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Reviews for December 9th, 2011






Magic to Win

Directed by Wilson Yip




Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Opens nationwide.
Released by China Lion.



New Year's Eve

Directed by Garry Marshall






      Just when you thought that romantic comedies couldnít get worse than Gigli, New Yearís Eve comes along and manages to be one of the most excruciating and silly romcoms in quite some time. If you recall the cringe-worthiness of watching Lily Tomlin as a cougar who somehow seduces and sleeps with John Travolta in Moment by Moment or any scenes with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gigli, youíll know what itís like to sit through New Yearís Eve. To explain any of its vignettes that inevitably blend together at New Yearís Eve in Times Square would be pointless because not a single character has a shred of believable qualities about him/her. Most of those plot strands seem to have been written by someone with the mindset of an immature teenager given how the adults behave unlike any sensible adult would behave. If youíre watching this film just to see the face of any actor/actress you admire whether itís Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer or Katherine Heigl, youíll go home happy, but if youíre expecting to laugh, cry or to be actually entertained by an engaging story with interesting characters, youíll be very disappointed.

      Even Valentineís Day had a pleasantly diverting scene or two up its sleeve, but New Yearís Eve offers nothing but one bland, contrived scene after another with plenty of asinine, stilted dialogue by screenwriter Katherine Fugate to make your ears bleed. Perhaps if she had set the film on an entirely different planet or added some campiness, it would have been at least somewhat believable and entertaining. Logic and reason can certainly be thrown out the door in a romcom, but up to a certain degree. So much transpires without rhyme or reason that itís an insult to the audienceís intelligence. Even Sarah Palinís intelligence would be insulted. For a romcom to be more than the traditional 90 minutes, it should have a raison d'Ítre, but, at a running time of nearly 2 hours New Yearís Eve, has neither that nor anything remotely redeeming. Save yourself the torture and rent Love Actually instead.

Number of times I checked my watch: 8
Opens nationwide.
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures.


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