Here are some mini reviews of advance screenings I've seen this month. They will be released nation-wide over the next week or two.
I Love You, Man
Not your regular raunchy adult comedy -- this one is less raunchy -- and a lot smarter and funnier thanks to the comedic talents and great chemistry of its two stars, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Call it a bromance, call it a buddy pic -- either way it's fun.
Nicolas Cage stars a professor who works to find the meaning of a 50-year-old mystery surrounding a long list of numbers. But what happens when the numbers run out? Don't waste your time waiting for that answer. The movie doesn't know if it wants to be a serious drama, an action adventure, a horror flick or a sci-fi pic -- and ends up failing at all. Only two intense, FX-laden accident scenes may buffer your price of admission.
Monsters vs. Aliens
The latest in 3D animation is brought to life with the voices of Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Laurie as two of a handful of monsters assigned by our government to fight against evil aliens. But it's Seth Rogen as the friendly, clueless monster B.O.B. who steals the show. The story is not as compelling as some recent animated gems -- but the 3D is top-notch.
More sunshine from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine -- with the return of Academy Award winning actor Alan Arkin as another family patriarch. This time he has two down-on-their-luck daughters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) who launch a special cleaning service -- one that tidies things up after not too pretty incidents. Part comedy/part drama -- the expert cast pulls off all the nuances quite well.