30 ROCK

This week marks the episode of 30 ROCK after which I took it off my list of shows to record. It was never a sitcom to love, but, in the beginning at least, one to admire. Now, with increasingly absurd plotlines, stunt casting that adds little, and the morphing of Alec Baldwin’s character from ego-soaked Superman to pussy-whipped Everyman, it’s not even that. Goodbye for good. — Jeff Schultz

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

MILLIONAIRE isn't a turkey but it also shouldn't be oscar's top DOG. A gritty, original indie film turns into a typical Hollywood final act that is both eye rollingly lame where characters suddenly change just for the sake of an audience pleasing ending. A good rental but hardly worthy of the hype. Bow with no wow. — Stormy Curry
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BLINDNESS…

The world goes blind in BLINDNESS and the movie lives up to the title. Dark, no direction, and at times lost, this could have been a tight thriller. Instead we get a lame drama where characters don't act like real people and situations come off simply as plot devices. Wish I had gone blind and deaf while watching: would have been more entertaining. — Stormy Curry
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NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

There's a straight line from John Hughes' best teen flicks to NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, a midsummer night's dream of a movie graced with an inclusive sweetness. Michael Cera remains the master of unaffected, uninflected riffs, and Kat Denning pulls off lovable-edgy without Ellen Page's over-obviousness. Plus, NICK is gay-friendly in a fresh, offhand, and absolutely good-natured way — the perfect Obama Administration comedy. — Jeff Schultz
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FRIDAY THE 13TH

Excuse me, but aren’t horror movies supposed to be…horrifying? There are plenty of killings in Marcus Nispel’s FRIDAY THE 13th remake, but all of the victims seem to die in the same unimaginative way, as though a checklist were being marked off. And there’s little of the surrounding creepiness that made Nispel’s Chainsaw remake so unsettling. Plus, by now, yet one more go-round of the hoariest cliche in horrordom — bogeyman is alive! even though he “has” to be dead! — simply won’t do. It’s not scary or funny, just lame. — Jeff Schultz

THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE

Is there anything sadder than carrying fond memories of a movie for 35 years — then finally seeing it again and realizing it's crap? THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE is nothing more than a workaday nature documentary about insects of the kind that shows up regularly on cable, but tricked out with a hilariously pretentious framing device using an actor playing a scientist who delivers dime store philosophical warnings. Advice: stick with the National Geographic channel. — Jeff Schultz

PRIDE & GLORY

PRIDE & GLORY is as generic as its title: an average police corruption drama with a typical Ed Norton performance and a blistering one from Colin Farrell! If the movie was half as good as him, it would be one of the years best. His dirty cop character sticks with you long after you have forgotten this by the numbers drama. — Stormy Curry

THE WRESTLER

Mickey Rourke gives us blood, sweat, tears, and more blood as an on the ropes WRESTLER. The movie is very good but Rourke is the main event! His Randy the Ram is a master in the ring and a mess outside of it yet you root for him just the same. Mickey is incredible and is the heart of the movie. An extra bonus? The totally awesome soundtrack with all 80’s heavy metal! Aronofsky, you had me not at hello, but at Bang Your Head in the opening credits! == Stormy Curry

Wrestling with THE WRESTLER. A touching story of a man who lives in the past & can’t move on. Rourke is very good as “The Ram”, but isn’t he just playing himself? The movie is touching & sad, without much hope. The soundtrack takes you back to the ’80’s. The only place The Ram is truly himself. — Alan Yudman