Thursday, December 27, 2012

Movie Reviews: "This is 40" And "Cirque du Soleil" Interesting Holiday Fare

With family in toe, "This is 40" is not your typical holiday family film. Photo courtesy of Universal

This is 40

Judd Apatow's self-proclaimed 'sort of sequel' to "Knocked Up," "This is 40" is a mature and relate-able comedy. Studying the relationship of a 40-year-old couple (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd), "This is 40" encompasses all of the harsh realities of being parents and lovers in this ever-changing world; sex, money, in-laws, teenagers, school parents, etc. Laugh out loud funny and endearing, this is a film a lot of couples can relate to during the holiday season. But in typical Apatow fashion, the film runs a little long.

Rating: B-

Magical tents dot a new world in Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. Photo courtesy of Paramount

Cirque du Soleil: World's Away 3D

Written and directed by Adam Adamson, the Oscar-winning helmer of "Shrek," "Cirque" is a magical feast for the eyes and soul in a barrage of violent and unhappy films flooding the cinema. Young Mia follows an aerialist into a fantastic and jaw dropping world of acrobatics, whimsy and decadence, traversing different tents to find him once more and to fall in love. No doubt this is a gorgeous film, but the transitions to each new set (taken from different Cirque acts including "O," "Love" and "Viva Elvis") are not cohesive and are assembled messily. But when you're seeing a gorgeous film like this, do we even care?

Rating: C

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