‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ – odd, but not good

[rating=2]Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Dianne Weist, David Morse, Rosemarie DeWitt
Director(s): Peter Hedges
Writer(s): Peter Hedges and Ahmet Zappa

CJ Adams in 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'
CJ Adams in ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’

“Jim Green” (Joel Edgerton) and “Cindy Green” (Jennifer Garner) are a happily married couple who live in Stanleyville.  Stanleyville is named after the town’s most famous former resident, the man who founded the Stanleyville Pencil Making company.  There’s a museum in town dedicated to him, and to pencils and that’s where Cindy works. There is a serious drought in the area.   Jim works at the pencil factory which is struggling.

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‘The Expendables 2’ is loud, fun, and a real ‘E’ ticket adventure

'The Expendables 2' (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger
‘The Expendables 2’ (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

The recipe for The Expendables 2 was pretty simple.  Take just about every famous and successful action-adventure star from the 1980s, stir into a simmering story about 5 tons of misplaced weapons grade plutonium and add lots of shooting and action.  Voila!  The nearly perfect popcorn flick for summer of 2012.

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‘Hope Springs’ won’t win Oscars, but it’s not bad

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in 'Hope Springs'
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Hope Springs’

[rating=3]Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Elisabeth Shue
Director(s): David Frankel
Writer(s): Vanessa Taylor

Let’s meet the Soames family.  “Arnold Soames” (Tommy Lee Jones) is an accountant who has a bad back, loves golf so much he falls asleep every night watching golf instructional television, and has been married for 31 years to “Kay” (Meryl Streep).  Kay works in a clothing store and longs for the days when Arnold didn’t sleep in a separate bedroom because of his bad back.  She longs for the days when he would touch her with longing, and kiss her somewhere other than chastely on the cheek .  She longs for the days when they had sex.  Frustrated, she is wandering through the self-help section of a brick and mortar bookstore (they are getting rarer and rarer, aren’t they?) when she finds a book on having a better marriage by “Dr. Bernie Feld” (Steve Carell) and buys it.

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‘The Campaign’ is a laugh riot

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in 'The Campaign'
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in ‘The Campaign’

[rating=3]Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Akyroyd
Director(s): Jay Roach
Writer(s): Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell

Meet “Cam Brady” (Will Ferrell).  He’s the four-term Congressman from North Carolina’s 14th district (in reality, NC has only 13 congressional districts at present).  He’s got a beautiful wife who is totally devoted to him, two great kids, and he is dedicated to his constituents, his district, his church and getting reelected.

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‘The Bourne Legacy’ is only an average inheritance

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz in 'The Bourne Legacy'
Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz in ‘The Bourne Legacy’

[rating=3]Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach
Director(s): Tony Gilroy
Writer(s): Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy from the novel by Robert Ludlum

In case you missed all the memos, there is very little of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth film to spring from the novels written by the late Robert Ludlum about a highly skilled intelligence operative.  If one believes the entertainment media, when director Paul Greengrass was no longer attached to Bourne IV, Matt Damon’s interest in the project ended.  That meant new story and new star.  Jeremy Renner became “Aaron Cross,” yet another incredibly trained and talented operative working for the shadowy forces that toil for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Composer Marvin Hamlisch, dead at age 68, won Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe… and even a Pulitzer Prize

Marvin Hamlisch, the prolific music composer and conductor, has died at the age of 68 following a short illness.  He did a lot in 68 relatively short years, and is the only person ever to have won an Oscar (3), a Tony, an Emmy (4), a Grammy (4), a Golden Globe (3) and a Pulitzer Prize.

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‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ is not bad… but it isn’t good either

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’

[rating=2]Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Gaynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Rebecca Dayan
Director(s): Lee Toland Krieger
Writer(s): Rashida Jones, Will McCormack

Rashida Jones is attractive, and has more than a little talent in the acting department.  She seems to be getting better as her career progresses.

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‘Craigslist Joe’ is an eye-opening documentary

Joseph Garner meets people across the country in 'Craigslist Joe'
Joseph Garner meets people across the country in ‘Craigslist Joe’

[rating=3]Starring: Joseph Garner
Director(s): Joseph Garner

Craigslist Joe is a new documentary film from first-time director Joseph Garner.  His idea was to explore a somewhat complex and yet simple at heart question.  Is the spirit of community gone from America?  Was it beaten out of its people by continued economic setbacks and an increasingly isolated, yet connected society thanks to social media?

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