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Reviews for June 17th, 2011






Battle for Brooklyn

Directed by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley


Please check back soon for a full review.
Number of times I checked my watch: 0
Opens at the Cinema Village and Indiescreen.
Released by Rumur Releasing.



Green Lantern

Directed by Martin Campbell



      Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a test pilot, has been chosen as the next warrior in the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic order that protect peace and justice. Their new enemy, Parallax, has yet to be defeated, so, when one of their warriors dies on Earth, itís up to Hal to help the Green Lanterns to help them win their dangerous battle as long as he wears a special ring that gives him the superpowers. After saving the life of his love interest, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), while in the Green Lantern gear, he soon informs her of his new superpowers which allow him to create anything he wants thatís in his mind as long as he wears a special green ring. Meanwhile, Dr. Amanda Waller (Angela Bassett), tracks down a ex-scientist, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), to help her study the Green Lantern alien that crashed to Earth and died. Tim Robbins plays Halís father, a senator.

      The screenplay has four credited writers, namely, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green (VII), and Michael Goldenberg, and, unfortunately, it feels that way because the genres of sci-fi, action and drama collide in one giant mess that never becomes even the least bit thrilling. Ryan Reynolds, whoís certainly capable of giving great performances and oozing charisma, does his best to rise above the material, but fails because the material simply feels too asinine, contrived and silly. A few of the scenes, especially those with Peter Sarsgaard, go into camp territory, but thatís not nearly enough to make the film veer into so-bad-itís-good territory like notoriously awful Battlefield Earth does. Fans of the comic book will be disappointed because none of those action scenes feel even remotely exciting while the narrative itself is oversimplified as if the dialogue were meant for audiences with very low IQs. Even the 3D effects donít help to keep you hooked into the film. At a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, Green Lantern is asinine, nauseating and often dull with no thrills or excitement to be found. Itíll make your eyes and ears bleed simultaneously.
Number of times I checked my watch: 8
Opens nationwide.
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures.



JIG

Directed by Sue Bourne


Please check back soon for a full review.
Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Opens at the Quad Cinema.
Released by Screen Media.



Mr. Popper's Penguins

Directed by Mark Waters


Please check back soon for a full review.
Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Opens nationwide.
Released by 20th Century Fox.


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