledge of the story.

The previews didn't ruin it too much for me but I recommend changing the channel as they sometimes start to show more the longer the movie has been in the theatre.

Review: 9 out of 10

Rating: R
Length: 108 minutes

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Movie Marathon Weekend

Well, I must admit I love a holiday weekend. It gives me time to view more films and some of them I enjoyed watching with my children. So far I have watched 3 movies and I liked them all - to varying degrees. Date Night, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3.


Directed by Shawn Levy, 20th Century Fox, 2010. Starring Steve Carrell & Tina Fey.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller and Romance.

Now I liked this movie but I would have liked it more if I hadn’t seen the previews. Once again, the previews showed way too much and sort of ruined the best lines and most of the set ups. So if you were lucky enough to have missed the previews you are going to really enjoy it. Date Night was funny, well acted and not a bad way to spend an afternoon during the holidays. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey definitely had chemistry and were very believable as a couple as they went through their date night from hell.

Review: 7 out of 10
Rating: PG-13
Length: 88 minutes


Directed by Mike Mitchell, Dreamworks Animation, 2010. Starring Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy and Adventure

This was the last installment, they say, of the Shrek series. Now I will admit I loved the first 2 but I couldn’t get through the third Shrek but this one was pretty good. Taking an “It’s a Wonderful Life” approach to the story was an interesting way to solidify what is good in Shrek’s life. Watch it with the kids.

Review: 7 out of 10
Rating: PG
Length: 93 minutes

Last movie of the weekend: TOY STORY 3

Directed by Steve Unkrich, Pixar Animation Studios, 2010. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Betty and many more.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy and Adventure.

Now I saved the best for last. I LOVED Toy Story 3. Previews didn’t ruin this one bit. It was a poignant film about friendship and family. I did tear up a few times, laughed and was genuinely concerned for the characters as the story unfolded. This is an adventure movie – yes, an animation movie was a great adventure movie.

Rent it, borrow it from your neighbor or buy it. Even if you don’t have kids – watch this movie. You won’t regret it.

Review: 10 out of 10
Rating: G
Length: 103 minutes