Anxiously Engaged

-Directed by: Tyler Ford

Starring:
-Jaelan Petrie, Sophie Shaw, Katie Foster-Barnes

Guess what you get when LDS filmmakers go overseas? Go on, guess. I dare you. The answer is a really engaging and sweet romantic comedy called 'Anxiously Engaged: A Piccadilly Romance'. When I was sent a copy of this film, I'll admit I was a little less than anxiously engaged about the whole thing. I'm a big fan of romantic comedies, so I held some admittedly high standards. What surprised me about this film though was that it did deliver in all the ways that counted.

In the style of Julia Roberts' Notting Hill, this is a film where England's gorgeous scenery is a character along with the actual people in the film. Those people who, by the way, have credentials from some of the finest acting schools in the world are clever, charming and altogether likable as they tell the story of a young man looking for love while arranging it for the older sister of the girl of his dreams. Whoever said love was simple?

Jaelan Petrie, who plays returned missionary Carson Wells, is a engaging leading man. You feel a certain connection to him that helps carry the story. His partner in the fun is Katie Foster-Barnes who reminded me a lot of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. She's the girl you want to get the happy ending, and there was a believable chemistry between Foster-Barnes' Lucy and Petrie's Carson. It made for a couple that sparkled in a story that had a life of its own.

Overall, I'd recommend this movie highly as a fun way to enjoy a romantic comedy that brings you the smile and the heart tugging romance you want. Get anxiously engaged, and fall in love at the same time.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
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Movie Classic: The Matrix (Edited Version)

-Directed by: Andy and Larry Wachowski

Starring:
-Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne

To celebrate movies that are edited for content and the like, I thought I'd review one of my favorites in the action/sci-fi genre because it helped lay the groundwork for movies that are being put out right now. In terms of special effects, the Wachowski brothers have this habit of making technology to fit their ideas and the viewer benefits 110 percent. But let's get to the actual movie, shall we?

The movie offers an alternate spin on reality. It asks you to wonder what if the world was merely an illusion and all you know had been programmed by machines. A scary thought to be sure. But now, imagine waking up in the illusion. That is what faces a hacker named Neo when he goes looking for an urban legend, and finds far more than he bargained for. He's thrown out of the illusion and into a dark world where machines control everything and mankind is either living in fear or living in cocoons. Let's just say that when Alice fell down the rabbit hole, at least she got tea.

The movie itself is unique for an action film because there is an actual plot to it. While it does rely on special effects, there is an actual movement of the characters through the story that you can keep up with. That being said though, this is not a tame movie. There are many gun battles and martial arts duels but they are choreographed so well that you know people are getting hurt without the gore of seeing it. Past that though, thanks to the editing, you're able to enter the Matrix and enjoy it without wincing at the language.

Overall, this is a groundbreaking movie for sci-fi fans and it's one everyone can enjoy thanks to the presence of strong male and female leads. Reeves isn't ever going to earn any awards for his acting, but he leads a film like this admirably. Fishburne is darkly enigmatic as Morpheus and Moss as Trinity is one of my favorite female characters of the genre as a whole. It's nice to see a girl helping save the day instead of needing saving. However, in the immortal words of Morpheus...no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

Picture of Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss courtesy Warner Bros.
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An Early Look: The Final Indiana Jones Movie

-Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring:
-Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett

While the title has yet to be determined, the bets are already certain that this movie will be one of next summer's best and most welcomed sequels as Harrison Ford picks up one of the most famous hats in show business for the final installment of the Indiana Jones story. The hat and bull whip worn by Jones through three movies are so famous in fact that they've earned a spot in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as Jones has as one of the most unique characters in movie history.

Now, Some Indiana Jones Trivia:

Having Sean Connery play Jones' father was an inside joke to James Bond being the father of Indiana Jones. Spielberg had always wanted to do a Bond film but did Indiana Jones as a James Bond type character.

