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The World’s End: Old Friends Unite For Hometown Pub Crawl and Nostalgia

by Sandra Olmsted

Writer-Director Edgar Wright’s The World’s End combines the nostalgia of attempting to “go home again” as Thomas Wolfe warns no one can and science fiction’s dystopia and alien invasion to mediate disappointments the main characters discover in the changes to their hometown and to themselves.

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We’re the Millers: Great Timing, Crude Jokes

by Sandra Olmsted

Evocative of the comedy of Cheech & Chong, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s We’re the Millers also has lots of vulgarity and hilarity for the right audience although the film is not intended for kids of most ages despite the “family” at the center of the story.  David (Jason Sudeikis), the neighborhood pot dealer, is on top of the world and the envy of his college alums. He even might have a chance with the girl of his dreams, Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston), a stripper, who also lives in his building. Then he’s robbed while trying to help Kenny (Will Poulter), a kid whose mother is always absent, save Casey (Emma Roberts), who lives on the streets, from muggers. When he goes to his college buddy and supplier, Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), a suit-wearing drug kingpin, seeking help, David gets the job to smuggle a “smidge and half” of drugs from Mexico to Denver. David hits on the idea to rent an RV, pose as a middle class family on vacation, and move the drugs across the border without suspicion. Of course, he wants Rose for the mom role,.

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Elysium: Political SciFi

by Sandra Olmsted

Writer/Director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, District 9, and Chappie, a comedy sci-fi in preproduction, establish him as an auteur scifi filmmaker and confirms he is attracted to the genre because of his strong political ideals, and Elysium offers Blomkamp lots of opportunities to wax poetic on contemporary world problems. The films opens with the story of two young orphans, Frey and Max who are raised by Spanish-speaking nuns, one of whom tells Max that he is destined for a special task, so there is also religious and messianic elements.

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MOVIE REVIEWS: Smurff 2 & Fruitvale Station

The Smurf’s 2: Turns Paris Blue

           by Sandra Olmsted

Those delightfully blue creatures are back, and they’re taking Paris by storm. While Smurfette (voice of Katy Perry) mopes because she’s convinced that all the other Smurfs forgot her birthday, Gargamel (voice of Hank Azaria) needs the secret of creating Smurfs to save his career as a magician and creates two Naughties, pale unSmurfy critters.

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Pacific Rim: Godzilla Rises Again

by Sandra Olmsted

Guillermo del Toro brings many of his unique touches to Pacific Rim, such as memories playing an important part in how the characters react. Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam), who lost his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) during a battle to save Anchorage, and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who, as a child, lost her entire family in an Kaiju attack on Japan and was rescued by Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). They are no exception to del Toro’s use of overcoming memories and of children in danger.

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Recap of Current Summer Films

By Sandra Olmsted

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a recap of the new movies in theaters now.

Despicable Me 2

Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul do the near impossible and create a sequel that is as delightful as the original. Laugh-out-loud funny, Despicable Me 2 is joyous in its humor and playfulness. It is even playful in its use of 3D.

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