This week at the movies, John Cusack is Edgar Allan Poe, Hugh Grant is a persnickety pirate, and the absurdities of planning a wedding are fodder for laughs in "The Five-Year Engagement."
Emily Blunt and Jason Segel play a couple in love and engaged. But life's little left turns get in the way and they have to postpone the wedding again, and again, and again. The question is, with the families putting on the pressure to tie the knot, and the odds seemingly against them, can the protracted courtship withstand the strain?
The Reel Deal: Jason Segal and Emily Blunt make a likeable pair, but the movie feels like it's trying too hard, and a contrived story and stale jokes make "The Five-Year Engagement" about 4 years too long. I'm out.
The dark tales of Edgar Allan Poe are the basis of a murder mystery in "The Raven."
Poe, played by John Cusack, teams up with a Baltimore detective after a serial killer uses the author's work as inspiration for a string of gruesome murders. The stakes get even higher when Poe's love interest becomes the killer's next target.
The Reel Deal: Edgar Allan Poe is considered the inventor of detective fiction; John Cusack and "The Raven" may be responsible for killing it. I'm out.
It's a 3-D family adventure on the high seas with "The Pirates! Band of Misfits."
Hugh Grant is the captain of a rag-tag group of pirates who have but one dream, to win the coveted pirate of the year award. The film is brought to us by Aardman Studios, the folks behind "Chicken Run," Wallace and Gromit" and "Arthur Christmas."
The Reel Deal: I love the stop motion animation, I like the family-friendly fun that Aardman movies have to offer, and this is a band of pirates you'll be happy to spend your booty on. I'm in.
Also in theaters this week, Jason Statham is once again packing some serious heat, this time to protect a young girl in "Safe." And Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey star in the unbelievable true story of Bernie.
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