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The Lorax (2012) Review by Liz Parker

Film review by Detroit Screener guest blogger Liz Parker of Yes/No Films.

The Lorax is based on the 1971 children’s book by Dr. Seuss, and has a very talented voice cast that includes stars like Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, and Betty White. The film is actually more than just a kids movie: it’s also a cautionary tale about environmental destruction, and has PG-type humor geared toward adults. At the same time, The Lorax has colorful visuals and 3D effects that will appeal to kids.

Ted (voiced by Efron, New Year’s Eve) has a major crush on his older next door neighbor, Audrey (Swift, Valentine’s Day). He buys a model plane and intentionally flies it into her backyard so that he can knock on her door and talk to her; Audrey invites Ted inside and shows him a picture she’s drawn on the back of her house. It’s a picture of the truffula trees, which used to grow everywhere, until they disappeared. Audrey tells Ted that her goal in life is to find a real, living tree, and that she would probably marry anyone who brought her one. This of course makes Ted determined to find Audrey a tree, and his grandma (voiced by White, TV’s Hot in Cleveland) tells him how to find one: go outside of town and find the Onceler, who knows of such things.

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2 years ago

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Gone Review by Liz Parker

Film review by Detroit Screener guest blogger Liz Parker of Yes/No Films.

Amanda Seyfried has come a long way since 2004’s Mean Girls, and Gone showcases her at her best. Although there are various supporting characters throughout the film, the movie focuses on her character, for the most part, and audiences must decide if her character really did get abducted two years ago or if it’s all in her head, as the police seem to think.

Jill (Seyfried, In Time) lives in Portland (Oregon) with her sister, Molly (Emily Wickersham, I Am Number Four), a student. Jill works nights at a local diner, and she’s vigilant about walking by herself at night; in one scene, a man wearing a hoodie walks briskly down the street towards Jill, who crosses to the other side of the street to avoid him, just in case. One night, Jill returns from work around 6:30am and goes to wake up Molly, who has an exam that day; Molly, however, is nowhere to be found. Jill quickly canvasses the house, but all she finds missing are her sister’s purse and an old picture taken out of a picture frame. Panicked, she drives to the police station, and tells them that the person who abducted her two years ago, from the very same house, has taken Molly. They also must find her quickly because he will probably kill her that night, like he intended to do with Jill. Read more »

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Wanderlust Review by Liz Parker

Film review by Detroit Screener guest blogger Liz Parker of Yes/No Films.

I watched both the regular and the “red band” (R-rated) trailers for Wanderlust before the screening, but the movie was even raunchier than its trailers led me to believe it would be. Most of the time the jokes in it were pretty funny, though, and the audience was laughing throughout the film. Although the movie held my interest for most of its runtime, there were a few scenes where it unfortunately slowed down a bit, too.

George (Paul Rudd, Our Idiot Brother) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston, Horrible Bosses) are Manhattanites who have just bought their very own “microloft” (aka, studio apartment) in the West Village. Linda is still “trying to find her major,” as George puts it, but currently she has made a documentary about penguins with cancer, which she is trying to pitch to HBO. George works in an apparently corrupt office, as one day the FBI brings his boss outside in handcuffs; George, therefore, needs a new job. When Linda’s documentary doesn’t sell either, they decide to sell their apartment and move to Atlanta to live with George’s moronic brother (Ken Marino, TV’s Childrens Hospital) and his wife, and George will work for him until they are back on their feet. Read more »

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2 years ago

Act of Valor Review by Liz Parker

didn’t actually start out as a movie

Film review by Detroit Screener guest blogger Liz Parker of Yes/No Films.

: originally, it was to be a documentary about Navy SEALS, and it then changed into a recruitment video. Finally, the directors had the idea of making it into an actual feature-length movie, which is what you will see in theaters today. The Navy SEALs portrayed in the film are all active duty Navy SEALs in real life, as well, and although the acting may suffer because of this, the situations they find themselves in are all too familiar for them.

The film starts out with a kidnapping of two CIA agents by terrorists, who had blown up a device at an international children’s school that same week. The Navy SEALs are deployed to secure and stop the terrorists, and they find out that the terrorists are planning on smuggling immigrants into the U.S. via Mexico as suicide bombers. The immigrants will be wearing vests that are undetected by metal detectors, thus proving very dangerous, as they can get through any security system. The SEALs only lead is a man who has been working with the terrorists, and they corner him on his yacht in the ocean to try and get information out of him. They must find the immigrants and stop them from entering the U.S. before it is too late. Read more »

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