The Nut Job (2014) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

We have reached a point in the digital age when second-tier animation looks as vibrant and polished as their big-named contemporaries. The visuals look fantastic, animal furs shimmer and cartoon humans move around with freedom and clarity, the holes show through in the second-rate stories that inevitably are forgettable, less witty variations on the common themes that show up in the genre. The prevailing message here is that sharing is better than being selfish, its stand procedure there. It’s a shame though since the movie plays best when its lead character is being incorrigible and self-serving, especially as voiced by the amusingly arrogant Will Arnett.
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Top Five Best Seth Rogen Movies

This best Seth Rogen movies list features the top Seth Rogen films of all time, including only titles that he has starred in that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 Seth Rogen movies list Rogen must have played a prominent role. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these best Seth Rogen films.

5. Funny People (2009)

Box Office Gross: $51,855,045     Adjusted: $0

Judd Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie’s opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn’t done in years thanks to the massive success of his movie career. At a club, he meets struggling standup Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), takes a shine to him, and hires the young man both to write jokes and to be his personal assistant. Ira, who’s been sleeping on a friend’s pull-out couch and working a day job at a deli, enjoys the glimpse into the superstar lifestyle, but soon the protégé discovers how selfish and egocentric his mentor really is. Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill, and a host of famous standup comics make cameo appearances as themselves.

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) – Review

3 Stars

Steven Seagal returns in this highly entertaining sequel to Under Siege. That picture was a very good Die Hard Knock off that introduced Tommy Lee Jones to mainstream audiences and put Seagal on the map as a movie star and not a martial artists/actor. While the first film took place entirely aboard a U.S. Naval vessel this time the events are confined to a moving train. Back in what is arguably his signature role as Casey Ryback a soft-spoken chef, ex-Navy SEAL and one-man army the squinty eyed actor seems a little more at ease in front of the camera than had previously been the case. Directing duties on this installment were handled by Geoff Murphy (Young Guns 2, FreeJack) who has the understanding that the villains make or break a picture like this. Murphy casts some top notch heavyweights in Monologuist Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio) as Travis Dane the mad computer genius recently fired from his cushy government job now seeking retribution and money. The other is veteran actor Evert McGILL (The People Under the Stairs) here playing the leader of a pack of mercenaries hired by Dane to hijack a train and hold it’s passengers ransom.
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Killers (2010) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

In an attempt at recapturing the fun in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Killers fails on every level. At first it is a simple romantic comedy, without the romance and severely lacking in laughs. Then at around the hour-in point, there’s some action. Not good action, but long action sequences that compliment the boring beginning of the film. The couple are attacked, bullets fly and the attacker is killed. Nothing more nothing less. (more…)

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