Author: Amanda Chen

THE VOW

You can’t help but compare a movie about a love story involving amnesia to the over-rated THE NOTEBOOK, especially with Rachel McAdams starring in it. Also, take a look at WEDDING CRASHERS and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE if you want to be more jealous of the incredibly beautiful Canadian actress that gets all the boys. I mean, who gets a headache waking up to Channing Tatum smiling back at you? Oh, what a terrible life she lives.

THE REBOUND

What more appropriate movie can Catherine Zeta-Jones be featured in than a romantic comedy involving a newly divorced woman falling for a much younger man? THE REBOUND experiments with the all too common idea that two people coming together after a bad relationship can find something good within each other. Of course, this can only happen in Hollywood where both parties are equally jaded and disbelieving of any future romantic possibilities.

MOON POINT

It’s always refreshing to see a local Canadian indie film hit the big screen. MOON POINT is an adorable story about a 24-year-old kid that goes on a crazy journey for a girl he had a crush on as a kid. Although it may be another typical coming-of-age story with long hours with some other crazy cats on the way, it had an authenticity that was very Canadian and hopefully can be appreciated by its fellow peers.

HAYWIRE

If the whole point of HAYWIRE is to look at a sexy, strong and independent woman kicking butt without the stunt devil and celebrity fanfare, it didn’t really succeed very much considering the fact that it was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featuring guys like Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum. If you’re going to get quality guys, you might as well get yourself Cameron Diaz or Angelina Jolie and make this another female protagonist Hollywood action thriller.

THE DEVIL INSIDE

Whoever edited the trailer of THE DEVIL INSIDE deserves a gold medal for making us think this could actually be a good movie, or at the very least, scary. Instead I found myself incredibly nauseous from the shaky filming, horny demons and dilated pupils. If you’re a fan of exorcist horror films, you will be severely disappointed. If you’re not a fan and are expecting to get spooked so you can snuggle up with whoever you’re going to the movies with, you’ll be severely disappointed too.

I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT

Whether or not you’re not quite the 40-something fashionista with a difficult pre-teen daughter trying to hold down her high status career like Sarah Jessica Parker, you’ll be able to relate to the underlining story behind I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT — get your life together. Beyond the cosmos and Manolo Blahnik shoes, we have to grow up one day or another and face the not-so-tiny army of mini-Martha Stuarts. Bake sale, anyone?

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

First of all, this doesn’t need to be in 3D. The animation in THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN (international title) is unbelievably real, right to the wind blowing through Tintin’s hair. I felt like I was Homer Simpson in that episode where he stepped into the real world when the film opens up with Tintin getting his portrait sketched at a local market and we see Herge’s classic cartoon of the round-faced boy journalist. As if you didn’t get it yet, now you know we’re suppose to really pay attention to the cartoon-brought-to-life aspect of this film. Now for the good stuff: we’re immediately introduced to the Unicorn (a model ship) and Tintin gets cracking on a potential story. Are you ready for 100 minutes of action-packed adventure, drunken tales and a ship full of treasure?

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

The story behind THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO needs no formal introduction: a burned journalist is getting big bucks to solve a murder mystery on a large family-owned industrial company. While cracking on this case, we’re introduced to the real star of the show, a computer hacker chick with a glorious dragon tattoo. Harriet who? We just want to know more about Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and her gorgeously grunge wardrobe.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

You don’t need to read any of the books and you definitely don’t need to see the first Sherlock Holmes to enjoy its sequel. Set in 1891, we get a glimpse of a much darker story behind the upcoming World War. Filled with bombs, ‘visualization’ fight scenes and homo-erotica, director Guy Ritchie definitely knows how to put on a good show, especially with all of Holmes’ amazing costumes. As he says, “it’s so overt it’s covert.”

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Although I completely adore Garry Marshall’s ability to jam-pack as many A-listers as he can while celebrating the most trivial holidays in the year (if you haven’t seen VALENTINE’S DAY, do it), I was a little disappointed with NEW YEAR’S EVE. Maybe I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful people running amuck in a beautiful city, but I felt a little disconnected from them, like they were off in another world of their own. “Celebrities. They’re just like us.” Not in this case.