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Free Birds

score: 
D+
Director: 
Jimmy Hayward
Cast: 
Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, Amy Poehler
Running Time: 
91
Rated: 
PG
Author(s): 

Free Birds fails to carve up a winning recipe for the holiday season. No, I’m not talking about the delicious burrito chain-- I’m referring to the new uninspiring film from director Jimmy Hayward. Free Birds is about a very intelligent barnyard turkey named Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson), who seems to be the only one of his kind that understands what happens to turkeys after they fatten up on corn feed.

A.C.O.D.

score: 
A
Director: 
Stuart Zicherman
Cast: 
Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Jenkins
Running Time: 
87
Author(s): 

A.C.O.D., which stands for adult children of divorce, is a comedy with a tiny bit of a rom-com and a hefty dose of sitcom flair. The humor is derivative of situations that are also extremely uncomfortable – like finding your long-divorced and extremely hostile parents in highly compromising situations. As a child of divorce, there are far too many scenes that I could relate to, but even people whose parents are still happily married will still be quite amused by the film's particularly quirky brand of humor.

Saturday Night

score: 
B+
Director: 
James Franco
Cast: 
John Malkovich, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig
Running Time: 
94
Rated: 
NR
Author(s): 
‘Saturday Night Live.’ It has found a home within our world of pop culture for the better part of three decades. It has spawned such talent as Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Chevy Chase. But most importantly, it has stayed fresh, fun and downright hilarious – which begs the question: Just where do they come up with this kind of stuff?

Spring Breakdown

score: 
C-
Director: 
Ryan Shiraki
Cast: 
Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amber Tamblyn
Running Time: 
84
Rated: 
R
Author(s): 
College is not a pleasant memory for Judi, Gayle and Becky. Tabbed as 'losers,' the three friends have grown up to live out that title, making very little of their lives and continuing to be pushed around by all who surround them. But when a series of unexpected actions (or maybe just not expected by the three in question), the girls find themselves celebrating spring break in South Padre, Texas, the heart of the whole affair. The mission is to help Becky control her political boss's lackluster daughter, a task that would confirm her spot as the newly sworn-in United States Vice-President.

Hamlet 2

score: 
B+
Director: 
Andrew Fleming
Cast: 
Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Shue
Running Time: 
92
Rated: 
R
While the film shares part of its name with the popular Shakespearean play 'Hamlet', it takes nothing from the brilliant work of literature. Instead, Hamlet 2 creates its own style by serving up the most unique and politically incorrect dialogue ever spoken on screen. From the film's marketing anthem, 'Rock Me Sexy Jesus,' to the inappropriate racial remarks, everything is fair game in this all out banter-fest.

Baby Mama

score: 
B
Director: 
Michael McCullers
Cast: 
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Sigourney Weaver
Running Time: 
99
Rated: 
PG-13
Derived from the brilliant acting of Tina Fey, Baby Mama serves up some great moments as it hits you with both laughs and emotion, making it one of the few films that has delivered a one two punch knockout worth seeing.

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