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Gulliver's Travels (2011)

Gulliver's Travels (2011) Slacker Gulliver (Jack Black - Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny ) tries cliched rom-com stuff with boss Amanda Peet , and gets sent to write a travelogue in the Bermuda triangle. He gets shipwrecked, and wakes up in Lilliput. The Royals (Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate ) like him, and he fits Marshall (from How I Met Your Mother) up with the Princess ...

The General, Chris O'Dowd ( Laura Pyper 's BF from The IT Crowd) realises that something does not make sense. Jack is still alive, and yet he claims that he died when the Titanic sank! Yes, the General is the one to root for. He's portayed as a villain, but he takes responsibility - compared to the so-called hero who cons a nation of people so they can build his dream home for him.

The film does have some good SPFX, though - if you like steampunk giant war machines - and the film was shot on location at Blenheim palace, so the architecture is spectacular.

  • Gulliver's Travels (1996)
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    Without A Clue

    Without a Clue This is a 1988 period comedy. Dr John Watson (Ben Kingsley - Sound of Thunder ) is a master detective, a more skilled version of Arthur Conan Doyle himself. However, he hires a bumbling actor (Michael Caine - The Dark Knight ) to play his creation, Sherlock Holmes. Together the bickering pair must take on the villainous Professor Moriarty (Paul Freeman - Raiders of the Lost Ark ).

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    Brave

    Brave This is the animated story of a young Princess living in a fairytale version of Scotland. She's a bit of a tom-boy, which is all well and good until it is time for her to be married. She chases her destiny, and tries to get her mother to change her mind. But an encounter with the local bear-obsessed Witch-woman leads to a magical transformation, and a comedy of errors. Our protagonist must reverse the spell, while avoiding both a killer bear and her own father, a killer OF bears!

    Kelly MacDonald is wonderful at bringing the protagonist to life. The cast of voice-actors includes Billy Connolly ( Boondock Saints ) and Emma Thompson , but MacDonald has to carry every scene and she does so magnificently. The Scottish accents are toned down so as to be understandable, although the one character who uses a genuine Scots dialect is unintelligible - a deliberate joke on the film-makers' part.

    Visually the film is reminiscent of Disney's works. Comedy magic, a menacing monster and a beautiful princess ... It's child friendly - there are scenes of mild menace, but any violence is off-screen. There is also an after-credits scene, for anyone willing to sit through five minutes of the names of all the Pixar staff (and their babies).

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    Royal Flash

    Royal Flash This is based on the work of novelist George MacDonald Fraser , and directed by Richard Lester . They also teamed up for the 1970s Three Musketeers films made around the same time, so you should know what to expect.

    Victorian military officer Flashman (Malcolm McDowell - Clockwork Orange ) falls foul of ambitious young German politician Otto Von Bismark (Oliver Reed - Assassination Bureau ). The result is a comedy-thriller pastiche of Prisoner of Zenda.

    The all-star cast includes Britt Eckland, Rula Lenska , Michael Hordern, David Jason, Joss Ackland, Bob Hoskins and Bob Peck.

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    The Watch

    The Watch Ben Stiller ( Tropic Thunder ) starts a Neighbourhood Watch. Unfortunately his only volunteers are fellow comedy stalwarts Vince Vaughn ( ), Jonah Hill ( Battle at the Smithsonian ) and Richard Ayode (The IT Crowd).

    Our mis-matched team carry on like a bunch of Citizens On Patrol - yes, this idea was covered in the Police Academy series a couple of decades ago. And then they discover that their suburban neighbourhood has been invaded by alien monsters that can pass themselves off as humans ...

    This is a predictable bog-standard Hollywood comedy, mixed with a predictable Hollywood Alien Invasion. The one thing that is particularly impressive is the presence of Ayode, a British comedy talent who has now transplanted himself across the Atlantic. He may be the new Ricky Gervase ( Invention of Lying ) - but this could be a curse for him instead of a blessing.

