Blades Of Glory
(D: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 93 min)
Do we care that we've never heard of directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck? Or that this seems like a spinoff of some silly SNL skit (especially the one where Martin Short and Harry Shearer played synchronized swimmers)?
Nein. Will Ferrell (playing a guy named Chazz Michael Michaels) and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as a men's figure skating pairs team? We are so there. With sequins on.
updated March 29th, 2pmBLADES OF GLORY glides a bit too easily on its one-joke premise. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) play two figure skating rivals who become the first same-sex pairs team in the sport's history. Not that they're, er, gay blades, despite their sequined outfits, tidy coifs and crotch-to-head choreography. Farrell's gruff bluster contrasts well with Heder's passivity, and whenever the two are together - especially on the ice - the film feels like a decent SNL skit. Off the rink, the subplots are a bit too free-style, and although Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Rob Corddry and a half-dozen other sharp comics do decent work (look for some figure skating cameos, too), the film rarely surprises. We've seen this routine before.
- G. Sumi
Dir. by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, runs 93 min.
Meet The Robinsons
(D: Stephen J. Anderson, 102 min)
The big studios are scared that people aren't going to the movies the same way they used to, and they're right. We're watching DVDs, video games and computers. So one of the big trends is the event film, something you really need to see on a big screen. 3-D films fit right into that plan.
The successful 3-D re-release last fall of The Nightmare Before Christmas proved that there is a market for animated 3-D films. Let's see if it applies for this film about an inventor and a time machine. The trailers aren't the clearest -- not a good sign for a cartoon -- but the cast list does answer the question "Where is Angela Bassett?"
(D: Todd Holland, 111 min)
Gee, another adorable dog comedy, this one with a firefighter theme. The dog's even wearing shades in the poster! The kids are gonna eat this up.
Canada's own Bruce Greenwood (from decent movies like Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Capote) plays the dad of the film's human lead, Josh Hutcherson, who gets the canine to help out around the dilapidated firehall even though he's a celebrity dog.
And how cute is this? The dog's being played by four actual dogs, with the Tolkienesque names Arwen, Frodo, Rohan and Stryder. A veritable Fellowship Of The Dogs.
Ice Cube wonders, Are We Done Yet? We think not.
Are We Done Yet?
(D: Steve Carr, 92 min)
Ice Cube's gangsta reputation must have tanked when he made Are We There Yet?, the surprise 2005 hit comedy that saw him cozy up with his onscreen girlfriend's ( Nia Long) kids.
Two years and millions of dollars at the box office later, Cube's and Long's characters are married. They're all one big, happy family looking to create their dream home in the suburbs. Enter one crazy contractor (played by able character actor John C. McGinley) to make sure there's com in this sit.