Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a single parent, journalist and widow. While attempting to balance school lunches, fight off single moms and deal with a lousy editor, Mee spontaneously quits his job. Instead of worrying about how to pay bills and get by raising his 14-year old son and 7-year old daughter, he buys an old house in the countryside with amenities like lions, tigers and bears. His zookeeper, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson) is often his saving grace. We Bought a Zoo highlights the fact that a small amount of courage and a lot of love can get people through any number of tough situations. How do you support a loved one in tough times? ... want to know more? Click here to keep reading.
Ally Darling (Anna Faris) can't seem to find "the one" in new movie What's Your Number? After reading a magazine article that reveals her dwindling marriage aspirations, she begins hunting down her ex-boyfriends -- all 20 of them -- to find out if she missed her future spouse. She brings along her mischievous neighbor (Chris Evans), who Ally is helping to avoid his exes. Based on the book "20 Times a Lady," What's Your Number? should be a romantic comedy that keeps you smiling with a typical-goofy Faris who keeps you laughing. How do you distinguish "the one" from "the last one"? ...don't miss the rest. Click here for more.
The job, the husband, the family and the body: Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) has it all -- at least on the surface. Reddy, a financial executive for a big New York company in Boston, is also the main breadwinner and mother of two in I Don't Know How She Does It. Problems she has juggling this already busy lifestyle become worse as Reddy makes an ambitious pitch to her boss (Pierce Brosnan) while her husband (Greg Kinnear) lands a new job. Based on a book of the same title, Parker's character has to learn that everything she aims for has a price. How do you know when you've put your career ahead of family? ...want the deets? Click here to read more.
Dexter and Emma (Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway) are two college-friends who sleep together on the night of their college graduation, and then they go their own ways while still remaining friends. Dexter goes into the entertainment business and Emma becomes a teacher. The film shows the two of them each year on the anniversary of their college graduation to see where the two are in their lives. Sometimes they're apart, and other times, they're together. An original idea for a romantic movie, "One Day" captures the power friendship has in a person's life. Is it possible to remain just friends after it crosses the line once? ...don't miss the rest. Click here for more.
Family man Mitch (Jason Bateman) and his best friend Dave (Ryan Reynolds), a swinger with minimal responsibilities, head out for a typical night of drinking. When they wake up the next morning, instead of having a hangover, their lives became magically switched. After experiencing each other's day-to-day routines, they both work to find a way to switch back to their normal lives, attempting to cause as little damage as possible. The Change-Up should have its funny moments, if you enjoyed movies such as The Hangover, Shanghai Knights and Wedding Crashers. Expect a fair share of crude moments, causing a date night to be either successful or awkward, depending on your tastes. Is it okay to be jealous of your single friends? ...that's not all! Click here to read more.
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianna Moore) live a great life together -- that is until she admits she had an affair and wants a divorce. Now Mr. Weaver is off to play the single world with some help as he plays wingman to Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a handsome player. Sure the makeover is helping Weaver play the field, but one thing that didn't change is his love for Emily. What are the best ways to handle a break-up? ...For more on dealing with a split, click here.
By Vincent D. Scebbi Every man has a virtual life that he lives in his imagination. Much of it surrounds fantasies about women. However, most keep their deep dark desires in check. The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann tells the story of a man who acts out his repressed urges. It is the story of a successful lawyer who feels deeply dissatisfied with his life. In an effort to find consolation, he secretly ventures to the brothels and bars of Southeast Asia while telling people he is in Paris or London. “Of course it doesn’t end happily,” said Schmahmann. The double-life can't end happily. But, some people do get away with it." To write the story, Schmahmann admits he didn’t need to go far into his mind to get into the head of his character. Like Buber and many men, Schmahmann lives in a world of “what if" scenarios. This scandalous novel was ironically released around the same time as the “sexting” controversy involving U.S. Representative, Anthony Weiner. Other notable scandals that have appeared in recent history include athletic figures such as Brett Farve and Rex Ryan, along with politicians such as former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John Edwards. Schmahmann has been asked many times if there is a correlation between powerful figures and sex scandals and he believes there is. It’s been something that has been with us forever. “Jimmy Carter lusted after women and then you see characters like Al Gore who admitted to hanging out with hookers,” Schmahmann said. “I think men, by and large, are a boiling mess of unacquired desires when it comes to women.” Politicians’ desire for power and sense of feeling “bulletproof” carries over into their sex lives." ...For more on The Double Life of Alfred Buber, click here.
Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) did what most people to do when trying to improve their lives from the ground-up ... he went to college. Crowne was laid off from his big-box company, a job he had since he left the military. Now with bills to pay and lots of free time, he decides to enroll in classes at his local community college. While there, he befriends a group of scooter-riding outcasts who, like Crowne, are trying to better their positions in life. Meanwhile, he falls for his public speaking teacher, Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has lost her passion for her marriage, career and everything else. Larry Crowne helps show the life of students in community college and the rising population of non-traditional college students. Plus, it shows that when someone's lost everything, he or she may just find a new purpose. What are ways to help a crush grow? ...Want to read more? Click here.
Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts star together as two teenage students in The Art of Getting By. George (played by Highmore) is a slacking yet gifted artist who falls in love with his new friend Sally (Roberts), a popular yet complicated girl. George has never done a day of work in high school, even though he's now made it to senior year. Sally recognizes him as a kindred spirit and reaches out to form a deep friendship. The Sundance film premiered under the title Homework. What are ways to express to someone that you love them? ...we're just getting started. Click here for more.