The To Do List – 3/10.

A sexually inexperienced girl decides to lose her virginity before going to college.
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Writer/director Maggie Carey somehow contrives to make a very likeable cast churn out a terrible, embarrassingly bad film. Said cast includes Audrey Plaza as the protagonist, Alia Shawkat (Maeby from Arrested Development), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from Avengers, Young Neil from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Mclovin’) and Andy Samberg. Why any of those people (except Bill Hader who is married to Carey so kind of has to) got involved in this I will never know.
A juvenile and totally outdated concept with one dimensional, un-likeable characters and even a rubbish soundtrack to say it is set in 1993. Carey somehow even makes Audrey Plaza obnoxious which is unbelievable.
The To Do List is a throwback to smut fests of old like Porky’s, but at least Porky’s was actually funny, if a little charmless. The To Do List however is wildly offensive to both sexes, completely unoriginal and worst of all it is nearly two hours long! Only some decent Bill Hader one liners save this from The Mothman Prophecies territory.

John Dies at the End – 7/10.

Two normal slacker friends come across a new street drug that transports them through time and space and reluctantly into a battle they never wanted.

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Much like director Don Coscarelli’s other major recent work Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies at the End is fun, funny and eccentric. Whilst both are a really enjoyable, John Dies… lacks the charm and warmth found in Bubba Ho-Tep. What it loses in heart however, it makes up for with an appearance by Paul Giamatti who is a joy as ever.
On the face of it John Dies… is a daft, Sam Raimi inspired monster movie but under the surface there are some genuinely interesting philosophical ideas which make this cult film more than worthwhile.

The Internship – 7/10.

Two ageing salesman (Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn) find themselves unemployed in a world they do not understand. In an attempt to reconnect with modern society they take an internship at Google.

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To paraphrase one of the movies characters, The Internship is a film with ‘astounding limitations’. It is so predictable that at times it feels like this is done on purpose as a cutting satire on the rest of Vaughn and Wilson’s output. It is completely unoriginal (fish out of water story? in this day and age!), it is too long and that is to say nothing of the astonishingly offensive product placement and adoration of Google… But… But…

But in a market that has now become dominated by cynical, world weary geeks such as most of the people reading this it is actually quite refreshing to believe, if only for two hours, that the most stereotypical geek in the world (glasses obviously) can pull the ‘hot’ girl, or that two over the hill men can overcome impossible odds to achieve their dream (ugh). So yeah I actually enjoyed this slice of utter nonsense, it is not well made but it is fun and surely that is all Vaughn and Wilson intended.

This Is The End – 5.5/10.

Self indulgent and messy but a few laughs on the way.

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A bunch of celebrities playing themselves (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jason Segal, Michael Cera et al) encounter the end of the world during a party at James Franco’s house. Great premise but ultimately This is the End feels like a missed opportunity.
There is a few jokes at the actors expense (mainly at writer/director Seth Rogen) but this should have been a no holds barred, ‘roast’ style, take down of everyone involved and this never really transpires and it all ends up being far too pleased with itself. It feels like the cast just thought ‘we are funny as shit, lets just not write a script and film ourselves and it will be brilliant’.
With the comedy talent involved it would be ridiculous if there wasn’t a few funny moments and one liners and there is a couple of laugh out loud moments but not enough. Not as bad as the terrible Your Highness or Year One but the fact I am even mentioning This is the End in the same breath as those pieces of shit shows what a let down it is.

Warm Bodies – 7/10

Shit premise, executed brilliantly…

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I went into this expecting a ‘zomcom’ (ugh) for the Twilight generation but ended up pleasantly surprised. Nicholas Hoult is our protagonist as a kind of Zombie with locked in syndrome. The narration has Hoult talking normally about his day to day life as a zombie whilst showing him shuffling about and moaning monosyllabically as zombies are want to do.

The opening section is clever and satirically funny in a similar mold to Zombieland. It does all go a bit downhill once the love interest gets involved but Warm Bodies remains a decent watch throughout and is a unique entry in a normally samey genre.

This Is 40 – 6.5/10

This isn’t Sparta. This… Is… 40!

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Sequel of sorts to Knocked Up focusing on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years on.
There is literally no plot to This Is 40, ‘couple argue’ is pretty much it. There are some great one liners though and if you share my undying love for Paul Rudd there is a lot to enjoy.
One downside is that Director Judd Apatow amazingly still hasn’t learned that comedies should definitely not be over two hours long. A mistake he keeps making over and over again. Apatow is still probably the best Hollywood comedy director right now though in the absence of Kevin Smith and with the Coen Brothers work becoming more dramatic. A genuinely funny if forgettable movie.

Tower Heist – 6/10

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy decide to rob the resident of a penthouse suite in a tower block after he has lost the pension of the tower block workers. That just sounds terrible, which is why it has taken me so long to watch it…

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The truth is though, throw in Matthew Broderick and Casey Affleck and a smart script and for the first hour this is a good flick with some laugh out loud moments. Once the heist gets under way though things go downhill fast but this is not as bad as you might think.
Obviously there is stereotypical fat black woman knocking about, this is an Eddie Murphy movie after all, but for all its flaws this is Stillers best for a while and Murphys best for years.