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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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YES MAN

Jim Carrey returns to hilarious form with this romantic comedy in the same vein as the Carrey classic Liar Liar. After a few stints in more serious features like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Number 23, Carrey seems right at home playing Carl, a divorcÈ who starts out the film depressed and withdrawn, scared of taking a risk on life. Pressured by his best friend, Peter (Bradley Cooper), to get his act together or risk living a lonely life, Carl attends a New Age self-help seminar intended to change “no men” like Carl into “yes men” willing to meet life’s challenges with gusto. Carl is reluctant at first, but finds the seminar to be ultimately life-changing when he’s coerced into giving the “say yes” attitude a try. As the first opportunity to say yes presents itself, Carl hesitantly utters the three-letter word, setting the stage for a domino effect of good rewards, and giving Carrey a platform to show off his comic chops. But over time Carl realizes that saying yes to everything indiscriminately can reap results as complicated and messy as his life had become when saying “no” was his norm. The always-quirky Zooey Deschanel adds her signature charm as Carl’s love interest, Allison. An unlikely match at first glance, the pair actually develop great chemistry as the story progresses, the actors playing off each other’s different styles of humor. Rhys Darby also shines as Carl’s loveable but clueless boss, and That 70s Show’s Danny Masterson appears as another one of Carl’s friends. While Yes Man marks no major departure from Carrey’s previous work, the sweet crowd pleaser manages to showcase two sides of its leading man.

Remember years back when Groundhog Day was released? How about Liar Liar? This film juxtaposes the best those two pictures had to offer and the end result? Been there, done that. You are better off paying for your lawn to be re-sodded or perhaps to get those fillings replaced as opposed to watching this drivel. Say no to yes man.

Yes Man

Starring: Jim Carrey & Zooey Deschanel

Director: Peyton Reed

Company: Warner

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Grade: C-


RESIDENT EVIL DEGENERATION: Blu-ray - Sony

The “Umbrella Incident” that took place in Raccoon City was ended with the eradication of the deadly virus by a missile attack ordered by the government. As its operations were suspended on a global scale, Umbrella Corporation stock plummeted. This serious blow to the business giant resulted in its complete dissolution. 7 years later, at an airport somewhere in the United States. An ordinary autumn afternoon. One zombie is unleashed into this peaceful scene to attack everyone. In the airport starting to fill up with the undead, the horrific disaster is about to be repeat itself...

HORTON HEARS A WHO: Blu-ray - Fox

On the fifteenth of May, in the jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool. He was splashing...enjoying the jungle’s great joys...When Horton the elephant heard a small noise. With his signature evocative and rhyming text, writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss, an American treasure whose books have delighted generations of young people, opens one of his most beloved tales, Horton Hears a Who! Now, over fifty years since Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, published this perennial favorite, the makers of ICE AGE and comedy giants Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, bring it to life in a way never before experienced. For the first time, a motion picture transports audiences into Dr. Seuss’ incredible imagination, through state-of-the-art CG animation.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY: Blu-ray - Fox

Arnold Schwartzenegger stars as Howard Langston, an overworked mattress salesman who has been neglecting his family of late; in an attempt to redeem himself, he promises his son whatever he wants for Christmas. Turns out that his heart’s desire is a TurboMan doll, coveted by every other kid this year as well, and Howard quickly forgets about his promise until Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, all the stores are already sold out, and Howard embarks upon a wild goose chase throughout the streets of Minneapolis, encountering some wacky characters along the way. These include a postal worker of questionable sanity (Sinbad), a ticket-happy police officer (Robert Conrad), and a con-artist Santa Claus (James Belushi). As Howard’s hunt drags on, his bachelor neighbor (Phil Hartman) starts to move in on his wife (Rita Wilson).

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA:

Blu-ray - Genius

Two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist (Javier Bardem) and his beautiful but insane ex-wife (Penelope Cruz). Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is straight-laced and about to be married. Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) is a sexually adventurous free spirit. When they all become amorously entangled, the results are both hilarious and harrowing.

APPALOOSA - New Line

Actor Ed Harris takes only his second stab at directing with this spirited western. Harris draws on a strong cast, many of whom have acted with him in previous films, to tell the story of two gunfighters attempting to bring peace to the small town of Appaloosa in the late 1800s. Virgil Cole (Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) ride into the windswept New Mexico town and are hired to bring vigilante entrepreneur Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) to justice. Bragg has imposed a reign of terror over Appaloosa, but his murderous actions are tempered when Cole and Hitch take control. Matters get complicated when widower Allison French (Renee Zellweger) flounces into town and variously woos Cole, Hitch, and Bragg, allowing Harris to throw in a few neat twists as his two principal characters attempt to bring the miscreant entrepreneur to justice. Appaloosa is a slow-moving and beautifully shot feature that perfectly translates the dusky New Mexico landscape to celluloid.

DEXTER: Season One (Blu-ray) - Showtime

After playing a mild-mannered funeral home director in Six Feet Under, Michael C. Hall makes a smooth transition to a serial killer in this Showtime original series. But the twist in this smart show is that Dexter chooses to prey only on other serial killers. As a child, Dexter was adopted by a cop (James Remar) who quickly realizes that his new son is no ordinary boy. Since Dexter is compelled to kill, his law-abiding father pushes him to choose his quarry in a way that will best benefit society. As Dexter grows older, he works as a blood splatter expert in Miami, giving him a close view of other murderers and their handiwork. Stylish and blackly comic, this drama is adapted from Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter. This release includes the entire first season, which largely focuses on Dexter’s pursuit of the coldblooded Ice Truck Killer and his own efforts to evade detection.

FIREMAN SAM SAVES THE DAY - Lions Gate

Fireman Sam is brave, resourceful, calm in a crisis, a pillar of the Pondypandy community and the hero of every rescue. Fireman Sam and the Pondypandy fire brigade never seem to have a quiet day - their services are always needed. A fantastic collection of adventures which see everyone’s favorite Fireman and his new friends performing heroic deeds in and around the town of Pontypandy. Be it from the training to be the fittest fire fighter to solving the riddle of the beast of Pontypandy; you can always be sure to count on the hero next door.

THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI - Sony

Based on real events, The Children of Huang Shi is a story set against war-torn China in the 1930’s. The film centers on a young English journalist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an American nurse (Radha Mitchell) and the leader of a Chinese parti- san group (Chow Yun Fat) who meet in desperate and unexpected circumstances. Together they rescue 60-orphaned, children leading them on an extraordinary journey, across hundreds of miles of treacherous terrain, through snow-covered mountains and an unforgiving desert. Along the way they discover the true meaning of love, responsibility and courage.

 

Nick be reached at Filmlords@gmail.com

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