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    Flying Men, Funny Pirates, Wrestling Monks and Too Much Fashion Sum up Summer Movies

    Superman Returns-In Style

    Finally, there is a tall dark handsome man who is always there when you need him- don’t get too excited ladies. This man only exists in the movies. The young star that played the man of steel is Brandon Routh. Not much of an actor, he only has a few lines in the movie, which is all he needs. The hard working journalist/mother/wife/lover of Superman was played by Kate Bosworth. Dedicated but bitter about Superman leaving, it is quite exciting to see them reunite. Kevin Spacey’s betrayal of Lex Luther was on the money. He not only captivated the intelligent evil character, but added his own acting style to the part. Though the movie runs a little long, which is about two and half hours, it is well worth the ten dollars. Superman rockets through the sky without fear to save the day and the world. Busting through airplane wings and stopping out of control villains. For those people who aren’t very avid comic book readers would find the movie flawless and great for a rainy night. On the other hand, the people who haven’t been living under a rock might be disappointed in some minor errors that were overlooked, such as Superman having contact with kryptonite but ignoring that fact and continuing to be super. Overall there is a fine balance between the dramatic and the action scenes with respectable actors adding to the fun.

    Nacho Libre- Not Just a Saucy Mexican Monk

    Watch out, Jack Black is back on the scene as Nacho Libre. The character Nacho is a poor Mexican monk who is working as a cook in a monastery. In order to help the children he needs to sin against his religion by wrestling. Though he is dedicated to his faith and belongs to this brotherhood, his desire to help the children and become a man of respect and fame is beyond that. Foolishly parading around the ring in tight stretchy pants and bright read ankle boots, it is quite the scene. He sequentially loses a strain of wrestling matches but is still paid. With this money he is able to buy decent food for the orphaned children that he cares so much about.’ Nacho Libre, while similar in fashion to Napoleon Dynamite, actually has a plot. Jared Hess has made a great stride in his film-making by developing characters that the audience can love and hate. People who didn’t like Napoleon Dynamite shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this film. With its endearing moments and comedic action it is something that the whole family can watch together. It is a laugh out loud, feel good kind of movie which has become rare in Hollywood. It is something that is a little more wholesome than the average movie these days but is great to watch. Jared Hess gets the message across that masculinity is not defined by big muscles, money and women, but doing the right thing no matter what the Catholic Church thinks.’ ‘

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest- With a Beating Heart Inside

    From 21JumpStreet to the big screen box office hits, Johnny Depp has a diverse group of fans. He won over even more hearts this time with his character Jack Sparrow. Mr. Sparrow, who is constantly getting into trouble, battling ghosts, fighting cannibals, slicing large sea monsters, has maintained his spunk and comedic outlook on life. Simply thrilling to watch, Depp is not alone on his adventures. The cast is spectacular including the very beautiful Keira Knightley playing Elizabeth Swann and the handsome Orlando Bloom who is Ms. Swann’s fianc’eacute;, Will Turner. Both Ms. Swann and Mr. Turner find themselves locked up in jail with the only person who can help them out to sea, Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp is said to have formed Sparrow’s character off of the Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards, with the way he swaggers from side to side and slurs his words from being intoxicated most of the time. Rumor has it that the Pirates of the Caribbean will become a trilogy and Keith will have part to play along side of Depp. With just the right amount of time to spend in a movie, it is captivating, dramatic and on the edge throughout the entire film. Entertaining for everyone, though not suggested for small children. It is violent and frightening at times, and it certainly pulls you into the story of Captain Jack Sparrow. Worth every penny, and every minute- it is the must see movie of the summer!

    The Devil Wears Prada- Armani, Versace and Multitude of Overpriced Designers

    The Devil Wears Prada,’ apparently, is also in the business of making terrible movies. Sitting through this so called ‘chick flick’ was unbearable. Going from book to movie is always a bad idea. It is hard to imagine how awful the book must be considering how awful the movie was. Miranda, played by Meryl Streep, takes the part of a frigid hard-working older woman who is the head of Runway magazine. Fashion is everything, darling. Andy, played by Anne Hathaway, is a young struggling journalist. Andy happens to land a job working at Runway; an industry where’ she doesn’t belong’ but is determined to succeed in. Miranda challenges Andy with meticulous pointless tasks and Andy prevails every time. Meryl Streep is a talented actress but will not take home an Oscar for this bomb. It is a wonder why such an upstanding actress such as Ms. Streep would agree to sink this low, but I suppose we all have our low points in life. Any boyfriend who is dragged to this film, may g-d have pity on his soul. Any girlfriend who drags her boyfriend to this film should be ashamed of herself. Though sitting through this film didn’t cause any sort of injury, I don’t suggest anyone try it.

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