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Madagascar 3 Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 12:18

Grade: Z

Plot:  The third installment picks up where the second one left off, with lion Alex, giraffe Melman, zebra Marty, and hippo Gloria in north Africa.  They are trying to get back to the Central Park Zoo, so they join the circus that is heading to Europe as a cover, but may win a contract for a tour through America.  Meanwhile, after hijinks created in the Monte Carlo casinos, Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) is on the trail to catch them.

High Points: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is visually stunning and keeps up with the original.  Martin Short is great as Stefano the seal.

Low Points:  The story could have been stronger to make it a little more inticing, but kids will enjoy it nonetheless.

Predictability:  It is somewhat predictable, but there is a surprise with Captain Chantel DuBois that you don't see coming.

Overall: It's a delightful comedy fun for kids and adults alike.  If you are a Madagascar fan, you need to see it.

 

 

Film In Austin's Review Grading Scale

So in my last job, I would be so exhausted from going non-stop that when I sat down in a movie theater, I would fall asleep.  That is unless the movie was just something really exceptional.  A friend of mine that I would go to the movies a good bit would joke, “so how many Zs do you give it.”  So that is how the scale was born.  In our reviews, it doesn’t mean we actually feel asleep, but it’s an analysis, that if we did, that this is how long we would be out cold.

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie; sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts; it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ
– Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing;  fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ
– Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;”  fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping.

 
Moonrise Kingdom Review Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2012 17:45

Grade: No Zs

 
Plot:  Set off a New England island in 1965, a 12 year old khaki scout by the name of Sam falls for Suzy.  When they run off together, several people, including Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton), group together to find them. (PG-13, 94 minutes)
 
High Points: It’s hard to beat a Wes Anderson film for the single fact that there isn’t anything comparable out there.  The Coen Brothers’ film are the next best thing, but the UT grad has such a gracious, quirky style.  He doesn’t have to push the humor.  It just happens magically.  You won’t stop laughing.  The characters are weird as usual, but this time it’s with children and they are the focus.  Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Jason Schwartzman are just icing on the cake, even though the icing is absolutely delicious.
 
Low Points:  You’re in such luck!  There are no low points this go around!
 
Predictability:  The story isn’t predictable even though you have a feeling everything is going to work itself out in the end. 
 
Overall:  This movie is high recommended.  It is melancholic and you will fall back to your first love or your first crush and the innocence of first having feelings for someone at a young age.  You will laugh for most the time, but if you’re not laughing, I assure you that you will have a smile on your face.  Is it's Wes Anderson's best film?  That's a loaded question.
 
 
 
Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
So in my last job, I would be so exhausted from going non-stop that when I sat down in a movie theater, I would fall asleep.  That is unless the movie was just something really exceptional.  A friend of mine that I would go to the movies a good bit would joke, “so how many Zs do you give it.”  So that is how the scale was born.  In our reviews, it doesn’t mean we actually feel asleep, but it’s an analysis, that if we did, that this is how long we would be out cold.
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie; sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts; it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing;  fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;”  fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping.
 
 
Men In Black III Review Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2012 12:34

 

Grade: ZZ

 
Plot:  Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) are still partners at the Men In Black agency.  One evening, Agent J is overpowered by some force and he realizes that Agent K doesn’t exist anymore because he was killed by an alien criminal called Boris the Animal (played by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement).  This has altered the agency and put Earth in jeopardy.  Agent K travels back to July 16, 1969 (the day NASA first went to the moon) to save his partner and humanity, but learns so much more when he is back there. (PG-13, 104 min.)
 
High Points:  Josh Brolin plays Agent K in 1969.  His impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones is dead on.  This movie is Will Smith’s movie unlike the other two.  However, his jokes are good without over doing it.   There is much more character development in this film of the franchise than the other two.
 
Low Points:  If you love Tommy Lee Jones’ wisecracks, they are missing from this film.  He’s not as prevalent in this movie and is only in about 20 minutes of screen time. Also, the storyline is a little amateur.
 
Predictability:  Surprisingly, this story is not as predictable as one would think.  Just when you are along for the ride and you think you know how everything is going to turn out, the end slaps you upside the face with something that happens to Agent K in 1969.    
 
Overall:  It’s a fun ride while it lasts and it’s worth checking out if you are a fan of the first.  This one should have been the plot for Men In Black 2 when it came out 11 years ago.   The 3D isn’t very necessary even though it makes for some great entertaining in some of the fights against the aliens, mostly in the Chinese restaurant.  Rick Baker, the special makeup effects artist, still moves us with the aliens he comes up with.
 
 
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