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    102811: Opening This Weekend

    Posted: 28 Oct 2011 03:19 AM PDT

    Cartoons, Extended Life And Rum

    Three new movie choices greet us for another new weekend. We have a cartoon as the former Shrek star grabs a flick of his own in Puss in Boots. If sci-fi is more your taste then maybe you’ll like the new Justin Timberlake In Time movie. Last, but certainly not least, while it’s only opening on slightly more than 2,000 screens, Johnny Depp usually does not disappoint and this time it’s for The Rum Diary.

    New On The Big Screen

    Puss in Boots – PG on 3,952 screens
    In this Shrek spin-off, Antonio Banderas’ swash-buckling cat teams up with another feline, Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs. Salma Hayek, Zack Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton also lend their voices to the film which is also playing in 3D.

    In Time – PG-13 on 3,122 screens
    Set in a futuristic world where time is treated like money, allowing rich people to live forever, Justin Timberlake’s Will Salas tries to survive after being falsely accused of murder. Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde also star.

    The Rum Diary – Rated R on 2,272 screens
    The movie adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name stars Johnny Depp as a 1950′s journalist who leaves New York for Puerto Rico where a corrupt businessman asks him to write a positive story about his questionable scheme. Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins and AMber Heard also star.

    Enjoy the show!

    Dr. Rus

    Movie Review: Real Steel

    Posted: 27 Oct 2011 11:05 AM PDT

    Real Steel

    PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language.
    Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, sports
    Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes


    A retired boxer makes a transition to the business side of the ropes after human boxers are replaced by robotic ones in this adaptation of the Twilight Zone episode entitled Steel.

    Charlie Kenton was a true contender when the sport of boxing was changed forever. Now, instead of humans fighting it out, powerful steel robots trade blows in the ring. As a result, former gladiator Charlie has been forced into the role of two-bit promoter. Charlie finds himself piecing together cut-rate fighting bots from scrap metal as he makes the rounds on the underground boxing circuit.

    Then, just when it seems Charlie has sunken to the lowest point of his career, his estranged 11 year old son offers him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a comeback by building and training a bot champion.

    Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Meet Rocky

    In the not-so-distant future the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. Charlie Kenton, played by Hugh Jackman, is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000 pound, 8 foot tall steel robots took over the ring. Now working as a small time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money to survive by working and promoting fights as he moves from one underground boxing venue to another. In this robotic world of boxing it all comes down to a no-holds-barred arena and against all odds, both Charlie and his estranged son Max get one last shot at a comeback.

    I did enjoy Real Steel and the best way to describe it is Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Meet Rocky. This is a movie about hope and second chances and if you like the Rocky motif you will also enjoy this extended version of the old Twilight Zone episode Steel. While I enjoyed Real Steel, I’m only giving it three and a half Lloyd’s because for a two hour movie, it drags from time to time. I don’t think there were many scenes that could have been deleted as for the most part they all seem needed to carry the theme throughout the movie. But some of the scenes kind of make the movie stall out from time to time. While this would normally call for a major trashing of the movie in a review, the slow parts once again reveal the fact that Hugh Jackman is a great actor with a great screen presence.

    When it comes to the rest of the cast there’s really only one more person to mention as Real Steel is pretty much a two character movie. Relative newcomer to the big screen – Dakota Goyo – plays Max Kenton the eleven year old son of Charlie. While Goyo’s performance gets off to a somewhat rocky start, as the movie progresses his talent begins to shine. It’s almost like Hugh Jackman pulls a great performance out of this young star. For being his first major role on the big screen, Goyo rises to the occasion and here’s hoping we see more of him in the future.

    As already mentioned Real Steel is a movie about hope, comebacks and second chances. There are some very touching moments here as both a reunited father and son discover what’s really important in life. If you’re looking for great action, you will find that here in the midst of a wonderful story line. As for rating, with a PG-13 classification we have to say Real Steel is cautionary family-friendly. I debated on what to call this movie but in light of the fact that the young star is cast as an eleven year old, I went with the cautionary classification. There’s a lot of action and a lot of violence in this movie. If you do plan for the eleven and up crowd to see this movie, it will best viewed as a family. That way you can talk about the encouraging portions of the movie and second chances after the final credit roles.

    Enjoy the show!
    Dr. Rus