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    Idiocracy

    Idiocracy An idiot (Luke Wilson - Charlie's Angels ) ends up in a post-apocalyptic future. IQs crashed so sharply that he is one of the smartest men alive. The human race will die out due to a massive crop failure. Can anyone work out the meaning of the word isotonic in time?

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    Keith Lemon

    Keith Lemon Keith Lemon, inventor and idiot from Leeds, goes to London to promote his new invention. He accidentally strikes it rich, and with the help of Verne Troyer ( Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ) his wildest dreams come true. However, he has to choose between his commitments in Leeds and his new life in London.

    The plot is simple enough, a cliché used as an excuse to make low gags happen. There are lots of celebrity cameos, as one can expect from something with Keith Lemon in it. But the real joy of this film is to spot all the Belfast landmarks being passed off as parts of English cities.

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    Click

    Click Adam Sandler ( Little Nicky ) visits mad scientist Christopher Walken ( Batman Returns ) and buys a Universal Remote Control. It controls his entire universe!

    Sandler has success at work when he fixes his sleazy boss (David Hasselhoff - Nick Fury ) up with his wife's friend ( Jennifer Coolidge ). However, he neglects his wife ( Kate Beckinsale ), so she ends up with Sean Astin ( Lord of the Rings ). But at least his daughter grows up to be a well-padded Katie Cassiday .

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    Muppets

    Muppets An Ordinary Joe (Jason Segel - Gulliver's Travels ) and his glove-puppet brother go to LA to visit the world-famous Muppet Studios. Along for the ride is Segel's Girlfriend (Oscar-winner Amy Adams ), who is sick of taking second place in her BF's life.

    Unfortunately, evil billionaire Tex Richman (Oscar-winner Chris Cooper) wants to buy the Muppet studio and demolish it. Our heroes must re-unite the Muppets for one last concert, to raise enough funds to save the studio.

    This is a wonderful example of what movies used to be like. It features delightful musical numbers (written by the songwriter from Flight of the Conchords) and celebrity cameos, such as the unexpected appearance of Jim Parsons (Sheldon in Big Bang Theory).

  • Muppet Christmas Carol
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  • Muppets in Space
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    Meet Dave

    Meet Dave Earth is visited by aliens who are only about an inch (2.3cm) tall. Their spaceship is shaped like their captain (Eddie Murphy), and can pass itself off as a man named Dave. Their mission is to retrieve a meteorite, and use it to steal valuable minerals from the Earth's oceans. Unfortunately the meteorite falls into the hands of a young boy. The Dave-bot accidentally starts a romance with the boy's single mom ( Elizabeth Banks , who looks nice as a brunette). He has competition in the form of nice-guy Riley ( Buffy S4 ).

    Eddie Murphy's last really good film was Bowfinger - all the way back in 1999. But this is an under-appreciated film that deserved wider distribution and acclaim. It ticks a lot of boxes humour-wise. There is slapstick, fish-out-of-water misunderstandings, character stereotyping, bodily function references: Nothing too sophisticated, in other words. But nice and un-threatening, just a family-friendly film.

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    Senseless

    Senseless Marlon Wayans takes a super-sense drug to pass college. College comedy cliches and slapstick ensue.

    The cast includes Rip Torn ( Beastmaster ), Brad Douriff ( Alien: Resurrection ), Matthew lillard ( Scooby Doo ), Jeanette Goldstein

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    Haunted House

    Haunted House This is a parody of Paranormal Activity , a film from four or five years ago. In fact, the half-hearted parody of it in Scary Movie 5 seemed oddly behind the times.

    The protagonist is Marlon Wayans, veteran of many such comedy films. The actress who plays his girlfriend is a stand-out, easily the equal of such an experienced star.

    Instead of relying on slapstick, this film builds characters and uses dialogue to create humour. A lot of it functions around everyone's dysfunctional sex life.

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    Replikate

    Replikate Eugene Levy (American Pie) is a scientist working on cloning. His sidekick clones Kate ( Ali Landry ), and trains her to be his GF. The result is a low-budget sex comedy.

