New Movie Friday: Never Say Never, Gnomeo & Juliet, Just Go With It, The Eagle

Once in a while, an Adam Sandler movie comes along that I actually like. I’m hoping ‘Just Go With It’ falls into that category. I continue to like Jennifer Aniston, even though her movies have been so-so lately. ‘The Switch,’ ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ and ‘Love Happens’ all blend together in my memory.

gnomeo-juliet-1Also in theaters: romantic garden gnomes, Roman soldiers, and the teen sensation that is Justin Bieber. A fun weekend ahead for me at the movies!

‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ – It’s a Disney movie about garden gnomes based on the work of Shakespeare, voiced by several Shakespearean actors, with a soundtrack by Elton John. Sounds fun, although I’m worried about how it’s going to end.

Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) have just as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes. Not only are they smack in the middle of feuding neighbors, but they’re also dealing with pink flamingos and lawnmower races, not to mention the fact that, well, they’re gnomes. Rated G; 84 minutes; official site; Facebook.

‘Just Go With It’ – First of all, I thought this movie would be rated R because of all the crude and sexual content. I think it’ll be one of those that pushes the boundaries. The story follows a plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) who convinces his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend. Nicole Kidman (odd movie for her?) and Nick Swardson also star.

As mentioned, I’m not crazy about Sandler movies as a whole, but I’ll check it out and let you know if you need to wait for the DVD. Rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language; 116 minutes; official site.

‘The Eagle’ – Channing Tatum plays a young soldier in Roman-ruled Britain whose quest is to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem.

Tatum is an interesting actor, because I associate him with the ‘Step Up’ movies (he’s a great dancer), and yet he’s done all sorts of films, including ‘Stop-Loss’ (war), ‘Dear John’ (romance), and ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ (comic book).

I guess it’s good when you can’t pigeon-hole an actor into a certain genre. We’ll see how he does with ‘The Eagle.’ Rated PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images; 114 minutes; official site; Facebook.

‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ – No, it’s not a new James Bond movie, it’s pop star Justin Bieber’s documentary film in 3D (what the…). My 13-year-old daughter has no interest in seeing this (and no interest in Bieber, for that matter), so I’m wondering if his audience is girls aged 9 to 11 and, uh, possibly their moms, if that’s not too creepy.

I can only name a couple of his songs, but that’s because I heard them in the trailer, so it’s clear that his publicity machine has been working overtime to over-expose this kid to the max. Is it jaded to worry about him ending up in rehab in a few years? I hope he doesn’t. Rated G; 105 minutes; official site.


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    This movie is HILARIOUS!!! Easy the best comedy I have seen in a long long time. Everything is really well done, and even though the ending is obvious as anything you just REALLY enjoy the ride. Kind of like life, you know the ending but you gotta know how you get there. If you don’t see this movie, then I just pity you. You’d be missing out on something that is just great. I came to Amazon immediately after watching the movie to try to place a preorder…IT’S THAT GOOD!!!!!

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