Based on the cult novel by Max Smart, and directed by Aram Rappaport, the movie Syrup is as zany as the comedy of Chris Farley and as outrageous as the cringing productions by the Farrelly Brothers. Starring Johnny Depp's lover, actress Amber Heard, Syrup is the type of movie that will leave viewers scratching their heads. Did they just consume a movie about slick marketing and learn about how the unsuspecting human mind is manipulated; or have audiences just watched something shallow and begrudgingly clownish? The answer is far more nebulous than committing to a simple yes or no reply. At the very least, and if for no other reason, Syrup is an important movie for Amber Heard and that is reason enough for critics to examine it punctiliously.
Ben Affleck (Neil), Olga Kurylenko (Marina), Javier Bardem (Father Quintana), and Rachel McAdams (Jane) star in a romantic film about an irregular love triangle entitled To the Wonder. Mostly subtitled in English and spoken in French and Spanish, this movie is as baffling as it is fascinating. It is impossible to never cease viewing Terrence Malick’s movie for even one second of its run time simply because he keeps viewers conjecturing throughout the entire show. To the Wonder is a stunningly artistic love story that is riddled with all too human complications, and is replete with both the dreariness and blissfulness of love.
Gerard Butler's shelf life as a gallivanting, accented lothario are moribund. What's worse is that the former heartthrob is still trying to find roles that are perfectly suited to his former persona. Eventually (sooner than later), Butler will need to wake up and smell the roses. He must accept more serious roles and stop participating in chick flick avalanches (cave-ins). Granted, Butler has diversified quite a bit in recent years, but Playing For Keeps (review) seems to have hit the brakes on his momentum. The cast of Playing For Keeps (review) is both deep and talented, two adjectives that in no way describe the film itself. One wonders what went wrong with this movie that caused it to seem so stale and hackneyed. In any event, watching Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Judy Greer fawn over a former soccer superstar makes me wish I could head but more effectively. For now, I will accept the fact that my brain cells need to be preserved for these here reviews folks!
Written and directed by Abram Makowka, Tug (movie) is a swell attempt at recreating a bona fide heartland romance. The film's central character Ben (Sam Huntington) is a small town quarter century old plain-Jane guy that is torn between two diametrical opposites. In the red corner is the ex-girlfriend Kim (Haylie Duff) that has run roughshod over his heart not once, not twice, but three times. In the blue corner is his current girlfriend, a sweetheart really. Ariel (Sarah Drew) is everything that Kim is not; kind, soulful, loyal, and loving. Between the two Kim is more exciting, but the raucously good time comes at a steep price. Tug (movie) may play on a few heartstrings but it might also push a few red buttons.
Any Questions For Ben? (movie) is one of the most complete romantic comedies in the history of filmmaking. It is a modern Chances Are, or When Harry Met Sally. This film gave me all-encompassing goose bumps. Viewers will want Ben (Josh Lawson) and Alex (Rachel Taylor) to find a way to get together. Any Questions For Ben? (movie) is simultaneously comical and deeply moving. Ben is stuck in a life of casual flings, dating super models, and vacillating from one career position to the next. He is living the dream life of any playboy twenty-something, and yet something is missing...has always been missing. Living an unfulfilling life with nobody to share his joys and innermost thoughts with is causing Ben to suffer from a quarter life crisis. If only there were someone special that he could spend his life with and provide the meaning to his existence that he so desperately craves.
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