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Hope Springs Movie Review – Just Seen It


Leah, Sean and David discuss the romantic dramedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Find out if the script is worthy of the performances.

Starring Leah Aldridge (@leeleereads), Sean Wright and David Freedman (@ShowRunnerDave).
Directed by , Liz Manashil (@LizManashil).
Edited by Jeff Rogers.
Produced by David Freedman(@ShowRunnerDave), Aaron Fink(@AaronEvanFink), Pedro Raposo and Cooper Griggs.

Synopsis: After 31 years together, Kay finds herself in a loveless marriage. So she forces Arnold to go see a famous therapist in hopes of saving their relationship. Together, they re-discover why they first fell in love.

Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.
Directed by David Frankel.
Written by Vanessa Taylor.
Produced by Guymon Casady and Todd Black.
Genre: Romantic Dramedy.
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Hope Springs: Two Old Pros Show How It’s Done!

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Hope Springs isn’t the most original movie around. Indeed, its tale of an old married couple who have gone from passionate to barely roommates contains few surprises, plot-wise. What makes it work is the terrific chemistry between stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep and the way they add unexpected nuances in the oddest places.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – Just Seen It Movie Review


The end of the world is truly at hand as a massive meteor speeds toward earth. So Dodge decides to seek out high school sweetheart with the help of his neighbor, Penny. Instead, Dodge decides to get Penny back to her parents.

Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey.
Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria.
Produced by Steve Golin, Joy Gorman, Steven Rales and Mark Roybal.
Genre: Dramedy.
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DVD: Dinner For Schmucks Absurd Comedy Is Just Mean Enough!

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Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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Date Night Best Comedy of 2010, To Date!

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The Other Guys may be the funniest film of the summer, so far, but the funniest movie of the year, to this point, is April’s Date Night. The slightly unhinged [in a good way] fusion of romantic comedy and action flick starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey as an old married couple trying to kick a bit of pizzazz back into their humdrum marriage hits shelves today and well worth a look.

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Smartly Idiotic Dinner for Schmucks is The Funniest Film of the Summer!

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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Movie News: Get Smart Gets a Smart Sequel

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Mad Chance Productions, Mosaic Media have announced that a sequel to their 2008 hit comedy Get Smart is in the works. 

Get Smart, which was originally a 1960’s comedy series that parodied spy movies, starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon and the sexy Agent 99. In the 2008 updated version, comedy actor Steve Carell took on the role of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, AKA Agent 86 for the secret government organization known as CONTROL and Anne Hathaway stepped into the role as his beautiful and more competent partner, Agent 99 whose first name still remains a mystery.

As agents for Control, Smart and 99 battled the evil forces of KAOS, an insidious organization out for world dominance.

The sequel to "Get Smart", which will begin production soon, will be directed by Peter Segal who also direct the first movie.

MOVIE REVIEW: Get Smart: From Analyst to Super-Spy by Sheldon Wiebe

Get Smart could have gone wrong in oh so many ways. Fortunately, rather than parrot the ‘60s hit spy spoof, writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember choose to give us the story of how super-analyst Maxwell Smart [Steve Carell] made the shift from computer jockey to field agent. Mixing clever gags with action is tricky, and while the ratio isn’t quite right, the film manages to maintain its entertainment quotient by keeping Max from being hopelessly incompetent. Instead, Max passes the field agent test with flying colors but is only sent into the field when the identities of all Control’s agents are compromised.

Only Smart and Agent 99 [Anne Hathaway, sexy in a Disney-cute way and deadly in a Modesty Blaise way] can find and destroy KAOS’s stockpile of nuclear weapons – cleverly hidden in a Moscow bakery [well, it would be cleverly hidden if the bakery wasn’t a huge building with an enormous sign bearing its name]. If they fail, it could be curtains for Los Angeles and the visiting President of the United States.

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Staples of the series [Max’s love of little British sports cars; Agent 13, the master of disguise; certain trademark phrases] make appearances – including one that is so utterly perfect that I won’t mention the character or the actor. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for fans of the original series. Besides the homages to the original series, there are things about this movie that work because they are different.

Max is not incompetent – his bumbling usually occurs because his focus is too narrow and everything outside his focus gets past him – watch him deal with a hulking Russian assassin, for instance. He also cuts a mean rug in a party scene – where he gives an unlikely dance partner an incredible ego boost [which refers back to Max’s past].

Get Smart’s supporting cast is excellent, but underused. Since some of the action sequences run a bit long, it might have been a good idea to give more time Dwayne Johnson’s suave Agent 23 – or Terrance Stamp’s Siegfried. Another cool change is Alan Arkin’s Chief – instead of being put upon like the character originated by the late Edward Platt, here the Chief is very much a player.

Overall, then, Get Smart is a smart, if slightly overlong movie that reintroduces the characters from the TV series in a fresh way that does not negate the originals. For the most part, it is great fun – and the moments where it tries too hard can be forgiven. Peter Segal directs the film with good energy and if the action threatens to overwhelm the comedy occasionally, it never quite does. The result is an entertainment that should tickle fans of the series as well as those who’ve never heard of it.

Final Grade: B