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Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, Lego will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every Lego box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. Lego has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion Lego pieces later, we get “The Lego Movie.”
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Despite the onslaught of bashing ensuing by the movie critics, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” nabbed the top-spot at the box office over the weekend, pulling in $19 million domestically, and another $35 million in the foreign market to more than make up its production budget of $50 million, and, in the meantime, top rival’s films “Movie 43” and “Parker.”
In what’s been an otherwise tremendous year for movies, 2012 still brought us quite a few stinkers nevertheless. One general question film critics are asked is how they feel when ripping a movie apart. It may sound mean-spirited and arrogant to criticize a movie that a lot of people invested their time and money into. Anybody that has endured the 10 movies listed below however can understand that such criticisms are justified.
When I first saw the trailer for writer/director Martin McDonagh’s sophomore feature “Seven Psychopaths,” I knew that I was seeing the trailer for a movie that could be one of the most entertaining of the year. Although not much was made about its release, I knew from the cast and crew that it was bound to be an enjoyable little flick, and now that the film has finally been released, I can honestly say that I love it when I’m right.
Although the year is not yet over, I think it is close enough to say that 2012 has just not been the year for comedies. Sure, there were a few funny flicks to be released this year like “American Reunion,” “21 Jump Street,” “The Dictator,” and “Ted,” but for the most part, this year’s comedies have been rather lackluster.
Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell star in "The Campaign."
Will Ferrell’s latest comedy, “Casa de mi Padre” opened in ninth place at the box office over the weekend, grossing only $2.2 million. At first glance, it may appear a failure, but with only a $6 million dollar production budget, Lionsgate Studios executives could still turn a profit.
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) and Raul Alvarez (Diego Luna) in “Casa de mi Padre.”
Sunflower community resident Warren Ferrell holds a Navy bell, which was rung after the reading of the name of each member of the Sunflower Veterans Club who has died, during a Veterans Day service last Thursday morning.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Sunflower community resident Warren Ferrell holds a Navy bell, which was rung after the reading of the name of each member of the Sunflower Veterans Club who has died, during a Veterans Day service last Thursday morning.
Rated: PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes. 3 stars.