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    Men in Black 3

    Men in Black 3 Nicole Scherzinger breaks Boris the Animal (Tim Curry - Rocky Horror Picture Show ) out of a maximum-security prison. He has aspects of the villains of both previous films, nothing really new.

    It's business as usual for MIB Agents Jay (Will Smith - I Am Legend ) and Tommy Lee Jones ( Space Cowboys ). However, Agent Zed (Rip Torn - Beastmaster ) has passed away. His replacement (in a Jenny Sheppard kind of way) is Emma Thompson . But before we discover what she and Kay are hiding from Jay, Boris changes history and deletes Kay!

    Jay must go back in time and save the world. The plan is to time travel back to 1969, then head off to Cape Canaveral for the Apollo 11 launch. Just like in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged me .

    Time travel naturally leads to confusion. Each of the films gives a different version of Kay's life. In the 1950s he took flowers to his GF, and gave them to an alien ambassador instead. In the 1970s he had a doomed love affair with an alien princess. And here in 1969 he has UST with co-worker Alice Eve , who is meant to be the 40-years-younger version of Emma Thompson . In reality, they cannot be more than about ten years apart in age.

    The bottom line is - This is a decent film. Better than the second, not as good as the first. But to anyone old enough to have seen the originals in the cinema (10 years ago for the second, 15 years for the first!) it is just not original.

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    Vamps

    Vamps This starts as a day in the life of a pair of NYC girl vamps - Alicia Silverstone and Kristin Minter . Minter, the younger of the pair, dates a young man named Van Helsing. By strange coincidence, her BF’s father (Wallace Shawn - Princess Bride ) is a Homeland Security agent by day, vamp hunter by night. He uses Federal government resources to subpoena the vamps into appearing in the daytime.

    The girls have to help their community survive the crackdown. Even Vlad Tepes (Malcolm McDowell - Clockwork Orange ) is on board with it. However, the girls’ maker ( Sigourney Weaver ) is a psycho killer, and thus is a danger to everyone around her.

    This is quite an enjoyable little film, made on a low budget with a great cast. The supporting actors play it straight, and the special effects support the story without undermining it through over-use.

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    The Double

    The Double This is based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and directed by Richard Ayoade ( The Watch . It is set in a steampunk world reminiscent of the surreal settings of Terry Gilliam .

    Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network ) has worked unnoticed in a Kafkaesque office managed by Wallace Shawn ( Princess Bride ). His life, ever on a downward spiral, gets worse with the arrival of a doppelganger - James Simon. Surreal events ensue, involving his love interest ( Mia Wiakowski ).

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    Fanboys

    Fanboys Sam Huntingdon ( Being Human (USA) ) and his friends go on a road trip across America. One of them has cancer, and his last wish is to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace before its official release date.

    While on their road trip, our heroes encounter lots of Cameos - including several by Seth Rogan. The movie really plays up the old rivalry with fans of Star Trek . However, to ease things over the film-makers have William Shatner ( Star Trek: TOS ) play a major part in helping the protagonists.

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    Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    Scott Pilgrim Vs The World This is from a Canadian comic-book about twenty-somethings in Toronto, ably brought to life by Edgar Wright (English director of Shaun of the Dead ).

    Scott (Michael Cena - Zombieland ) falls for a hipster chick ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ). But before he can date her, he must defeat her seven evil exes - including Chris Evans ( Fantastic Four, Sunshine, Captain America ).

    Scott also has to come to terms with his own exes, because his personal life has had complications of its own.

    The visuals are incredible, bringing the story to life in comic-book style. The cast is also excellent.

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    This is the End

    This is the End This is a slacker comedy, with a bunch of thirty-something movie stars playing obscene versions of themselves. Jay Baruchel ( Sorceror's Apprentice ) and Seth Rogan ( Paul ) go to a party at the home of James Franco ( Your Highness ). Unfortunately, that night happens to be the Apocalypse!

