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Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 02/10/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor, Running time 100 minutes, Action/Comedy

Compare to: Toy Story (1995) meets The Matrix (1999)

Of all the movies made to help sell toys, The Lego Movie is the closest one to combining what sells their product and making something you’ll still actually want to watch.

I imagine many thinking of this movie solely as the former, much like Transformers and the upcoming Ninja Turtles movies are bound to do, but The Lego Movie doesn’t pretend to be more than it is while also playing up to that role of ridiculous kids movie that adults will enjoy too. Continue reading

Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 12/18/2013 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, Christina Applegate, David
Koechner, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Kristin Wiig, James Marsden

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence, Running time 119 minutes, Comedy

Compare to: Any Will Ferrell Comedy

As far as sequels nine years in the making go, did any Comedy about a bunch of sexist newscasters in the 70s deserve this more? A better question would be did we ask for this?

While the answer is “No,” it’s also something that isn’t unwelcome. Avatar 2 may have be less anticipated actually. I don’t hear anybody really clamoring for any sequels to that while Anchorman 2 just seemed to say “We’re here, and you’re going to enjoy this.” Continue reading

Movie Review: The Campaign

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 08/10/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd

Rated R for crude sexual content, language, and brief nudity, Running time 85 minutes, Comedy

Compare to: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Man of the Year (2006)

Anytime Will Ferrell comes out with a movie, I’m always on edge about it. Reasonably, of course, not ‘losing sleep over’ type edge. He seems to be hit or miss for the most part. You’ll have Anchorman and Step Brothers, which are hits filled with stupidity yet entertainment all the same. Yet there’s also your Talladega Nights and just about any time he decides he’s going to imitate George W. Bush for an over-extended amount of time. The Campaign falls somewhere in between those, while being closer to his Anchorman-level dedication and leaving the way-too long improv sessions on the back-burner. If punching babies and smear ads is your thing, you’ll laugh until you cry. Continue reading