Lite’s Review Room: Weekend Movies – ‘Puss in Boots’ ‘Rum Diary’ ‘Anonymous’ & More

We’ll be honest, a weekend without baseball might be just what we need after this World Series.  We’re too stressed out.  We need a quality movie to get our minds off all the craziness the last 10 days.   Luckily there are plenty of good flicks, with big names and interesting plots out this week to help us with that.

We’ll start with one of our favorite recent cartoon characters.

Puss in Boots

The loveable but dangerous cat is back in his own adventure. He is ready to save the world from a band of outlaws who have the power to destroy it. [photogallerylink id=60203 align=right] This movie contains all the cat/hero back and fourth we loved from Shrek movies along with some adventure.  But mostly this is about the Antonio Banderas voiced cat jumping from human like to cat like for some great laughs. This is a great movie for you and the kids to go see, but trust us we’d be fine seeing it by ourselves as well.

There are so many good trailers, we’re just going to put them all here. Our favorite is the ‘Old Spice’ Parody.

We’ll let our Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk, have the next one.

Rum Diary

“The Rum Diary” stars Johnny Depp as a frustrated journalist who moves to Puerto Rico in search of his voice. It was written by Hunter S. Thompson in 1961 but it wasn’t published until 1998. Johnny Depp signed on to star 2000, then they hit the inevitable snags.

[photogallerylink id=60326 align=right]This just barely explains why Johnny Depp is playing a character who is roughly 20 years younger than his actual age. Sure, Johnny looks fantastic but even HE can’t pull off the 23-year-old journalist, Paul Kemp. Kemp has moved to Puerto Rico to write for the failing San Juan Star and to hopefully find an outlet for his liberal angst. Instead, he finds rum, and lots of it.

This movie is supposed to express outrage over corporate America, but it basically turns into a film about getting wasted. Not that I didn’t enjoy it. I laughed until I cried at times, but I kept feeling like there was a better movie within “The Rum Diary,” just everyone was too buzzed to pull it off. Even director Bruce Robinson admits he fell off the AA wagon & drank the entire time they filmed.

“The Rum Diary” never fully commits to being a movie about alcohol though, the way “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” was a movie about drugs. It tries to deliver a message, but like it’s main character, it’s having too much fun to get serious.  All of that aside, it’s hard to beat the lush beauty of San Juan in the late ’50’s and it’s fun to see Johnny Depp channel Hunter S. Thompson again.

That’s why I’m giving “The Rum Diary” a B-. Because at its heart “The Rum Diary” IS a movie about drunks, but at least they’re funny drunks.


The first line in the trailer hooked us.  We love Shakespeare, but we’re also a little into conspiracy.  How could this movie not be intriguing.  The idea is that William Shakespeare  was just a name, someone that conspirators and people in the aristocracy could use as a face for these plays that were to rile up the public and speak down upon the very place the real writers came from.  The crazy thing is, this movie isn’t just a movie plot.  The writer (John Orloff) and director (Ronald Emerich) believe it to be true.

[photogallerylink id=60255 align=left]While we would love to believe that the works of William Shakespeare are indeed that; we have to say this film makes some interesting points against it.  And this isn’t a love story, so don’t be afraid to take your man with you.  There is plenty of action, backhanded deals, lies & deception to keep him interested.  If you’re looking to for a good date movie that might get you thinking differently about something you’ve always believed, go see “Anonymous”.

What Else Is In Theaters (Last Week’s Gross)

  • In Time (New Release)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.5 Million)
  • Real Steel ($10.8 Million)
  • Footloose ($10.3 Million)
  • The Three Musketeers ($8.6 Million)

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