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The Spy Next Door

Movie Title: The Spy Next Door (2010)
Spoilers: No

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The Spy Next Door stars Jackie Chan and Amber Villetta (“Paula” from The Family Man, 2000) in a James Bond-meets-Uncle Buck-meets-The Pacifier-style movie about Bob Ho, a Chinese spy on loan to the CIA, who wants to retire and become an ordinary family man. Ho (Chan) lives next door to Gillian (Villetta). The two want to take their relationship to the next level, if only her kids would permit it.

Bob brings down his last power-hungry dictator, and now it’s time to win over next door’s kids and settle down. Surely, it will be easier than bringing down the corrupt? Not so…especially not if the dictator you thought was down escapes prison and is coming back to get you and the family you want to settle down with. But the predictable challenge of a bad guy coming back for revenge isn’t the only challenge. Despite his training in 007-style weaponry, Ho can’t put out grease fires or even make oatmeal without mishaps.

The kids are a handful. T…

One Small Leap From Disaster

Movie Title: Leap Year (2010)
Spoilers: No

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Leap Year stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in a reaching romantic comedy that comes a day late and a dollar short of looking as good as the scenes we get of a pleasant Irish countryside. Jeremy (Adam Scott) is a cardiologist with a jam-packed schedule. Anna Brady (Adams) is a stager, someone who helps realtors sell houses by making them more presentable. Together, they deem themselves the couple made for each other, ready to live the life everyone wants to live.

But they aren’t quite the match made in heaven--and you knew that even before your eyes finished the previous sentence. There’s something missing in the relationship, something missing from one of their lives. Can you guess which one? Of course, you can. And if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie.

Jeremy is taking too long to ask her to marry him, and based on an old Irish tradition that goes back hundreds of years, which allows a woman to ask a man to marry her o…

Now These Are Some Good Friends!

Movie Title: 44-inch Chest (2009/2010, U.S. release)
Spoilers: No

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Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) has some very good friends. When his wife, Liz (Joanne Whalley), confesses that she’s done with the marriage and wants out, his loyal friends kidnap the “other” guy to help their friend feel better and have the opportunity for a most excruciating, skin-pealing revenge.

It has been said that if you have five good friends in your lifetime, then you should count yourself lucky because you are doing well. Colin has at least four good friends, but I still say he’s gosh-darn ahead of the most of us. Archie (Tom Wilkinson) is an honest man who seems normal enough. He cooks dinner and he spends a great deal of time with mom, or “Mum.” (Edna DorĂ©).

Meredith (Ian McShane) is a man who can gamble, and he has tremendous class. He loves his men that way, too. And, he looks good going anywhere. Hal (Stephen Dillane), well, he’s a little harder to describe. He’s just a friend helping out another friend. You…

Year-end Review: The Best and Worst Films of 2009

Looking back on 2009, one sees a very bland year. So much was not good. So much more was just ordinary at best. On the stinker’s list are the following… All About Steve (D-) An unlikably ditzy and undeserving romantic comedy that is fit for the dunghill.

Couples Retreat (D+) Wasn't quite as bad as it was made out to be by some, but you'll "retreat" from watching this soon enough! Dragonball: Evolution (F) A miserable adaption of the corny Japanese Dragonball animated action show.

Gamer (F) Disgusting and repulsive to the core, Gamer doesn't play games when it comes to making you regret watching it.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (D-) An actionpacked and air-headed adventure of annoyance and a poor story.

Knowing (D-) A stereotypical Hollywood slandering of atheists with a hazy, end-times plot that deserves repudiating.

Land of the Lost (D-) Another really, really, really bad Will Ferrill movie.

Love Happens (F) Sappy, melodramatic, cliched, and repulsive all in one. Old D…

Year-end Review: The Best and Worst Films of 2009

Looking back on 2009, one sees a very bland year. So much was not good. So much more was just ordinary at best.

On the stinker’s list are the following…All About Steve (D-)An unlikably ditzy and undeserving romantic comedy that is fit for the dunghill.
Couples Retreat (D+)Wasn't quite as bad as it was made out to be by some, but you'll "retreat" from watching this soon enough!

Dragonball: Evolution (F)A miserable adaption of the corny Japanese Dragonball animated action show.

Gamer (F)Disgusting and repulsive to the core, Gamer doesn't play games when it comes to making you regret watching it.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (D-)An actionpacked and air-headed adventure of annoyance and a poor story.
Knowing (D-)A stereotypical Hollywood slandering of atheists with a hazy, end-times plot that deserves repudiating.
Land of the Lost (D-)Another really, really, really bad Will Ferrill movie.

Love Happens (F)Sappy, melodramatic, cliched, and repulsive all in one.

Old Dogs (F) …