Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

The Fighter (2010) - Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
The real life story of Micky Ward (Wahlberg), a Boston boxer who battled his own family to achieve his dream. One of the best acted movies of the year, I personally felt the performances overshadowed the film as a whole. Still excellent, still worth seeing but ultimately a bit cliche and forgettable. In five years I think people will remember how incredible Bale was but I don't think they'll remember much about the movie itself.

Hereafter (2010) - Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr
Clint Eastwood's take on "Crash" finds several storylines intersecting around the powers of retired psychic (Damon). You would think an Eastwood-Damon pairing would bring positive reviews by the truck load but I've heard very few good things. Still, being the Damon fan that I am, I'll check it out at some point. Interesting concept.

The Switch (2010) - Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman
A lonely and single fortysomething (Aniston) decides to have a child through articifical insemination but the sample is accidentally switched with that of a close friend (Bateman). Ugh. I'm one of the few people out there who's still rooting for Aniston. I feel like she deserves good things. But good gracious, every awful movie like this makes that harder and harder to believe. Get a grip, Jen! Not even the brilliant Bateman could save this, I'm sure.

And...that's about it. Good thing I haven't had time to head to my local video store over the last couple of weeks because if these were my only options...yikes.

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