    A small band of survivors cling together, and turn on each other, in hilarious ways. The more OTT the situation becomes, the funnier it is.

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    End of the World

    End of the World Gary King (Simon Pegg - Star Trek: Into Darkness ) is not having a mid-life crisis, because he is still living the same life he did when he was 18. He decides to pull together his old crew, for one last big pub crawl. Eddie Marsan ( Hancock ) is now a car salesman, Paddy Considine ( Dead Man's Shoes ) is a construction engineer, and former Bond girl Rosamund Pike is along for the ride as well.

    This is a typical British film about a midlife crisis ... enlivened half way through when it is revealed that the town's population has been taken over ...

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    Chillerama

    Chillerama This is a portmanteau featuring a trilogy of cheap schlock movies, shown in a 1950s movie theatre. The frame story becomes a movie in its own right - A Zom-B Movie!

  • Wadzilla
    A sperm sprouts teeth and keeps growing. It takes on random bystanders, including scream queens ( Tania Raymonde, Lin Shaye ). General Bukakke (Eric Roberts - Dr Who ) has to contain the threat before it destroys NYC.
  • I Was A Teenage WereBear
    In the original movie, the transformation was a metaphor for puberty. In this musical comedy version, it is a metaphor for homosexuality.
  • Diary of Anne Frankenstein
    Anne Frankenstein and her family are hiding from the Nazis. Hitler wants their family's secret research diary, so he can build his super-weapon - a Golem named Meshugannah (Kane Hodder - Friday the 13th ). This will not end well for anyone.
  • Deathacation
    This is an excrement-ridden B-movie parody. It degrades into the backstory, as the Fast Zombies take over the drive-in movie lot!

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    My Name Is Bruce

    My Name Is Bruce A small village in modern-day America is menaced by a monster. Not a Bubba Hotep , but the Chinese God of War. As in The Three Amigos they mistake an actor for the role he has played. Bruce Campbell ( Evil Dead ) is promptly kidnapped. He is confused, and thinks he is in a movie - like in Galaxy Quest .

    The film is filled with references to Campbell's earlier works in the Genre. Ted Raimi ( Skinner ) plays several roles, so you should know what kind of movie to expect.

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    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat Wilmington, North Carolina, 1986. A teenage Rocker kid is bullied by Jock Alpha bastards. Rock DJ Gene Simmons ( Runaway ) gives him a one-of-a-kind record, and when he plays it backwards he hears the demonic rituals that a deceased singer performed. But when he plays the tape, supernatural events occur. The singer can return from the dead to seek vengeance, powering himself from any electrical source.

    The climax is on Halloween Night, when there is a dance at the High School. Shades of Carrie , to match the Christine type feel to this film.

    Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) has a cameo as a Heavy Metal-hating preacher.

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    Bloodbath at the House of Death

    Bloodbath at the House of Death The UK's top 1980s comedian, Kenny Everett, goes to a haunted house with a nomber of other famous characters - Pamela Stephenson , Vincent Price ( Abominable Dr Phibes ) and Cleo Rocos .

    This is a wonderful parody of the Haunted House genre, and includes a scene later used featuring Tori Spelling in Scary Movie 2

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    Grand Budapest Hotel

    Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson delivers a surreal, humourous effort that nevertheless touches a nerve. After several bookend sequences, one inside another, we learn about the hotel run by Monsieur Gustav (Ralph Fiennes - Clash of the Titans ).

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    Year One

    Year One This is a parody of the Biblical epics of Cecil B deMille , directed by Harold Ramis ( Ghostbusters ). Jack Black ( Tropic Thunder ) and Michael Cera ( Scott Pilgrim Vs the World ) are cave-men. Things start to go wrong for them when Jack eats from the tree of forbidden knowledge.

    The two idiots are exiled from the clan, so they go exploring. They meet biblical figures like Cain and Abel and Abraham (Hank Azaria - Godzilla (1998) ), who enjoy pastimes such as killing close family members and mutilating peoples' genitals in the name of religion.

