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Friday, January 23, 2015

Now Playing: Mortdecai, Strange Magic, The Boy Next Door

Official Synopsis:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

North's Thoughts:
At one point in his career, Johnny Depp was one of the coolest actors alive.
He was churning out great roles, in good films like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
Chris and I did a Best Of Depp and it was hard to narrow it down to 5 films each.
More recently he has been starring in miss after reviled miss.
But with each new film Depp still casts the glimmer of hope we'll get to see his best again.
The rest of the cast is solid: Gywneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Munn.
So the big question: is this Johnny's next flop or smash?
I guess we will know by Monday morning.

Strange Magic

Official Synopsis:
"Strange Magic," a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

North's Thoughts:
I find it very tough to gauge animated films before I've seen them.
I thought Rise Of The Guardians and Arthur Christmas looked like duds, until I gave them a chance.
And I'm glad I did because they have both become holiday viewing staples at my house.
If Strange Magic has the charm of those films and couples it with good music, it could be a big hit.
Never forget what can happen when an animated movie takes off . . .

The Boy Next Door
Official Synopsis:
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.

North's Thoughts:
My Jennifer Lopez Top 3:
3. The Cell
2. Out Of Sight
1. Selena
She was nominated for a 1998 Golden Globe for Selena and should have won.
Sorry Helen Hunt, nobody has watched As Good As It Gets in the last ten years.
Oh well, I guess J-Lo has to settle for being one of the most beautiful humans to ever live.

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