Author: admoviecritic

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl Directed by Justin Chadwick Rated PG-13       Runtime: 115 minutes The story of Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor is one that most people know or have at least heard of. Although it is well known it is one that is also shrouded in secrets. This movie, “The Other Boleyn Girl” gives us a picture of what the relationship that we all know might have looked like, and then twists to show us the secrets and the rumors as to what may have gone on in this kingdom. The film begins in a time when all of England, including the king, was in fear that their beloved queen would be unable to produce a male heir.  This fear was tearing apart the powerful relationship between King Henry, played by Eric Bana, and his Queen, played by Ana Torrent. Due to these circumstances, the Duke of Norfolk, played by David Morrissey, instructs his neice, Anne Boleyn, to seduce the king when he comes to visit. The Duke and Anne’s father believe that if she seduces the king it will place their family in a place of power and favor.  Anne seems quite successful in her attempts to distract the king until she causes an accident on a hunting trip which leaves the king injured. This accident puts her out of favor with the king. The...

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The Time Traveler’s Wife – A Review

The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13) Director: Robert Schwentke This science-fiction romance is based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Although this movie stared two of my favoprite actors, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, it left much to be desired. The film jumps around from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s. Henry DeTamble, played by Eric Bana, is a time traveling librarian with no control over his “gift”.At any given moment Henry may disappear only to reappear in some other place and time, naked, and with no idea as to his whereabouts.  He relies on his ability to cheat, steal, and beat people in order to survive in these other times. While many of the times you see him travel he is having to use his illicit skills, you also get to see the softer side of Henry. Henry tends to visit a young girl named Clare. Henry informs Clare that she is an important part of his life in the future and that is why he is drawn to her in the past.   Henry and Clare meet in present time, for both of them, in the early 90’s and our interesting love story begins. The story follows this pair as they face some everday relationship problems as well as bizare situations brought on by Henry’s tendancy to disappear. It is understandable for the plot of a...

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Review- The Phantom of the Opera

This stunning retelling of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s famous opera takes place in 1870’s Paris at the Opera Populare. “The Phantom of the Opera” is a story unlike any other which seems to have only gotten better being told through the talented actors and actresses cast in this adaptation. With the well matched singing talent of Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, this film would be a delight for any opera or musical lover. Our story takes place in Paris, France in 1870, the world renowned Opera Populare’s manager has decided to resign from his post. Stepping in to take his place are two men who are better suited for the scrap metal business they know than this magical world of opera. Unbeknownst to this pair, they are gaining so much more than a simple opera house. This opera house is full of mystery and excitement with a very expensive “opera ghost” running the show. As these unlikely pair of managers look onto rehearsal they manage to upset their “Prima Donna” leading lady, Carlotta, forcing her to leave the show. With no real understudy, Christine Daae, a chorus girl played by Emmy Rossum, is asked to take her place. Even though she has no formal training except that from someone she refers to as her “Angel of Music” she shines in her performance, much to the dismay of Carlotta. Following her...

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Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs This movie was a little bit of a surprise to me.  There have been many times that I have gone to see an animated film in the theaters lately and come out thinking it was a waste of time and money.  As I walked in to see this one I thought “Here we go again”.  As I watched this movie I found myself laughing and actually being entertained. This is not by an means the animated movie of the decade, but to me it was worth the trip to the theaters. Our movie begins in a town called Swallowfalls. A town that is completely dependent on their sardine canning company. When their sardine company goes under the town takes a grim turn. Odd inventor/science geek Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader of SNL, takes it upon himself to try and make his little town and the rest of the world a little better.  In his lab, an odd structure towering over his fathers house from the backyard, Flint works day in and day out with the help of his loyal assistant, Steve the monkey.  Flint’s father, voiced by James Caan,  tries to reason with Flint to give up all his crazy inventing and come work with him at his bait and tackle store.  Flint agrees, sort of.  While the greedy town mayor is...

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