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Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

DIRECTOR: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

CAST: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo, Analeigh Tipton, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Liza Lapira, Josh Groban, Beth Littleford, Kevin Bacon, Joey King.

SYNOPSIS: Cal Weaver (Carell) thinks he is living the perfect suburban life until wife Emily (Moore) tells him she’s been having an affair with a guy from work (Bacon) and wants a divorce. After watching Cal drown his sorrows night after night in a local bar, ladies man Jacob Palmer (Gosling) decides to take Cal under his wing, turning him into a project and helping him navigate the dating scene.

It’s not often a film about soul mates, heartbreak and first love can be turned into a deliciously smart comedy. But after 2009’s quirky I Love You Phillip Morris, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa seemed like the perfect duo to give it a try. Continue reading

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Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn.

CAST: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Jason Flemyng, Edi Gathegi, Zoe Kravitz, Alex Gonzalez, Oliver Platt.

SYNOPSIS: Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) brings together a new group of mutants including the troubled Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender) to protect the world from its greatest threat. Initially the closest of friends, their differences soon become all too evident, opening up a rift that threatens the peace of Xavier’s X-Men and the human race.

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass is in my Top Five films of 2010. I loved every crazy second of it and fully bought into the idea of Vaughn as a top-class action director. So after hearing the incredible reviews that were coming in for Vaughn’s First Class, my excitement was at its absolute peak – especially seeing how it managed to keep its claws firmly on an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for quite so long. Yet X-Men: First Class left me a little cold. And I hate myself for it. I’m not saying it’s a bad film. Far from it. My expectations were maybe just a little too high. What is alarmingly clear, however, is that Matthew Vaughn has finally got the X-Men back on cinematic track. Continue reading