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Leap Year Review

Neither funny nor original enough to really register, this breezy little film will only really entertain those who haven't seen very many rom-coms, and therefore can't predict every single scene. Although the cast members just about emerge with their dignity intact.

Anna (Adams) is an energetic professional woman in Boston with the perfect heart-surgeon boyfriend in Jeremy (Scott). Except that he won't propose to her.

So when he heads for Dublin to attend a conference, she decides that, since it's a leap year, she'll surprise him there and ask him to marry her, a proposal that tradition says he can't refuse. But the journey goes all wrong, and she ends up on the road with scruffy, cantankerous, gorgeous Irishman Declan (Goode). Gosh, what could possibly happen?

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Picture - Deborah Kaplan New York City, USA, Wednesday 6th January 2010

Deborah Kaplan Wednesday 6th January 2010 The world premiere of 'Leap Year' held at the Directors Guild of America Theater - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Made of Honor Review

Tom (Patrick Dempsey) had one good idea in college. He invented the coffee collar, that cardboard ring that fits around a cup and keeps a customer's hand from burning.

Today, Tom's a self-made (and self-absorbed) millionaire who spends his evenings with random bimbos and his days with best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan).Though they form the perfect pair, Tom doesn't view Hannah as girlfriend material until she leaves Manhattan on a six-week business trip to Scotland. Like a lovesick pup, Tom fidgets and whines until his loved one returns. Too bad for him Hannah's baggage includes a strapping Scottish fiancée (Kevin McKidd).

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Josie and the Pussycats Review

Remember all those television-themed movies in the 90s, big-screen versions of TV favorites that were devoid of any energy (The Flintstones, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Little Rascals, Sgt. Bilko)? Well, forget that problem with Josie and the Pussycats. This pop culture comedy is just popping with giggles, laughs, rockin' tunes, a smart script, and an infectious spirit.

If you're old enough to remember the Josie and the Pussycats cartoon (from the Archie comics), but young enough to have actually watched it, you'll dig this. The plot is a kick -- a trio of peace-loving, friends 4-ever, rockin' chicks get hurled into the limelight as the next big thing... only to realize they're just a corporate vessel carrying subliminal messages that make teenagers part with their cash.

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Surviving Christmas Review

Halloween hasn't arrived yet and we're already getting the first holiday film of the season. Despite opening to the tune of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," the timing of Surviving Christmas could not feel worse. We haven't even set our clocks back, and the trees haven't lost their leaves, but we're supposed to believe that Christmas is right around the corner? Fat chance, Santa -- this film won't even survive long enough to see turkey day. But, it's just that kind of attitude that makes this spiteful little movie work.

Ben Affleck plays the lonely but wealthy media marketing executive Drew Latham. He prefers to ditch his family this holiday and take his materialistic girlfriend Missy (Jennifer Morrison) on a first-class trip to Fiji. Missy emphatically rejects his offer and dumps him for wanting to take her away from her family at Christmas. At the advice of Missy's quack psychologist, Drew's therapy is to write down all of his grievances with his family and burn them in front of his childhood home. While this ridiculously manufactured scenario presents a good treatment option for Drew, to the rest of us, it reeks of rotten eggnog.

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Review

All right. I withered away my youth watching The Flintstones like just about every other kid in the 80s. That doesn't mean I have to like the movie or feel the slightest pang of nostalgia. I won't give any special points to The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas for invoking some memory in me of the pre Cartoon Network days when I watched "The Flintstones" on a black and white TV located outside of my room in the house that I grew up in.

Viva Rock Vegas is bad. Real bad. It features the same kind of dry humor that the show did, and thus makes you wonder why you watched the show in the first place. It slowly sucks the life out of you and gets progressively worse in a 80-minute running time that feels like two hours. It has the high point of watching The Great Gazoo, an alien sent to observe prehistoric man's mating patterns, get kicked and crash into signs.

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Can't Hardly Wait Review

Surprisingly well-realized teen party film about the last night a bunch of high school kids have as, well, high schoolers. Follows a dozen often hilarious stories, the least interesting of which, unfortunately, is the Ethan Embry-Jennifer Love Hewitt wannabe romance. Otherwise, a really good movie and a lot of fun. Recommended.

A Very Brady Sequel Review

There are enough laughs to be had in this sequel to The Brady Bunch Movie, but it's hardly a riot. It's hardly an episode of Friends, really. Hustled out only one year after the original, Brady 2 gets to all the gags we didn't quite have time for in the first film: from the surfing accident to cousin Oliver.

The Brady Sequel gets a lot raunchier, too, with a major subplot about Greg and Marcia's seemingly inappropriate budding love affair, and plenty of innuendo outside of that. The primary plot concerns a stolen artifact, which just so happens to be residing in the Brady residence. When Carol's first husband Roy (Tim Matheson), presumed dead, shows up looking for it, havoc breaks loose. Turns out he's a thief and will do anything to get it; along the way he fiddles with that old-fashioned Brady do-gooder spirit, telling Peter he has to "lie, cheat, steal, or kill" in order to make it in "the big house."

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