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Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Studiocanal's "Non-Stop"

Jon Abrahams - Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Studiocanal's "Non-Stop" At Regency Village Theatre - Westwood, California, United States - Tuesday 25th February 2014

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Picture - Jon Abrahams Los Angeles, California, Monday 16th June 2008

Jon Abrahams Monday 16th June 2008 having lunch with a friend in West Hollywood Los Angeles, California

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Scenes of the Crime Review


Weak
Tip for those of you who want to make a gangster thriller flick: Don't set it largely in a van parked outside a dingy deli. Not really the glamor scene you're looking for, even if you do have perennial actor's actor Jeff Bridges trapped in back. While this cat and mouse game is woefully lacking in grandeur and carries few surprises in its plot, it's got a few goodish performances and soliloquys that make the two hours something better than truly awful.

They Review


Terrible
Watching a truly scary movie is a great cure for drowsiness. Your heart thumps a little harder and your eyes get wider as you look for the next threat or listen for the bump in the night. Those things didn't happen when I watched They. After some 90 minutes of predictable thrills and chills, my winter coat was looking like a giant multi-colored pillow. The temptation to use it as such was overwhelming.

My obligations as a movie reviewer prohibit such behavior, so I got to see one of the most boring horror movies in recent memory. They's plot concerns a trio of young adults who delve into the world of nocturnal monsters with the help of their late friend's journal, which explains the creatures' behaviors. One actor in this group is Ethan Embry, who's gone from courting Jennifer Love Hewitt in the almost cult classic Can't Hardly Wait (1998), to getting third billing here. Come to think of it, that fact is scarier than anything you'll see in They.

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Prime Review


OK
The title makes no sense - when you hear Prime, you expect a movie about numbers or meat - but the sentiments found in this cute romantic comedy are easily identifiable. Writer/director Ben Younger follows up his stocks-and-bombs thriller Boiler Room with an unpolished but idealistic date fling that sounds like a sitcom setup but has more charm than a television set could contain.

Younger aimed high when casting for his sweet screenplay and attached two marquee names to his personal endeavor. Meryl Streep dons a frumpy wig and horn-rimmed spectacles to create Lisa Metzger, a Manhattan mensch and doting psychotherapist currently treating newly divorced, statuesque blonde bombshell Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman). Following Lisa's advice to let loose a little, Rafi enters a relationship with David (Bryan Greenberg), a lower East Side painter who happens to be 14 years younger... and Lisa's son.

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House of Wax (2005) Review


Terrible
At last count, summer 2005 has approximately 2,005 remakes on the slate, from a re-imagined Bewitched to a rejuvenated War of the Worlds. The parade of photocopies was supposed to begin this week with House of Wax, a marketable, MTV-friendly version of the original and far superior 1953 version, which starred Vincent Price.

But can you technically call this new House a remake? Helmed with vague sensibilities by music video director Jaume Serra, this vacant lot bears absolutely no resemblance to its predecessor, save for the fact that they both feature suspicious wax museums. That's like saying Titanic is a remake of The Poseidon Adventure because they both take place on capsized luxury liners.

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Outside Providence Review


Grim
The latest entry on the long list of follow-up disappointments will have to be Outside Providence, a film sort-of from the Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary) with practically none of its charm.

Based on an old novel by Peter Farrelly, this is the (obviously autobiographical to some extent) tale of a good-for-nothing, super-poor kid called Dunph (Hatosy) growing up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (you know, outside Providence). When he gets high and smashes the car into a police cruiser, dad somehow works a deal to get him sent to a prep school in Connecticut, where he finds himself a fish out of water.

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Scary Movie Review


Weak
A cynic would say any filmmaker is looking for trouble by trying to make a spoof out of another spoof.

Scary Movie is just that spoof, a Wayans brothers special that's a flat-out parody of Scream -- both of which ironically were produced by Dimension Films. Studio spoofs itself -- now that's comedy!

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Meet the Parents Review


Extraordinary
Pity poor Greg Focker. Not only is the man employed as a male nurse with an unfortunate name, but he's about to meet his girlfriend's parents in order to ask dad for her hand in marriage. Only dad is about as humorless as, say, Robert De Niro. And poor Greg can't do anything right to save his skin.

It all reminds me, with flashback-like intensity, of meeting my own father-in-law-to-be, a guy so stern he makes De Niro look like Jim Carrey. Picture Ben Stiller as Focker (or me) and De Niro as himself, and, like magic, you've got yourself one hell of a comedy that will see few equals this year or any other. (Note to Dr. Carder: This is just a joke that I know you'll laugh about because we have such a great relationship! See you this Christmas!!!)

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Scary Movie Review


Grim

It takes "Scary Movie" almost until its closing credits to produce its first real out-loud laugh -- and even then it's a laugh mostly for those who have seen "The Usual Suspects."

Don't get me wrong. This post-modern horror spoof has a respectable number of chuckles, snorts, snickers and small giggles courtesy of scattered moments of Mel Brooks/Zucker Bros. lampoonery. It has a ready supply of eeeewwwwws, too, since director Keenan Ivory Wayans takes more than a few cues from the "Something About Mary"/"South Park" school of raunchy comedy.

But just adding fart jokes, dick jokes and pop culture winks with a half-life of two weeks to scenes lifted wholesale from "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" does not a comedy make.

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They Review


Terrible

After almost 90 minutes of stodgy "what's that in the shadows?" jump-frights and a whole lot of foot dragging, there is exactly one chilling conceptual payoff moment at the end of the nightmare-themed horror movie "Wes Craven Presents: They."

But of course I wouldn't give away that ending, so let me tell you the only thing you need to know to understand how utterly mediocre this flick is: Horror meister Wes Craven ("Scream," "Nightmare on Elm Street," etc.) didn't write, direct or even produce this movie -- but Dimension Films knew they couldn't sell it on its own merits, so they paid him for his titular above-title endorsement.

The plot follows four college kids who as children all had night terrors in which evil somethings came to drag them away in the dark. Nineteen years later the suicide of one of the four leads the remaining three to a slow realization: "That's when they marked us, and now they're back!"

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Meet The Parents Review


Weak

Imagine asking Robert De Niro for his daughter's hand in marriage. (Shudder!) Now imagine he's an ex-CIA agent who keeps a lie detector in his basement. (Eek!) Now imagine you're Ben Stiller.

Now you see where "Meet the Parents" gets all its best laughs.

A middling comedy-of-the-uncomfortable escapade in which casting is the key, "Parents" stars Stiller as Greg Focker, a very nervous boyfriend spending a nightmare weekend at the childhood home of the girl he loves (Teri Polo).

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