Lydia Heyliger

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  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    This sequel is more of the same – and that's not good.
      Fans of this film's predecessor will undoubtedly see this sequel (also directed by Michael Bay), if they haven't already lined up at the first showing. The original cast returns to defend our planet from the Decepticons, only this time with more explosions, more fight sequences and TWO hot girls, each as charismatic as the robots they share screen time with. In this film's over-two-hour stretch, there are subtle -- and sometimes over-the-top -- displays of racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia. There are also no less than three jokes about humping, and worst of all, an insulting lack of good writing or editing. There's one surprise that defies the logic not only of our world, but that of the robot invaders, too. It's a sad state of affairs when "entertaining enough" is the mark of an acceptable film -- but hey, it's a movie about toy robots! (Lydia Heyliger) [1 out of 4 stars]
  • Young @ Heart

    In this documentary, senior moments include singing Coldplay tunes.
      Something about The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" just feels different when it's sung by a group of 80-year-olds, who may need a wheelchair just to get to the show. The Young @ Heart Chorus, as observed by documentarian Stephen Walker, is about an unquestionably delightful group of senior singers who tackle contemporary music under the guidance of director Bob Cilman. The wonderful story is perhaps undercut only by poor filmmaking; despite good intentions, Walker injects himself too much into the narrative. Young @ Heart is both feel-good and a heartbreaking movie -- a celebration of life that will also make you contemplate death. The group's performance before prison inmates and the rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You" during the big show is likely to reduce you to tears, and have you hoping you're that awesome during your golden years. Starts Fri., May 23. Manor [capsule review] 2.5 stars

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