March 2012

  • Title: The Mentalist – Pink Champagne on Ice
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While the CBI searches for a murderer Jane (Simon Baker) runs into a friend from his carnival days, a stage magician (Andrew Rothenberg) working in the same casino where the victim was employed as a security guard. Although his friend is happy to see him, okay not exactly happy after he ruins his act, Jane can tell Jack is hiding something.

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The Transporter Malfunction

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2012

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Transporter Malfunction
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After Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gets both Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) mint in box Star Trek transporter collectibles Sheldon struggles over the thought of opening the box to play with the toy.

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  • Title: Community – Digital Exploration of Interior Design
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To help out Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) who is still angry about the new Subway that went in the Greendale cafeterium over her proposed sandwich shop, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Pierce (Chevy Chase) agree to get the truth behind the corporation’s “corpo-humanoid” who has legally changed his name to Subway and enrolled as a Greendale student.

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Wrath of the Titans

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2012

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  • Title: Wrath of the Titans
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wrath-of-the-titans-posterI’ll admit to being somewhat surprised with Wrath of the Titans, not because it’s good, but simply because it’s far better than the utter trainwreck the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans turned out to be. Of course, that’s not exactly a high bar to measure up to.

I’m a fan of the original 1981 Clash of the Titans which gave the story of Perseus (Harry Hamlin) the Hollywood treatment with some terrific stop motion monsters provided by legendary special effects creator Ray Harryhausen. For me, the 2010 supremely awful remake was like watching the entire cast dig up Ray Hauhausen’s grave and with the sole purpose of taking turns defecating on his corpse.

With no direct film to measure up to, Wrath of the Titans is able to craft its own story (such that it is). The story picks up a few years after the end of the first film. Although a legendary hero, Perseus (Sam Worthington) and his young son Helius (John Bell) live simple lives of fishermen.

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2012

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  • Title: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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salmon-fishing-in-the-yemen-posterAdapted from the novel of the same name by Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the kind of quirky reserved British romantic comedy that won’t knock your socks off, but, when it’s not getting in its own way, will deliver an enjoyable time at the movies.

Ewan McGregor stars as Dr. Alfred Jones, a scientist for the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence who is pressured by his boss (Conleth Hill), the British Prime Minister’s Press Secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas), and the representative (Emily Blunt) of a Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) into helping the sheikh in his rather absurd dream to introduce salmon fishing to the deserts of Yemen.

Despite his incredulity at a project he believes impossible, Alfred finds himself in a situation where money is no object and the British Government, hungry for a good PR story, are willing to do anything to see the project succeed. And the longer he spends on the project the more Alfred becomes won over by the sheikh’s dream and Harriet (Blunt).

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2012

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  • Title: We Need to Talk About Kevin
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we-need-to-talk-about-kevin-posterWhat if your child was responsible for a horrific event that changed not just the lives of your family but scarred entire community? Guilt-ridden and unable to leave and try to start a new life elsewhere, how would you go about your daily life knowing that any sense of normalcy was impossible?

Based on the novel by Lionel Shiver, We Need to Talk About Kevin, brought to the screen by writer/director Lynne Ramsay, focuses on the life of Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) following the events of a school massacre caused by her teenage son Kevin (Ezra Miller). We watch as Eva becomes trapped in a series of events that unfold slowly destroying any chance she once had at happiness.

It’s an intriguing take that doesn’t examine the perpetrator of the crime or the specific series of events that led to the massacre, but instead gives us the perspective of the young man’s mother, who despite her love for Kevin, has known there’s something deeply wrong with her son for years.

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Psych – Autopsy Turvy

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2012

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  • Title: Psych – Autopsy Turvy
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After Woody (Kurt Fuller) makes a mistake on an autopsy in ruling a murder an accidental death, Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) decide to help the Santa Barbara coroner by finding the real cause of the man’s death. While investigating the crime the pair run into their biggest fan, the owner (French Stewart) of a crime book store, who desperately wants to help with the case.

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Breaking In – Game of Jones

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2012

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  • Title: Breaking In – Game of Jones
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When Molly (Erin Richards) senses a scam, Oz (Christian Slater) tries to prove the existence of Contra Security’s non-existant top international salesman. Jealous of the attention the firm’s fictional hero is receiving, Veronica (Megan Mullally) enlists the help of Cameron (Bret Harrison) to help make friends in the office which leads to poorly thought out “karaoke-luau-fondue-murder-mystery-cirque-du-so-game-night, and also comedy roast.”

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Joss Whedon and The Avengers

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2012

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  • Title: The Avengers
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Marvel Studios have released a few behind-the-scenes shots from their upcoming summer super-hero flick The Avengers featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), S.H.I.E.L.D. agents the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, opens in theaters on May 4th.

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Smash – The Coup

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2012

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  • Title: Smash – The Coup
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In light of the mixed success of the workshop Derek (Jack Davenport) recruits an unsuspecting Karen (Katharine McPhee) to help him steal the musical from Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) by offering the Broadway newbie her own musical number in the show. The fallout from which leaves the show with a director at war with the writers and a play without a Marilyn Monroe.

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