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    Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

    Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil Tucker (Alan Tudyk - Serenity ) and Dale (Tyler Labine - Reaper ) are a couple of scruffy-looking thirty-somethings who buy a Cabin in the Woods . All they want to do is hang out, drink a few beers and do some fishing in the lake ...

    Unfortunately, twenty years previously the area was the scene of the Memorial Day Massacre. A group of college kids, familiar with the tropes of horror movies, think that our protagonists are bloodthirsty murderous hillbillies. The kids arm themselves in the way that horror movie victims ought to (but rarely do), spiralling down into a Lord of the Flies situation. And violently hilarious, hilariously violent mayhem ensues.

    The obvious comparison is with the above-mentioned Joss Whedon film. However, this is played entirely for laughs. It is original insofar as the film is from the hillbillies' perspective. Every survival movie from Deliverance onwards has a set of tropes that are mocked here.

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    The Cottage

    The Cottage Bumbling brothers Peter (Reece Shearsmith - League of Gentlemen ) and David (Andy Serkis - Lord of the Rings ) kidnap mouthy Liverpudlian Tracey ( Jennifer Ellison ). The plan is to extort money from her stepfather, a violent gangster. Naturally it all goes horribly wrong for them.

    The bad news is, the gangster sends a couple of Triad hit-men after the crooks. Even worse, the cottage is near a village filled with old people who wander around like a plague of zombies.

    The story has a genre shift at the midpoint, much like From Dusk Til Dawn , where it changes from crime thriller to straight-up horror. Actually this goes from comedy-thriller to slasher, but the comparison is close enough.

    There is an after-credits sequence with Tracey's stepfather (Stephen Berkoff - Werewolves Vs Strippers ).

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    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper Kevin James (Chuck and Larry) is a zookeeper who wants gold-digger Leslie Bibb to fall in love with him. He even gets co-worker Rosario Dawson to help him make her jealous.

    This is not just a standard Rom-Com. There are shades of Dr Doolittle , because Mr Zookeeper talks to the animals! The Lion (Sylvester Stallone - Demolition Man ) and his fellow beasts give their keeper some helpful advice. And hilarity ensues.

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    Hail Caesar!

    Hail Caesar! The Coen Brothers deliver another comedic period piece based on classic American cinema, like they did with Oh Brother, Where Art Thou . This one features two days in the life of Studio Fixer Josh Brolin ( Jonah Hex ).

    Superstar actor George Clooney ( From Dusk Til Dawn ) is meant to be making a Biblical epic akin to Ben Hur . Unfortunately he is kidnapped and held for ransom. It turns out he is being held by screenwriters who have been blacklisted as communists. In fact, not only are they commies but there is a Russian submarine lurking off the coast of California, ready to take their leader to Moscow. Luckily, the ransom is pocket change compared to the studio's slush fund ... but it is sorely needed in mother Russia!

    In an unrelated subplot, Scarlett Johannson is pregnant by Christopher Lambert ( Highlander ) Unfortunately, she is single and he is married to someone else. In the 1950s, an era of repressive morality, this situation would be publicly unacceptable. As a result, the Studio plans to have her fake an adoption.

    The real show-stealer is the young Western genre star. He is an expert rodeo rider who does all his own stunts, but is completely out of his depth when cast in a costume drama directed by Ralph Feinnes ( ).

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    Ghostbusters 2016

    Ghostbusters 2016 In 1989, BBC TV reviewer Barry Norman declared it was Year of the Sequel because Hollywood had run out of original ideas and had fallen so low as to do sequels like Ghostbusters 2 . This year (2016) we have a sequel ( Independence Day: Resurgence (3-D) , a reboot ( Ghostbusters 2016 ) and a sequel to a reboot ( Star Trek: Beyond ). Throw in yet another Tarzan movie and you can see a sparkling lack of originality.

