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The Snapper

Stephen Frears directs this dramedy about a working-class Dublin family that’s thrown into chaos when they learn that daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) is pregnant. But by choosing not to reveal the identity of the father, Sharon becomes the target of rampant gossip. Colm Meaney co-stars in this adaptation of the book from Irish author Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy, which also includes The Commitments and The Van.

Rating: 6 out of 10

I randomly caught this one on Showtime, and I’m glad I did. It’s a charming film, loaded with Irish wit, humor and sentimentality.

The story is about a young girl who is pregnant out of wedlock in a small, working-class Irish town. Time hasn’t been too kind to this film, though. Young, pregnant girls aren’t exactly the most controversial topic nowadays — sadly. Sharon, the girl at the center of the story, is 20. So it’s not even like she’s that young.

But what does work is the genuine chemistry of the family. They live in a tiny little house, with a whole bunch of kids packed in like sardines. They have an authentic feel about them, the way they talk to each other, the way they play. It’s never corny. And the heart of the family is the father, played with great likability by Colm Meaney. The father and daughter move the picture well, even if the topic of the film doesn’t have a lot of impact.

Get Him to the Greek

Ambitious young record company intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) will let nothing get in the way of his planned rise to the top in the music business — not even the unruly rock star (Russell Brand) he must escort to Los Angeles for the start of his anniversary concert. Doing whatever it takes to get the rocker from Point A to Point B, Aaron encounters all manners of mishaps in this comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up).

Rating: 2 out of 10

Isn’t there a point during the production of a comedy where the director is supposed to ask, “Wait… shouldn’t this be funny?”

I didn’t laugh at all at this movie, which was a sort-of sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” that featured two of its lesser characters. I mistakenly was looking forward to seeing this and was disappointed to find that the film lost itself with loads of awkward and dirty moments that didn’t lead to laughs. Look, I get dirty humor. But I don’t need to see Jonah Hill shove a condom full of heroin up his morbidly obese ass. That dude seriously needs to lose some weight. He’s on a fast track for diabetes. And Russel Brand was boring and predictable. He has this swagger about him that shouts, “Look at me! I’m funny and charming, aren’t I?” No. No you’re not. The writing didn’t help his case. I didn’t find his rock star character’s sappy love song about his unit called “My Bangers and Mash” very funny. It’s just dumb. You can be dirty and clever — and even charming if it’s done right. Apatow did that so well with “Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin.” This was just an over-produced film with very little thought put into it. I feel like I lost a few I.Q. points watching this.

There are times when having a potty mouth is funny, but Judd Apatow needs to be slapped on the wrist for this one.

Dick Tracy

Legendary police detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) is the only man tough enough to take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters. Dedicated to his work but also devoted to his loyal girlfriend, Tess, Tracy’s torn between love and duty. Things get even stickier when Tracy’s saddled with an engaging orphan and meets seductive and sultry torch singer Breathless Mahoney (Madonna).

Rating: 8 out of 10

When people talk about great comic book movies, Dick Tracy is never in the conversation. But it should be.

I plucked this from the deep library on Netflix, and I’m glad I did. I really liked this movie as a kid but, as an adult, I like it even more. Beatty directed this visually intriguing film. It’s a noir world full of pastel colors. It is a dark place, full of criminals that are disfigured and warped. Tracy is ice-cold, not unlike Batman. This film has a similar feel to the world of Batman with the art deco buildings, neon lights and a camera watching from the shadows.

This comic book film is lighter in feel than most, however dark the characters are. Al Pacino is Big Boy Caprice, and he plays him to monstrous levels only he’s capable of. The film has a ridiculous cast, too. I’d argue the best of any comic book movie. Aside from Pacino and Beatty, the cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Sorvino, Madonna, James Caan, Kathy Bates, Mandy Patinkin and Seymour Cassel.

This movie was made with a great deal of forethought and love for the source material. It’s an original take with a visually stunning style, great performances, and a fun story. This is a film that should be in the conversation of great comic book movies.

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