‘Expendables,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’ Make for a Packed Weekend at the Movies

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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I loved this movie, it’s pure entertainment. Unfortunately, judging by the people in my life they are telling me they think the trailers look silly and they just aren’t interested. They’re surprised, in fact, when I talk about how good it is. It’s a shame, but I think the nature of this film will be its downfall as people depend a lot on their first impressions and if they dismiss it immediately it’s hard to earn ’em back.

I’m fortunate in that I know I am going to see these movies regardless, it’s one of the reasons I try to avoid trailers. It’s something of an unfair advantage, but at the same time I do see all of these movies in hopes of guiding you in the right direction, whether you heed my advice or tend to take the opposite road I recommend. In this case I can’t recommend Scott Pilgrim vs. the World highly enough. This film is a hell of a lot of fun and I am going to be sure to see it again… Friday afternoon in fact.

This film is rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
Animal Kingdom
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I was about 50/50 on this film walking out of the theater. My opinion of it has improved since and I am somewhere in the 65/35 range now. Director David Michod shows serious promise, but I couldn’t get all aboard this film, particularly as it came to its conclusion. I know most reviewers are telling folks to go see this and I can’t say they’re wrong, but I’d temper your expectations some if I was you.

This film is rated R for violence, drug content and pervasive language.
The Expendables
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Like I said in my review, it’s “total ’80s cheese, with all the blood and gore audiences of the ’90s demand from their hard R-rated actioners.” I would think it would be hard for someone to hate this movie if you had the inclination to buy a ticket. It’s not as if you don’t know what you’re going to get and in those terms it delivers. If there’s a problem with it it’s that it doesn’t deliver anything all that special outside of a few nasty kills. If you want to see it, you’ll get your money’s worth, just don’t go in expecting anything more than an average Stallone actioner.

This film is rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language.
Eat Pray Love
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It starts off well and ends decently, but there is a stretch in the middle of Eat Pray Love that is mind-numbingly boring and completely takes you out of the entire film. I think the target audience is still likely to eat this one up, but the legs for this film have got to be quite short.

This film is rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity.
Tales from Earthsea
'Tales from Earthsea' Movie Poster
I’d say this was my one true disappointment this week. I hoped I would see Goro Miyazaki immediately follow in his father’s foosteps, but it appears there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve.

This film is rated PG-13 for some violent images.