These are the movies I've watched.

The Thing (2011)

An update of the classic.  It stays true to the previous versions while adding some interesting elements to the story.  The special effects are excellent and take a more active role in the story telling.

If you’re a fan of the previous incarnations of this movie you will love this one.

Contagion

Contagion is more documentary than movie.  Interesting but a little on the impersonal side.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jim Carey plays Mr Popper, a miserable, money loving real estate developer who has a terrible relationship with his ex-wife and kids.  He is willed some penguins when his father dies and eventually learns many life lessons and becomes a better person – typical children’s movie morals.

The movie requires that you accept some of the more unbelievable events in the story but once you do it’s a wonderful story.

It also turns out that Angela Lansbury is still alive!

Super 8

This movie is what you would get if The Goonies, Stand By Me, and E.T. had a Hollywood blockbuster love child.

It’s a good movie if perhaps a little too ambitious.

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz plays a terrible teacher who hates her job, her students and is only there for the paycheque.   The main character only appears to change her ways – she destroys another teacher’s life in the process, steals the state-wide standardized test and does any number of other terrible things.  At the end of the movie she gets everything she wanted with absolutely no consequences – it’s a horrible storyline.

Monte Carlo

A girl and her friends go on a long-awaited trip to Paris only to find that the tour package they booked is terrible.  By chance, Grace (played by Selena Gomez) is mistaken for a bad-girl heiress and the three friends are whisked away to Monte Carlo for the vacation of their lives.

Typically, they all find love, with Grace’s situation being complicated by the fact that she is impersonating someone else.  There’s the threat of a stolen necklace, a mildly vindictive aunt who is on to the impostors, and a Texas farm boy searching for his girlfriend.

This movie was better than I expected.

X-Men: First Class

A prequel to the X-Men movies we have seen in the past.  Very well done in my opinion.

The Hangover Part II

More of the same, only in Thailand.

Killer Elite

An action movie set in the ’80’s pits retired SAS operatives against each other.  It’s based on a true story and sometimes hard to follow the plot and politics involved because, as is told in the epilogue, many of the details are still classified.

Adequate action movie, lacklustre political thriller.

50/50

This movie is being marketed as a comedy but it’s not.  It is a very good film about a young man diagnosed with cancer and how he copes with it.  There are funny bits, but most of all it’s a very touching drama.

The Tourist

A spy movie/love story/mystery with a twist.

Hanna

A young girl is trained to be an assassin.  It starts out all action-movie-y and then slows down into as rather boring drama with an unsatisfying ending.

Colombiana

A young girl becomes an assassin to avenge the murder of her family.

Good action, adequate story, entirely entertaining but forgettable.

Soul Surfer

Based on the true story of a young surfer girl who lost an arm in a shark attack.

Excellent movie.

10,000 BC

Prehistoric tribes band together to rescue their kidnapped tribesmen from an evil empire… and save the pretty girl.

Every prehistoric man looks remarkable like Colin Farrel.

Our Idiot Brother

Paul Rudd plays a lovable idiot who get shuffled between the houses of his mother and three sisters.  Everytime he “screws up” he gets sent off to live with another relative.

It turns out that there is nothing wrong with the main character – it is the rest of the family that have problems but they would rather blame the problems in their lives on their brother rather than face up to their own short-comings.

Passable.

My Life In Ruins

An American tour guide in Greece hates her job.  It takes a rag-tag group of tourists (the B tour) to teach a variety of life lessons and by the time the 4 day tour is over everybody is great friends.

Richard Dreyfuss is one of the tourists and through some silly storyline becomes a god who watches over the rest of the people on the tour.

Pass.

Happythankyoumoreplease

A movie about a group of thirty-somethings who are trying to find their place in the world.  Think Singles.

Mild warm-fuzzies but nothing special.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Does anyone really care about this series anymore?  ‘Cuz I don’t think the director or any of the cast did.

This is a steaming pile of incomprehensible garbage.

Bridesmaids

This is the woman’s version of The Hangover.  Awesome.