Richard Crouse and Mark Breslin

Highlights of the summer movie season

The biggest film of last summer was Toy Story 3. What will hit the top of the charts this year? The Reel Guys have a look into their cinematic crystal ball and pick some favourites. Richard Crouse: Mark, it’s the season of crash, boom, bang. Movies with the number two, three and four in their...

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

It’s time to jump the pirate ship

At the behest of King George, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a one-time pirate now turned privateer, is searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth. His job is to claim it for England before the Spanish armada gets there. Meanwhile, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is shanghaied to work on board a ship run by...

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thor is the god of fun at the movies this weekend

Based on the Marvel comic book, the action in “Thor” really begins with our hero about to be named king by his father (Anthony Hopkins, classing up the joint). Seconds before daddy says the words, “You are king,” Frost Giants from an enemy realm interrupt the ceremony. Furious that his big day has...

Friday, May 6, 2011, 7:30 PM

Here's another word for 'Prom': Ugh

Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) is an overachieving senior and head of the prom committee. After spending weeks working on decorations for the big night a mysterious fire reduces her hard work to ash. Will the prom go on? Will school rebel Jesse Richter (Johnny Depp look-a-like Thomas McDonell)...

Friday, April 29, 2011, 2:30 PM

Water for Elephants feels old fashioned, but works

Set during the Great Depression, the story begins with veterinary student Jacob Jankowski (Twilight’s Robert Pattinson) finding a job as caretaker to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth menagerie. On the job he meets Marlena, (Reese Witherspoon) a beautiful equestrian star married...

Friday, April 22, 2011, 2:30 PM

Rio is good, but it's no Pixar

In Rio, nerd actor du jour Jesse Eisenberg plays, what else, a nerdy birdie—a domesticated macaw—from small-town Minnesota named Blu. He’s never learned to fly, but enjoys a happy and healthy life with his owner and BFF Linda (Leslie Mann). When they discover the last remaining female blue macaw (...

Friday, April 15, 2011, 7:30 PM

Liking 'Arthur' depends on liking Russell Brand

Russell Brand is Arthur Bach, the ne’re-do-well heir to an enormous fortune. He’s a womanizing playboy, a drunk man-child whose nanny (Helen Mirren) describes as “merely shaped like an adult.” When he embarrasses his mother, she brings down the hammer. Either he straightens up and marries the...

Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:30 PM

Hop is completely hopeless

Hop begins on Easter Island, home base of the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Laurie) and his son, EB (Russell Brand). On the other side of the planet, Fred O’Hare (James Marsden) is an unemployed SoCal slacker housesitting for his sister’s wealthy boss. Both EB and Fred have one thing in common—daddy...

Friday, April 1, 2011, 7:30 PM

Cooper proves his leading man chops

Bradley Cooper plays a slacker writer with a crappy apartment, an ex-wife and soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. His life changes when he begins taking a drug that allows him to access the other 80%. Suddenly he can learn languages in hours and can retrieve everything he has ever read, seen or thought about...

Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:30 PM

Mars Needs Moms is a pleasant surprise

The Earthbound portion of the story is set in Anywhere, USA. Little Milo (Seth Green) doesn’t like taking out the garbage. When his mom gives him a firm, but effective talking to, she unwittingly becomes a Martian overlord’s first choice as the model mom for the nanny bots that raise that planet’s...

Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:30 PM

Star power makes The Adjustment Bureau a winner

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt play star-crossed lovers who fell in love at first sight, but somehow, for years, are kept apart. When they have a second chance meeting he becomes determined not to let her go but the mysterious men from the Adjustment Bureau are just as determined to keep them apart....

Friday, March 4, 2011, 7:30 PM

No 'disarming' James Franco jokes, please

Richar Crouse: Mark, I have to say I don't really care who hosts the Oscars. For me the show is about the movies, not the hosts. But I think the choice of Anne Hathaway and James Franco is kind of intriguing, especially since he's said publicly, “If it’s the worst Oscar show ever, who cares?” With...

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:30 PM

Think you'll hate the Bieber flick? Never Say Never

Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverRichard: ***Mark: **1/2 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a 3D story of a pop prodigy who mastered a drumkit before he was ten years old and sold out Madison Square Garden when he was barely old enough to drive. Using a mix of archival and concert footage, it follows...

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:30 PM

Rogen's Hornet is Paris Hilton with chest hair

Richard Crouse: Superhero movies don’t generally get January releases. Typically they’re summer fare, warm weather entertainment catering to teens looking for something cool to pass the school break. But The Green Hornet isn’t a typical superhero movie. Directed by art house favourite Michel Gondry...

Friday, January 14, 2011, 6:28 AM

Country Strong does for country what Showgirls did for lap dances

Richard Crouse and Mark Breslin debate the merits of Country Strong. Richard Crouse: The first line of Country Strong’s catchiest song, Give Into Me, is “I’m gonna wear you down,” and sure enough the movie did wear me down in the last 30 minutes. For the first hour or so I thought the film had as...

Friday, January 7, 2011, 6:28 AM