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With Ralph Garman out again this week, Mr. Moviefone, Russ Leatherman, steps back in to fill the Movie Beat shoes. Opening in theaters this week are This Means War, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and The Secret World Of Arrietty.

This Means War:

Mr. Moviefone: You’ve got Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, who are super hunky, right? Plus, there’s Reese Witherspoon. Everybody loves Reese. This is sort of a spy vs. spy. You have these two guys, they’re spies, they realize they’ve fallen for the same woman, and they kind of agree to play fair. Then all the rules go out the window, and some creepy surveillance techniques come into play.

I gotta tell you, Reese Witherspoon’s looking good, and the fact that they’ve put hidden cameras in her apartment and stuff like that. It’s directed by McG, and I don’t think this is the worst movie in the world. I actually thought it was reasonably entertaining, and I don’t know why it is, but I have more of a tolerance for a marginal movie that’s trying to make me laugh with some action than a marginal movie that’s trying to make me cry, like The Vow.

I enjoyed this movie. It’s not great, it’s not terrible, but if you’re looking for a decent thing to do with your date, check it out. It’s not so bad.


Casey: This is the only bit I’m commenting on here because it’s the only new release I’ve seen this week. This movie is rubbish! It has an entirely unnecessary subplot which is only there for the purpose of their characters being spies. Also, “Directed by McG” popping up as the first thing on the credits was a quick explanation as to why it was so bad. He should go back to making music videos. He was better at that.

Pine and Hardy are both charming attractive men, so maybe I just don’t get the main premise being them fighting over Reese Witherspoon (who annoys me more by the day). I know that if Ralph were here, he’d agree with me in stating this movie is bad simply because they had the chance to kill off Chelsea Handler and didn’t!

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:


Mr. Moviefone: NEWS FLASH : Nic Cage’s head is on fire… again! This is a sequel and he (Ghost Rider) comes back from hell to protect a mother and her child who are on the run from the devil. The only thing that can prop this movie up is that Idris Elba also stars in the movie. He’s pretty awesome.

I’m kinda pissed because I look at the poster, and the poster is awesome, and the trailer looks like it could be kinda awesome, but the studio wouldn’t show it to us. That’s jacked up because we look at the poster and we think it could be cool because the guy’s head is on fire, so why not let us see it? Why not just let us see it and say that it’s not great but it’s kinda fun, rather than it must super blow because you wouldn’t even show it to us?! We just have to assume it’s a mega-turd.

The Secret World of Arrietty:


Mr. Moviefone: This is an animated film, Japanimation style, that’s sort of a play on The Borrowers (if you remember that). They’re these tiny people who live among us, under the house. Arrietty meets a boy and discovers that they can have this great friendship.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids, every frame is like a picture, the soundtrack is beautiful, and it’s the perfect family movie for you, for the kids, for everybody. It’s much better than a lot of what we do here in the States.

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