    The storyline is familiar. A bunch of misfits discover that ghosts are real, so they team up to save the world from supernatural terrors. So far so good. In fact, many younger viewers might prefer this to the original because there is more CGI and more humour derived from bodily functions. However, the film is not without its problems.

    The problem of casting a reboot to a much-loved original was always going to be an issue. In fact, we are lucky they did not cast the predictable faces (James Franco, Dan Fogler, etc). However, the new take on the characters is not an improvement on the old. In the original, Venkman (Bill Murray - Zombieland ) is a bit of a slick conman. In contrast, the Kirsten Wiig character is a self-pitying victim. Melissa McCarthy is toned down from her usual level, and is noticibly less funny than in her other movies. Kate McKinnon , the mechanical genius of the group, is the best of the bunch. And the token black woman is a walking minstrel show, reciting every cliched negative stereotype of a black woman we have seen since Big Momma's House. Seriously, people should stop complaining about percieved racism on the Internet and pay more attention to it in the script. This movie could be taken as proof that a white hetero male, no matter how well-intentioned, can struggle when attempting to portray a woman of colour. Or perhaps, and this is a lot more likely, it is just a poorly-written script full of cliches and negative stereotypes.

    The original team were middle-aged men who had to content with obstructive authority figures, who were also middle-aged men. The new team are younger women (McKinnon is only thirty, she was born the year that the original film was released), and they encounter a number of authority figures. The obstructive ones are male (cameos by the three surviving original Ghostbusters - Murray, Ackroyd, Hudson), while the helpful ones are female ( Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver ). Yes, the Old Girl Network has helped women progress in ways that were impossible for men thirty years ago. Ackroyd's character had to take out a third mortgage on his parents' house to buy the old fire station, while the lady Ghostbusters just rely on handouts from the female-friendly authorities.

    In the original movie there were three main female parts - the secretary, the love interest and the antagonist. Here these have been squeezed into a single role filled by Chris Hemsworth ( Marvel Avengers ). He is also the butt of a lot of jokes in the way that the original characters were not. Similarly, the nearest equivalent to the Rick Moranis character has been seriously downgraded The original character, Louis, was a somewhat successful (if nerdy) accountant. This new character is a loser doing a menial job, and he is so angry at society he has become an out-and-out villain. He shows empathy for the Black Ghostbuster, who does a similarly menial day-job, but despite him visibly being worse off than the women he gets absolutely no sympathy from them. Likewise, one cannot imagine any of the male Ghostbusters (even Venkman, who is a nimrod) speaking so dismissively to Janine as the women speak to Hemsworth at the end of the movie.

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    Ted Franchise

    Ted

    Ted This is the magical story of a young boy whose teddy-bear magically came to life. Luckily for the viewing public, the story was written and directed by Seth McFarlane (Family Guy). We skip forward through the 1980s, to the present day. Ted and his best buddy (Mark Wahlberg - The Big Hit ) are now a pair of thirty-something slackers ...

    Wahlberg has a girlfriend ( Mila Kunis ) and is in line for promotion at work. He has to start acting like a grown-up, so his old friend Ted has to go.

    The film is riddled with pop-culture references. There is even an extended cameo by Sam Jones - Ted's childhood hero from Flash Gordon ! Giovanni Ribisi ( The Gift ) pops up as Ted's stalker.

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    Ted 2

    Ted 2 This starts with Ted the Stoner Bear marrying his girlfriend, Tammy Lynn the Boston Hoer. They decide to start a family, which results in a series of slapstick situations involving Ted, his best buddy John (Marky Mark Wahlberg – The Big Hit ) and various quantities of semen.

    Unfortunately, when Ted tries to adopt a kid it is revealed that the US Government does not consider him to be a person. He was a slacker so his lack of citizenship was never an issue, but now the legal rights he took for granted are stripped from him. Luckily, he and John find a pro-bono lawyer ( Amanda Seyfried ) who is willing to help.

