Nanny McPhee Returns posterThough she has been dubbed the anti-Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee is essentially a repackaged version of Mary Poppins, minus the lovely beauty of Julie Andrews and a spoonful of sugar, and with the addition of a snaggletooth, enormous nose, and magical walking stick. This does not distract from the charms and adventures of the Nanny McPhee films, however. Directed by Susanna White, Nanny McPhee Returns tells a slightly different tale from the original 2005 Nanny McPhee movie, but manages to attain the same hearty comedy, morality, and special effects that made the first film a success.

Eat Pray Love posterDirected by Ryan Murphy, Eat Pray Love is a movie adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, �written by Elizabeth Gilbert. Based on Gilbert’s real-life experiences, the memoir focuses on Gilbert’s struggles with her divorce, from which she attained closure through her journeys across the world. Unfortunately, both the novel and the film appeal to a very specific audience, leaving all others in a coma-like state throughout the reading/viewing experience.

The Expendables posterThe cast of The Expendables is a veritable pantheon of action stars — Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Micky Rourke, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, and the list goes on. The film's cast might not be a complete canon, but it comes pretty darn close.

Other Guys posterIf you’re looking for a hilariously inappropriate but original film on which to spend some money, I have three words for you: The Other Guys. In this satirical buddy cop movie, Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg shine, while revealing the humor in the sad realities of today’s economic climate.

Charlie St Cloud posterEverything about Burr Steven’s Charlie St. Cloud is predictable, except for the spiritual gravity and Christian undertones, rendering an otherwise teen “chick flick” a worthwhile expenditure. Based on a 2004 Ben Sherwood novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Charlie St. Cloud is a film about the consequences of a single promise.

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