At The Movies: Transformers 3, Larry Crowne and Monte Carlo

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon and Larry Crowne


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Another week, and there’s a fresh set of films to see in theaters, so let’s start at the beginning. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, was the go to movie this weekend, as with the others it’s sure to turn into a summer blockbuster. Albeit this Transformers sported Rosie Huntington-Whiteley instead of Megan Fox as a result of complications between the “actress” and director Michael Bay, (I would go so far as to call this an improvement), that was not the only controversy surrounding the film. If you remember back to September 2010, an extra in the film was involved in an accident, one which left her severely brain damaged and paralyzed on her left side. Critics are a mixed bunch on this one, garnering praise for the special effects and action sequences but they’re quick to bash the underdone acting and script, so if it’s a compelling life changing EXPERIENCE you’re looking for, skip this one guys.

Larry Crowne may be more up your alley if you’re looking for quality. The acting led by Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks is of a better caliber and the story may just touch your heart. Mr. Hanks plays an out of work Navy veteran that enrolls in community college and falls in love with his speech professor, Roberts, along the way. I may note, Hanks also directed the film, quite a feat!

Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez, was the third highest profile offering this weekend. I have to stop for a minute and complement Gomez on her recent album offering, especially the single Love You Like a Love Song, but with that aside, Monte Carlo proves to be as predictable as many of those comedy flicks of the mid 2000s. I would liken this to an Amanda Bynes’ feature, you really want to love the foreseen plot and the scrappy editing, but you just can’t. Save money, this is a renter.

Bubbling just below the surface, you need to check out recent releases A Love Affair of Sorts and Leap Year, that is if in their limited release they hit your theater, otherwise look for it when it comes out on DVD. If you’re looking for something a little out there and dare I say it, Indie, these are what you’ll need to see.

Confused as to what to go see? Stick with Sami Jarroush a true MSN FilmFan, and he’ll guide you in the right direction. Until next week … happy theater going folks!

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon and Larry Crowne