One Popcorn: Flop
Two Popcorns: Wait ’till it’s on video
Three Popcorns: Go see it
Four Popcorns: Standing ovation
'The Lone Ranger'
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Helena
Director: Gore Verbinski
Comment: Sadly, this picture utterly emasculates our American hero icon, "The Lone Ranger." It's like a bad dream, but there is no waking out of this one. In addition to depicting our hero as a wimp, the great Johnny Depp, as Tonto, comes across like a bad comic dressed up as an Indian. Is it a bad comedy or bad shoot ’em up? In any event, this is a poor commentary on where our culture is headed. What will this perversion of The Lone Ranger's image mean to today's young people? A frightening thought.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marion Wayans, Michael Rapaport
Director: Paul Feig
Comment: One of the funniest laugh-out-loud movies to come out in a long time. Bullock and McCarthy are great together. Watch for "Heat 2." A lot of raw language, but it's offset by great comedic writing and action.
'White House Down'
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Fox, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins
Director: Roland Emmerich
Comment: More Hollywood agenda pandering. It is an edge-of-your-seat plot but hard to "suspend disbelief" and really get into the over-the-top action scenes.
'Fill In The Void'
Genre: Drama (subtitles)
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irith Sheleg, Chaim Shair and Razia Israeli
Director: Rama Burshtein
Comment: A sensitive piece, but the title says it all.
'Despicable Me 2'
Genre: Animated comedy
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Benjamin Bratt
Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Comment: Not nearly as funny as the first. Now that Gru has forsaken a life of crime, the impact of the concept has lost a lot of comedic punch. Also, Carell's Gru dialect gets really tiresome as the movie runs. The kids will like it.
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19 The Jazz Club of Sarasota Presents a â��Jazz at Twoâ�� Holiday Jazz Jam Session
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
19 Towles Court Art Walk
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
19 Get Your Phil On - A Phil Ohcs Tribute Night
20 Community Contra Dance
Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.