The Wire’s Weekend Movie Round-up

December 24, 2010 |  by  |  Entertainment
(3 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5)

After you unwrap those presents and drink down that eggnog, nothing tops off Christmas like a movie!!

If you were disappointed by Tron 3D last weekend, maybe you’ll enjoy the quirky Cohen brothers or Gwyneth Paltrow as a country crooner on the verge of a breakdown. (Rumor has it she channeled her inner Britney Spears to master her crazy).

Read on for more movie picks!

According to Yahoo! Movies, here’s the low-down on this weekend’s hopeful blockbusters.

Gulliver’s Travels Jack Black is a writer on assignment in the Bermuda Triangle who finds himself washed ashore on the hidden island of Liliput. GRADE: B

Lemuel Gulliver is a mailroom clerk at a New York newspaper. After Gulliver bluffs his way into an assignment writing about the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle, he is hurtled to an undiscovered land, Lilliput. In this fantastical new world, Gulliver is a bigger-than-life figure — in size and ego — especially after he starts telling tall tales, taking credit for his world’s greatest inventions, and placing himself at the center of its most historic events. Gulliver’s position is enhanced even further when he leads his new friends in a daring battle against their longtime enemies. But when Gulliver loses it all and puts the Lilliputians in peril, he must find a way to undo the damage. Gulliver only becomes a true giant among men when he learns that it¿s how big you are on the inside that counts.

Little Fockers Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are back as father and son-in-law at odds in the latest installment of dysfunctional family comedy saga. GRADE: C

The test of wills between Jack Byrnes and Greg Focker escalates to new heights. It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan — including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin — descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch — or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

True Grit Jeff Bridges is an aging, drunken, one-eyed marshal who is enlisted by a 14-year-old girl to hunt down her father’s murderer. GRADE: B+

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Country Strong Gwyneth Paltrow is a fallen country star who embarks on a career resurrection tour with a rising young singer/songwriter. GRADE: B

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star, the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

 


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