    The first movie focused on John’s relationship with Lori ( Mila Kunis ). Now he has divorced her, so there is a romance subplot with the lawyer. She is ten years younger so she does not get many Ted’s movie references, especially two that apply to her. Her name is Samantha L Jackson, making her the namesake of the actor from Kingsman . Also, her big emotive eyes and pointy feminine chin give her the same facial features as a certain character from Lord of the Rings .

    Donny (Giovani Ribisi – The Gift ) is back, plotting to sabotage Ted’s law case. He wants Ted for himself – no mention is made of his creepy son.

    The climax is at the NYC Comic-Con, where Guy (Patrick Warburton – The Tick ) and his new lover (Michael Dorn – Star Trek: TNG ) dress up as their Sci-Fi Alter-Egos The Tick & Lieutenant Worf and beat up nerds. Sam J Jones ( Flash Gordon ) also gets a couple of appearances in.

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    Night at the Museum Franchise

    Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum Ben Stiller ( Tropic Thunder ) is hired as a night-time guard at the NYC Museum of Natural History. He has to dodge the boss (Ricky Gervase - Invention of Lying ) and wants to seduce co-worker Carla Gugino .

    His predecessors (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobb) leave him a special set of instructions ... Naturally he does not bother to read them, or the story would lack certain comedic elements.

    After sundown, the inanimate objects in the museum come to life. Jed the cowboy (Owen Wilson - Zoolander ) and Octavius the Centurion (Steve Coogan - Tropic Thunder ) are an inch high, but carry on constant war against each other.

    Evidently the reason there is no CCTV in the building is that the boss is so tight with money he only bothers to employ a single security guard. Of course, this story is based on a book written in 1993. But even the 1988 film Mannequin had the idea of CCTV being installed to replace the night-watchman.

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    Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian

    Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian Ben Stiller ( Tropic Thunder ) has retired from the Natural History Museum. However, he has to break into the Smithsonian to save his friends, Jed the cowboy (Owen Wilson - Zoolander ) and Octavius the Centurion (Steve Coogan - Mindhorn ). While in there he also meets Amelia Earhart ( Amy Adams ), his new love interest - it seems things did not go so well with Carla Gugino from the first film.

    The Pharoh's usurpatious relative (Hank Azaria - Mystery Men, Godzilla ) teams up with other ruthless historical figures and tries to take over the Smithsonian. This leads to the battle of the film's title.

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    Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb

    Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb Back in 1938, an American Archaeologist who dressed like Indiana Jones ) discovered the tomb where the magic tablet was kept. He discovered it in daylight, so none of the statues were alive at the time. A posh-accented Englishman (Matt Frewer - Max Headroom ) gets the mummies of the Pharoh's father (Ben Kingsley - Prince of Persia ) and mother (Djaq from Robin Hood 2006 ).

    In the modern day, the NY Met Director (Ricky Gervase - Invention of Lying ) gets Ben Stiller to hold a special exhibition. Unfortunately something goes wrong with the magic tablet, and it makes Teddy Roosevelt act like Robin WIlliams!

    Stiller discovers that the only one who can fix the tablet is the Pharoh's father. He arranges to take the tablet, and the Pharoh's mummy, to the British Museum in London. The British Museum's security guard is a Mockney girl ( Rebel Wilson ) who is the equivalent of Jonah Hill in the previous film. She is not the only problem he faces.

    Some of the familiar faces have tagged along for the ride. Roosevelt, Sacajaweyo, the tiny Roman and the tiny Cowboy ... as well as Laa, a waxwork neanderthal who was cast in Ben Stiller's image. Also, the British Museum's own waxworks include Sir Lancelot ( Vamps ), a mythologicial figure who somehow crept in.

    Previously, the other films were about Stiller's interactions with a love interest - Carla Gugino in the first one, and Amy Earhart ( Amy Adams ) in the second one. However, they are not referred to this time - nor is there a third love interest. Instead, our hero's goal is to bond with his teenage son (who has decided he wants to drop out and be a DJ instead of attending college).

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