Posts from the ‘Holiday’ Category

FlixCritic’s Top 10 Most Recommended Christmas Movies

Christmas is upon us and to get you into the spirit sit back, have a hot chocolate, light a warm fire, snuggle with someone close, light your Christmas tree and pop in a DVD/BlueRay and watch one of these great Holiday movies to kick-start you into the spirit. If you’re home alone,with friends or enjoying the family, you can’t go wrong with any of these films. they will make you laugh cry and get into the spirit of Christmas.

1. Elf

2. Hone Alone

3. The Santa Claus

4. The Grinch

5. Christmas Vacation

6. Scrooged

7. A Christmas Story

8. The Family Man

9. Four Christmases

10. Surviving Christmas

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Sherlock Holmes

Review – Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Let’s just start off like this – Thank God for Guy Ritchie and he’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. It’s about time we see a new non-boring Sherlock who is quick-witted, fast, tough, and somewhat of a closet homosexual as written. Yes Sherlock has a taste for Watson’s goodies, but it’s more like a jealousy or fear of losing him to a woman in the film. Holmes is also a slob, and druggy, but they don’t hit on it as hard as in other films, which I was pleased. We all know who Sherlock Holmes is and if NOT – I suggest try reading a book and learn.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel

Review – Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Well there is not much to say about these three little guys except don’t expect much from this film and you’ll completely enjoy it. It for the kiddies, so mom and dad’s be ready to take your little ones to the theater, get a bucket of popcorn and sit back for the next eighty eight minutes of kiddies fun.  “Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel” is exactly what you expect – not much and OMG this cost me how much to see it? Even Jason Lee the lead to the movie and box office draw took an old approach like back in the day when Anthony Edwards/”Revenge of the Nerds II” did the – I’ll be in the movie, but only in a few scenes and on the phone, I have better movies to do. The movie starts at the top when Dave (Jason Lee) gets injured so his participation in the film is limited from that point on, making the movie straight up for the kids. Talk about an easy check for Jason.

Therefore, Survivors of the first “Alvin” may not be as enlightened by this slapstick, flatulent joke fueled film. It’s very unimaginative for the adults and how many times does one think testicle bashing is funny, this is not America’s Funniest Home Movies. Other non-surprising or shall we say lack-luster scenes of the film is the pop culture category where the chipmunks reference  “Silence of the Lambs” and “Taxi Driver.” We just have to ask why was this film made.

But for entertainment’s mature audiences, this movie has four things going for it: It’s cute at times, the song selection is decent, David Cross has two or three funny scenes, and it’s only 88 minutes long. Maybe you could sit home instead and watch Al Pacino’s Tragic & predictable thriller “88 Minutes” instead. It’s like needles in your eye and hey you didn’t have to leave home to feel the pain.

As the year comes to an end so does the choice for worst film of the year. At this point Did You Hear About The Morgan’s?,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel” and “ “All About Steve” are neck and neck who will win. We are still working it out.

Recommendation: It;s family enjoyment fro the kids – if you like slap-stick comedy then Alvin and the gang is a cute additive to your holiday season: D+

See what the critics are saying around the Nation:                   Overall Rating: C-

Boston Globe – Ty Burr -“Little kids will love it. You’ll need a hazmat suit.” more…

New York Times – Neil Genzlinger – “The earlier Alvin movie made more than $217 million just in the United States. It’s hard to imagine this somewhat confused sequel doing as well.” more…

USA Today – Claudia Puig – “For anyone over age 8, the arrival of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel may not be the most welcome news.” more…

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Review – Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

If you are looking for a traditional classic tale, which reflects the original Charles Dickens’s Novel, then this is a family must see. I thought the film was average, nothing I haven’t seen before. Just this time it’s in IMAX 3-D and it all animated, oh wait, they’ve done an animated version, ok then it’s Jim Carey playing all the parts, yeah that’s new.  If you saw it as a child, then you already saw this version, the only difference is it’s just as slow, so it’s like the original.

Anyways,  Jim Carrey (Scrooge) shinned as always, in each character. The film is electrifying visually, but a little long-winded and slightly darker than I personally expected. Disney and director Robert Zemeckis pushes the envelope on the 3-D experience for sure.

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