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Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 14, 2012

Well television fans, you demanded it and,  you got it!

One of t.v.’s wackiest show, ‘Cougar Town’, premieres its new season tonight on ABC at 8:30 PM. We won’t lie, when this show first started we thought it was going to be a giant waste of time. But, then we watched a few episodes of it, and it was really weird and really quite funny. So, we’re kind of glad it’s back.

Well done Courteney Cox, you’re the only one to do anything worth watching since ‘Friends’ ended.

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New in Theatres · February 10, 2012

Another week behind us and a whole new bunch of movies at the theatres, except it’s actually just a whole lot of the some old stuff. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds team up for some “who’s working for who!?” double agent espionage crap, The Rock offers up more cheesy family fare and Rachel McAdams delivers another romantic chick flick that doesn’t have a hope in hell of being as beloved as ‘The Notebook‘.

Oh, and George Lucas has thrown Episode I back into the theatres again. Just to show that greedy old bastard what we think of his 3D re-release – we’re going to watch the original trilogy on VHS this weekend! Remaster that, Lucas!!!

Good Luck to you all!

SAFE HOUSE
No One Is Safe

Directing: Daniel Espinosa
Writing: David Guggenheim
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Price of Admission will get you: a formulaic thriller about an unsatisfied CIA desk jockey who gets more action than he bargained for when the best agent the agency ever had (until he went rogue) shows up on the doorstep of his Safe House.

Running Time · 115 min
Genre · Action / Crime / Mystery / Thriller
Rating · R

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
Believe the impossible. Discover the incredible

Directing: Brad Peyton
Writing: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn (screenplay/story), Richard Outten (story), Jules Verne (novel)
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Luis Guzmán

Price of Admission will get you: yet another in which people fly around on bees!! We don’t understand why this is such a magical friggin’ idea for everyone!? There has never been – nor will there ever be – a point in time in which we dream about tooling around the countryside on the back of a bee! But you could see The Rock do it this weekend … in 3-D!

Running Time · 94 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Rating · PG

THE VOW
“Inspired by true events.” 

Directing: Michael Sucsy
Writing
: Jason Katims, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Michael Sucsy (screenplay), Stuart Sender (story)
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

Price of Admission will get you: bland and generic old Channing Tatum trying to win back the heart of his amnesic wife…and using every cliché in the book to do it!
Happy Valentine’s Day, suckers!

Running Time · 104 mins
Genre · Drama / Romance
Rating · PG-13

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Smash: From The Big Apple To The Small Screen

“There’s a broken heart for every light on broadway.” And, apparently there is also a cliché for every aspect of NBC’s ‘Smash’.

NBC’s ode to Broadway premiered tonight with lots of hype and lots of critical acclaim, so when we tuned in we were surprised to find a whole lot of nothing. While we understand they are trying to show that the process from having an idea to turning it into an actual production takes a long time, there seemed to be almost nothing going on in this pilot to make us want to tune in again. We’re definitely not sitting on the edge of our seats to find out which babe gets the lead role – there is no suspense. And if the plot is as cliché as the characters we’re pretty sure we know who will get it anyway.

Everyone’s favourite American Idol runner-up, Katherine McPhee, plays the fresh-faced, new-to-New York Karen Cartwright. She’s your stereotypical mid-westerner, trying to live the dream. She’s the little fish in the big pond, and trying to make it without losing her morals and wholesome outlook on life. The pilot even included a visit from Ma and Pa. Shockingly, Mr. and Mrs. Smallville want to support their daughter, but don’t agree with her decision to move to the big city.

Also trying to live the dream, is Megan Hilty’s Ivy Lynn – an actress who has made a name for herself as part of the chorus line, but is striving to breakout and become a real star. Her resume is full of experience, but she just can’t seem to get cast as the star. Despite her actual successes and ability to get her foot in the door at her fiercely competitive career choice, her parents are wildly unsupportive and indifferent. At first we thought she was playing the “aging” actress due to her pancake-faced makeup. Later we realized that was their lazy way of showing the difference between her dime-a-dozen persona and McPhee’s fresh-faced new girl.

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Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 6, 2012

There’s no business like show business, and that’s exactly what the creators of the new show ‘Smash’ want you to think.

NBC is premiering the show at 10 PM tonight. We’ve already watched the pilot online, and it’s the first time in a long while that the SurlyGurls have disagreed. Whitney thought it was the most boring hour of her life, with absolutely no desire to see what happens to any of the characters. Andrea on the other hand thought it was pretty good, with a lot of great musical numbers.

If you’re into shows about the creative process of making a hit broadway musical and the stress and agony of being a struggling actress then this show is for you.

Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 3, 2012

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and where they came from? Who hasn’t? Well, if you want to watch a bunch of celebrities find out where their roots lie, you’re in luck tonight.

NBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ premieres at 8 PM. The season three premiere gives us all a chance to find out where Martin Sheen’s family came from. Who knows, maybe there is some tiger blood somewhere along the line.

 

New in Theatres · February 03, 2012

This weekend a sinister ghost lady, another sinister ghost lady, a family of trapped whales and some super-powered teenage douchebags take on the SUPER BOWL!! Who will win?! Harry Potter or the Patriots!? The Giants of the Sea or the NY Giants!? Let’s take a look at what Tom Brady and Eli Manning are up against.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Do you believe in ghosts?

Directing: James Watkins
Writing: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Susan Hill (novel)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Price of Admission will get you: Harry Potter brandishing an axe and a candlestick against a sinister ghost lady in this spooky old-fashioned Hammer Film.

Running Time · 95 min
Genre · Drama / Horror / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

CHRONICLE
What are you capable of?

Directing: Josh Trank
Writing: Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis, Josh Trank (story)
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell, Dane DeHaan

Price of Admission will get you: a found footage flick about a group of teenagers who gain superhuman abilities and then immediately demonstrate why teenagers should not have superhuman abilities.

Running Time · 83 min
Genre · Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

BIG MIRACLE
A family of whales trapped beneath the ice. One unforgettable rescue.”

Directing: Ken Kwapis
Writing: Jack Amiel (screenplay), Michael Begler (screenplay), Thomas Rose (book)
Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

Price of Admission will get you: another inspirational true story about troubled marine mammals; like last September’s ‘Dolphin Tale‘ only with Gray whales… and Drew Barrymore. Don’t worry, there will be all the same opportunities to try to hide the fact you’re crying like a baby!

Running Time · 107 min
Genre · Drama / Romance
Rating · PG

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New in Theatres · January 27, 2012

THE GREY
“Live or Die on This Day”

Directing: Joe Carnahan
Writing: Joe Carnahan (screenplay), Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay/short story)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Price of Admission will get youLiam Neeson in a two-hour movie apparently based on the famous Grampa Simpson’s line “I’m cold and there are wolves after me…

Running Time · 117 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Rating · R

ONE FOR THE MONEY
“She’s looking for a few not-so-good men”

Directing: Julie Anne Robinson
Writing: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius (screenplay), Janet Evanovich (novel)
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo

Price of Admission will get you: another typical ‘Katherine Heigl’ movie… basically of lot of her looking pretty and caught up in wacky romantic misadventures.

Running Time · 106 min
Genre · Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

MAN ON A LEDGE
“You can only push an innocent man so far.”

Directing: Asger Leth
Writing: Pablo F. Fenjves
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Mandy Gonzalez

Price of Admission will get you: Sam Worthington literally standing on a ledge for the duration of the movie. Thankfully, there are some other people running around doing stuff while he’s out there doing nothing.

Running Time · 102 min
Genre · Crime / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

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