ANOTHER EARTH (Mike Cahill, 2011)

 

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I think the low-budget indie feel helped a lot in making this film more grounded. I liked the human drama that unfolded before it became a full-on science-fiction movie.

The ending raised more questions and it ultimately veered away from its more engaging tale of redemption.

Brit Marling (in a breakthrough performance) completely captured the emotional guilt of her character.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

ANONYMOUS (Roland Emmerich, 2011)

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This is probably the first Roland Emmerich movie that I liked without feeling guilty after. It’s a big departure from his senseless action flicks.

Imagine a retelling of Shakespeare’s story as read on Page Six and you get pulpy good fun ala Shakespeare in Love. Only as a tragedy.

The entire British cast is spectacular, especially the majestic Vanessa Redgrave.

Rating: 4/5

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED (Mike Mitchell, 2011)

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I find talking and singing chipmunks adorable and that was the only reason why I didn’t give the lowest rating for this horrible kiddie film. I mean, how could one not like their versions of Survivor and Bad Romance?

For an adult, the movie was good for a (very) few chuckles. For kids, it might not be as enjoyable as the first two movies (most of the pop-culture references here were aimed at parents). The island-stranded girl (Googled her name – Jenny Slate) annoyed the crap out of me.

This was a completely forgettable flick but hey, the chipmunks sang Lady Gaga! How bad could that be? (Very. I know. So sue me.)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