Friday, November 14, 2008

Mini movie reviews (#4)

City of EmberDirected by Gil Kenan
Starring Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, and Tim Robbins
Released in 2008
Rated PG
Good: Visually appealing, stayed pretty close to the book (at least, as far as I remember).
Bad: Bill Murray's talent feels wasted. The film feels like it could have been so much better if it tried. There isn't one attractive person in the entire movie.
Rating: 3.5/10

The PromotionDirected by Steve Conrad
Starring Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, Jenna Fischer
Released in 2008
Rated R
Good: The first time since American Pie that Scott has been watchable. Reilly takes a different turn from his usually-retarded roles. Masi Oka and Jason Bateman have funny, tiny roles too. Oh, and the "racist" scene was one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.
Bad: Somewhat predictable storyline, and the reoccurring jokes were a bit overdone.
Rating: 7/10

War, Inc.Directed by Joshua Seftel
Starring John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, and Ben Kingsley
Released in 2008
Rated R
Good: I may get made fun of for saying this, but Hilary Duff is fucking sexy. John Cusack is lovable, as always, but feels like he's being held back. I was impressed by the action scenes.
Bad: For having such a star-studded cast, it feels underdone. Also, there wasn't enough of Hilary's perfect abdomen. It was basically a better, slightly smarter version of Idiocracy.
Rating: 5/10

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