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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

Evan Crean Evan Crean
June 15th, 2009 9:02am EDT
Year OneI finally got around to seeing "Terminator Salvation," and I must admit I wasn't terribly impressed. Overall the film was better than "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," but that doesn't say a whole lot because "T3" was pretty bad. Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin were great, while Christian Bale gave an okay performance. I was expecting a more epic movie considering all its hype.

This week there are five films premiering: "Year One," "The Proposal," "Whatever Works," "Food Inc," and "Dead Snow." There are three I think are worth seeing, and two I think you should wait to rent.



In this primitive comedy, two inept hunter-gatherers are banished from their village for eating forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Unable to return home, they set off on a grand expedition through the ancient world, where they meet some of religion's most famous figures.

Harold Ramis, the man behind some of the most classic comedies of the past 20 years, directs "Year One." Ramis also co-wrote the film with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, two scribes for the American version of "The Office." Jack Black and Michael Cera play Zed and Oh, the two hunter-gatherers.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. I have a hard time believing Harold Ramis can do wrong. He has written several of my favorite comedies of all time including "Animal House," "Caddyshack," "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," and "Back to School." The film's trailer is loaded with laughs and showcases a hilarious supporting cast, which includes actor Paul Rudd and the stand-up comic David Cross.





When publishing executive Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to Canada and the loss of her job, she forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her, so that she can become an American citizen. At first the two despise each other, but during a trip to see Andrew's family, their impending pretend marriage leads to real feelings for each other.

"The Proposal" is written by newcomer Peter Chiarelli, one of the producers for 2008's "Eagle Eye." Anne Fletcher, the woman responsible for "27 Dresses," directs this romantic comedy. The film also features Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, and Betty White.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. Even though there are some amusing dirty comments from former "Golden Girl" Betty White, the movie's trailer makes it seem incredibly predictable. The film doesn't appear to be bad, but there doesn't seem to be anything in this comedy to make it any better in the theater than at home.





A peculiar older man (Larry David) sets aside his posh life for a more beatnik one, when he falls in love with a much younger southern girl (Evan Rachel Wood). The challenge for him becomes integrating her quirky family with his New York City friends.

The independent filmmaker Woody Allen, who has been working consistently since the 1960s writes and directs this offbeat comedy. Larry David, "Seinfeld's" co-creator and the star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," plays the lead role of Boris Yellnikoff.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. The trailer's first person narration by Larry David is a bit unorthodox, but it's very funny and it gives people a good sense of the type movie it is. I have never seen a Woody Allen film, but I'm a big Larry David fan, so I think the movie has serious potential to be funny.

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