Posts from the ‘Comedy’ Category

Jumping The Broom Lands No. 1 Comedy At Box Office

More than doubling its $6.6 million production costs, “Jumping the Broom” debuted with $15.2 million at the box office, received a rare CinemaScore rating of “A” from moviegoers, and finished the weekend as the top-ranked comedy in America.

The second film from T.D. Jakes’ TDJ Enterprises “first look a partnership with Sony Pictures, “Jumping the Broom” landed in third behind big-budget films “Thor” and “Fast Five,” managing to outperform expectations despite heavy competition which included another wedding-themed romantic comedy. The film also marks a diversity milestone as what is likely the first major studio release featuring a predominantly African-American cast, creative team and shepherded by an African-American studio executive.

“We are ecstatic with the performance of ‘Jumping the Broom,'” said DeVon Franklin, vice president of production, Sony Pictures.  “This is the second film under our tremendous partnership with T.D. Jakes and TDJE, and there will be many more to come!”

The successful opening weekend dispels misconceptions about the PG-13 rating and films with family-friendly themes, both widely viewed as box office hindrances for adult movies.  At the same time, “Jumping the Broom” introduces Jakes and TDJ Enterprises as a new force in Hollywood to share a stake of the Black family film market.

Leveraging a plethora of pre-existing relationships and social media networks to create a savvy, non-traditional marketing strategy helped this film to reverse trends and drive increased audiences to the theater, outpacing early estimates.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Arthur [Remake]

Arthur     B-

Movie review: Acacia

Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions or any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune. Arthur is forced to marry a woman he doesn’t love or lose his inheritance. Arthur proposes but then meets a Linda, played by Liza Minnelli, a woman with no money whom he falls in love with. This was the plot of the original 1981 movie starring the late Dudley Moore. Not much has changed in the 2011 version of the light-hearted comedy.

The new millennium Arthur stars Russell Brand [Arthur Bach] as the loveable drunken billionaire, Helen Mirren his lifelong nanny, Hobson, a straight-talking English woman who treats Arthur like he’s still a naughty child, which his behavior warrants. Their interaction is central to the movie and gives the film its warmth. Hobson is very much a mother figure to Arthur even if he realizes it too late. Through their relationship, Arthur finally grow up. Greta Gerwig makes her big screen debut as Naomi, taking over the love interest role that Liza Minnelli played while Jennifer Garner plays Susan, the cutthroat and ambitious woman that Arthur is ordered to marry. The two women certainly contrast each other, but I didn’t really need nor want their characters in the movie. As I said before, it’s all about Hobson and Arthur.

However, Gerwig played a convincingly sweet woman, someone you wouldn’t be surprised childlike Arthur would fall head over heels for. Jennifer Garner played against type but she sunk her teeth into the role of Susan. She wasn’t given much, but it seemed she relished being a little evil. Neither was the great Nick Nolte, who plays Susan’s father, Burt Johnson. Luis Guzman plays Bitterman, Arthur’s driver and he was wasted in the role because anyone who has seen his work knows he could’ve been hilarious. But, unfortunately, he wasn’t given much to do except say a quip or wear a stupid outfit every once in awhile. Brand and Mirren had decent performances, giving a really thin script some substance. Overall, the movie was sweet and only a little naughty, just like its predecessor.

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REVIEWS: Tangled, Burlesque and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

We decided you don’t care for a long-winded review, these days. you want to know if its good and should you spend your money. Well we have three movies for you to checkout for the Holiday season. yes they are for the family and they’re fun to see.

A

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
  • Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Perlman, Richard Kiel
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Family, Musical, Animation and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild violence.
  • Year: 2010

Tangled – It’s spectacular and one of Disney Animation’s best films in a long while. Last year Disney hit their mark again going back to their old format with The Princess and the Frog in which we love.

However, Tangled has raises the bar as Mandy Moore is splendid as Rapunzel, the girl with the magical golden hair. It’s a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. it’s a comical, magical ride that the family will love.

C-

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Steven Antin
  • Stars: Cher Christina AguileraEric DaneCam GigandetJulianne Hough
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Drama and Musical/Performing Arts
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
  • Year: 2010

Burlesque – It’s great to see Cher back on the big screen, but personally, I wanted more Cher. Instead I got tons of Christina. that’s was fine, except the movie lacks two key elements. First it needed more burlesque, more rivalry and it was missing the romance of Flash Dance, you know the yearning to want a dream so bad you’ll do anything. Overall the movie is entertaining, but only worth a matinée’. If i had paid full price I would have been upset and thank God it was NOT in 3-D, could you imagine Christina Aguilera gyrating at you in 3-D! No-no-no- not a good look!

B+

  • Release Date: November 19th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: David Yates
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, John Hurt
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
  • Year: 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the first of a 2 part last chapter. The film is a bit darker than the earlier ones, but it is making its way to the final climax between good and evil. I enjoyed this film as it went back to the original three, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. You finally get to see the three friends together again, unfortunately it’s during the darkest hours of Hogwarts. The film challenges the three hero-witches on their quest to rid the evil and make it save once again for all pure and half-bloods. It is the end of a decade of films that many of our children have grown to love as well as parents.  Deathly Hallows doesn’t disappoint us one bit. It worth the buck, but once again NOT worth 3-D. There is no visual effect that make this film 3-d except for depth – yawn!

Anyways, this film is wonderful and we are looking forward to the second part of the final film. The battle of all battles, who will win? Will light prevail or darkness take over?

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REVIEW: Megamind

B-

Written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

  • Release Date: November 5th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Tom McGrath
  • Stars: Will Farrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt
  • Studio: DreamWorks Animation
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Animation
  • MPAA Rating: PG for action and some language
  • Year: 2010

Megamind dominated over the weekend, especially in the box office numbers, but was it because of the movies popularity or the fact that it costs $4.00+ per ticket at the theater for 3D? Yes, Megamind was another animated film in 3D and let me be the first to say it’s not worth the 3D! There is no point for these films to keep coming out in this format.

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Sex and the City 2

B-

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

“Sex in the City 2” spares no cost to go back to the roots of the story of four women who have grown over a ten-year span of friendship. Where are they now and how they have evolved, or have they? Is marriage everything its cut up to be? typical questions are once asked, but this time it’s not about being single.

Some may say this movie is lacking the sex, but instead this movie is about the friends and where they have gone in their lives. It makes complete sense as it shows real growth of four friends over ten years.

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Letters to Juliet

C

Amanda Seyfried wears another hat this year with her third film “Letter’s to Juliet” a romantic love story. It’s a light hearted film about a young New Yorker fact-checker who journeys to romantic Italy and discovers love for a new friend…and for herself. It’s definitely a feel good movie and gives hope to girls of all ages that their perfect man is right in front of them. Amanda sparkles in every movie she does, from a broken hearted first love in Dear John, to an obsessed manipulative woman, an Atom Egoyan psycho-thriller in Chloe, Seyfried seems to corner the market on versatility.

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The Back Up Plan

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

C+

Jennifer Lopez is back with her back up plan. It’s a romantic comedy that has its ups and downs in the laugh factory portion of the film. It’s one of those movies with a target audience, the late 30’s early 40’s female who is still single and wants to have children before it’s too late. The concept of the film makes scense and probably looked extremely funny on paper, but when actually played out the hilarity comes from the support group and a couple scenes with Lopez.

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