I don’t think I ever commented about The Informant! In it, Matt Damon plays a guy working for a large agricultural firm. He becomes very well-versed in the company’s price-fixing conspiracy and then decides to report it to the FBI. Unfortunately, his story and his loyalty keep changing, frustrating the FBI’s attempt to capture the “bad guys.” At the end of the movie, the driving force for this behavior is revealed. Is it greed or something else? I had pretty much figured it out early on…see if you can. Scott Bakula and Melanie Lynskey also star.
Our Idiot Brother isn’t a great movie, but it does have a sweet message. Paul Rudd plays Ned, a very honest guy. His honesty seems to get him into all sorts of trouble. His mother and sisters, played by Shirley Knight, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer, are always bailing him out of his scrapes. He may not be as idiotic as he seems…It was cute. There were some funny parts. It’s definitely a renter.
Reservoir Dogs put Quentin Tarantino on the map. A group of thugs that are to use fake names are brought together by a big boss to commit a jewelry heist. We see what happens before and after the botched attempt. There is some flashing back. It was disgustingly graphic in places. Many good actors are in it: Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Lawrence Tierney and even Quentin himself. Despite that, I would’ve been okay not ever seeing it.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is based on a series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky. This animated feature is rated PG. I think it is a good decision because the movie is dark and a little too violent for the younger kids. It’s about bad owls and good owls. Some owlets get kidnapped by the bad owls, escape and try to find the mythical good owls who can beat up on the bad ones once and for all. Meh.
In Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a country music star who has fallen on hard times. Her husband is eager for her to get out of rehab and get her career back on track. On the tour with them are a songwriter who happens to be her lover from rehab and a young rising star. Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester also star. It was predictable and just okay.