Family Movie Night

by Karyn Bowman

As much as I love slogging through old movies I love, I also get excited about movies I have not seen – yet.

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My kids went to see The Muppets while it was still in the theater but they went without me. But it sounded like they had fun watching Jason Segal and his girlfriend, Amy Adams, try to save the Muppet Theater from a nefarious oilman.

There is singing and dancing a lots of good fun in this movie, according to my kids. Heck, one of the songs won an Oscar for Best Original Song in a movie. I am pretty sure the next time we watch a movie, it will be The Muppets.

Another family movie coming to the racks this week is Hop starring Russell Brand. You might be wondering if Brand can dial down his raunchy sense of humor for a kid movie. Well, he does for the most part and it is a lot of fun.

It is a sweet story about the son of the Easter Bunny who wants to be a drumming rock star instead taking over his dad’s role of the Easter Bunny.  To make matters worse, there is a takeover plot at the Easter Bunny factory and ninjas.

My issues are with James Marsden who annoys me greatly in this movie for being such a loser, a purposeful loser. I am not even sure he is interested in actually working. But he connects with the little bunny and they work together.

This is a movie kids can watch and there’s some potty humor. Adults won’t be hitting their head against the wall out of boredom but I think you can get away with never having to watch it again after the first time.

Now there are two movies coming out for adults that I am really interested in seeing.

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The first is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig as a fallen journalist investigating the 40-year-old disappearance of a young girl. He is aided by punker Rooney Mara in this gritty movie that goes into the dark places most of us avoid.

Mara received an Oscar nomination for her performance that is tight and heavy and perfect for this movie. This movie is rated ‘R’ for strong sexuality, brutal violence and strong language. A child or a sensitive soul should not view this movie.

Finally, there is another Oscar nominated movie that I am looking forward to seeing. Gary Oldman was nominated for his role as George Smiley, a worker within British Intelligence who is trying to figure out who is the double agent.

Oldman is joined by Ciarran Hinds, Colin Firth, Toby Jones and John Hurt in this action-packed movie that also gives great character studies. It is rated ‘R’ for violence and language. Because of the content, this is not an advisable movie for younger children. But for those who want to see great acting, well, join me in being excited to see it.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.