Irrational Man and Vive Le Discount Movie House!

Early on in Irrational Man, Woody Allen’s latest half-narcotized attempt to dramatically grapple with a philosophically tinged moral crisis, a fellow academic tells Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), “I loved your essay on situational ethics.” Abe, being a newly appointed professor/radical free thinker to the philosophy department of a picturesque Rhode Island college and himself awash in career disillusionment and an existential dilemma involving writer’s block, smiles and nods appreciatively and noncommittally. However, the audience may consider the Big Theme bell well and truly rung. Allen, who would never be so satisfied with a single easy proclamation of achievement, pads the first half of the movie with apparently awe-inspired compliments from fellow professors, administrators and students directed toward Abe’s prodigious intellect—his reputation doth well precede him, and he knows it. And you can bet that every classroom scene will be occasion to name-drop the heavy hitters-- Kant!
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The Final Destination 3-D

The Final Destination 3-D

Directed by: David R. Ellis

Cast: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: August 28, 2009

Plot: A young whippersnapper (Campo) and a few of his friends (VanSanten, Zano) escape death when he has a premonition of a disaster at a race track. “Death” then spends the rest of the movie picking the survivors off piece by piece.

Who’s It For? The teenage horror movie-going crowd that is aware they’re going to end up laughing at a movie they secretly want to frighten them. But there’s nothing funny about dropping more than a few pennies to spend time in a black hole known as The Final Destination.

Expectations: Following the bloody footsteps of its predecessors, I secretly had my fingers crossed that this would have inventive Rude Goldberg traps with actual intelligence used in their set-up and follow through.
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