When making Star Wars (1977), George Lucas owned a dog named "Indiana". This means that Sallah's laughing "you were named after a dog?" is true.

Only one curse word is uttered once in each Indiana Jones movie. In this film, Indy says it when he is surrounded my Mola Ram's men on the rope bridge. (Temple of Doom)

The vest that Indiana Jones wears in the room in the palace is a Han Solo vest made for the Star Wars trilogy. (Temple of Doom)


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Ratatouille

-Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring:
-Brad Garrett, Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano

Ok, so before we get too far along into this, I have a confession to make. I hate rats. Mice, rats, even some forms of gerbils make me want to climb the walls. So, it took a lot to make your intrepid reviewer pony up to go see this film. Thankfully, it was worth the trip in another Disney/Pixar animated extravaganza. They've mastered the fine art of making movies that both kids and their parents will enjoy, and this one is no exception. (They've also mastered the fine art of marketing their films into the ground, but that's another story.)

The story takes place in Paris and focuses on Remy, a rat who wants more than the garbage thrown out by humans. He wants fine cuisine! He wants truffles and good cheese and...well, you get the idea. However, among his family and friends, Remy is a bit weird. They can't grasp the idea of a rat with taste buds, but that doesn't stop our intrepid hero from going after what he wants. Of course, there's also the small problem that rats and kitchens don't exactly go together all that well.

Saying much more about the plot will pretty much kill it for you, but overall I think it was a good movie. My only real problem with it is that it tried to be something it's not. This isn't one of their more touching films, and in spots you almost wonder if it wants to be. That's not to detract from the pure entertainment value this film brings to the table. (Pun intended.) It's funny, a little snarky, and reminds us all that a dream really is worth going after. It's just that sometimes you need to be a little creative to get it.

Rating: G (For gourmet of course)

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Spiderman 3

-Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring:
-Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Ok, I'll admit it. I bought my tickets for this movie about a month ago. I braved the crowds and the fans who were stranger than me just to sit through a movie that was a bit of a disappointment. Now, don't get me wrong...this was a perfect way to open the summer movie season. The problem was that the movie was just too much in a lot of ways. Too many villains, too many clunking points in the plot and too many attempts at being clever that added up to the end result of being a little less than hoped for.

The movie opens with Peter Parker trying to find a balance between being a boyfriend to Mary Jane Watson and being the hero of New York. It's a hard job, but he does the best he can and you see the lengths he wants to go to to make her happy. The problem is an understandable one though. He can't be everything for everyone and Maguire is believable in his frustration. Adding to Peter's problems is the arrival of a new Green Goblin thanks to his former friend Harry Osbourne, but it doesn't stop there. The story has two more villains with the presence of Venom and The Sandman. Presentation wise, the effects for all three villains are amazing. The problem is that the story doesn't really let you get involved as well as I would have liked. It jumps from scene to scene and can leave you feeling a little short changed. I think it would have been much better if you'd have eliminated one villain. You could have fully told the story and given the audience a show worth watching.

Also, I feel like this story if not the franchise would benefit from a new leading lady. Dunst's performance is incredibly wooden and you keep wishing she'd either get a backbone or a clue. She's a poor match with Maguire and Franco who present their characters with a lot of depth and personality. Spiderman is a great story and I think audiences want to fall in love with the story. That might be a lot easier with a warmer actress in the lead. There's also a lot of problems with the script. I kept wondering why certain parts were necessary and in an action movie that's rather distracting. A good action film moves you seamlessly from point to point in the plot and keeps you on the edge of your seat with the action. This film deserved that. It just didn't deliver.

Content wise, the franchise holds to form with little to no objectionable language and no nudity. The violence is most certaintly there, but you're not presented with a lot of gore. A refreshing change from some of the horror movies out now. Unfortunately though, I just can't recommend it no matter how much I might like to. Hopefully, the other offerings of the summer will give me something to cheer about.


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