THE FILM YAP » new year’s eve We Never Shut Up About Movies Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:13:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coming to DVD & Blu-ray May 1 Tue, 01 May 2012 01:59:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> New Year’s Eve

Director Garry Marshall pulls together a cornucopia of stars for one night — the biggest night of the year. Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher and Sarah Jessica Parker join a wealth of other stars as New Yorkers ringing in New Year’s Eve.

Rated PG-13


When someone from inside Mallory Kane’s (Gina Carano) world betrays her, the deadly operative goes from hunter to hunted. Nearly killed, Kane devises a plan to seek out her enemy and keep herself alive. Also starring Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor.

Rated R

Also coming to DVD & Blu-ray

“Joyful Noise” (Dolly Parton, Rated PG-13)

“W.E.” (Abbie Cornish, Rated R)

“Flicka — Country Pride” (Clint Black, Rated PG)

“And They’re Off” (Sean Astin, Rated PG-13)

“Hell at My Heels” (Ian Quick, Rated PG)

“Preaching to the Pastor” (Robin Givens, Not Rated)

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Garry Marshall is still trying to remake “Love Actually.” What Garry Marshall hasn’t quite grasped is the reason “Love Actually” worked: Director Richard Curtis mixed broad comedy with authentic gravitas and created a varied but self-contained world with distinctive characters, each of whom could have starred in his or her own movie. In contrast, the characters in “New Year’s Eve” are archetypal and many questions are left unanswered. But the result is still optimistic and as bubbly as a plastic flute of discount champagne on the much-anticipated night.

In “New Year’s Eve,” various stories — some incorporating characters from Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day” — intertwine on the titular evening in New York City, site of the famous Times Square ball drop. Some work better than others. A love story between Jon Bon Jovi’s commitment-phobic rock star and Katherine Heigl’s wronged chef is an exercise in typecasting. Ditto Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers, both utterly flat in the silly struggle of an expectant couple’s race to win a cash prize for having the first baby of the New Year (farfetched even for a romantic comedy).

However, Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron bring sparkling charm to the tale of a wistful secretary who hires a peppy bike messenger to make her list of grandiose resolutions a reality. Sarah Jessica Parker is sweetly believable as a doting mother to teenage Abigail Breslin, who just wants to hang out with her friends and possibly get kissed in Times Square. And screenwriter Katherine Fugate turns the most cliche of plot devices — sticking two opposites together in a busted elevator — into a genuinely cute connection for jaded slacker Ashton Kutcher and ambitious songbird Lea Michele.

All the tropes of a romantic comedy are present in “New Year’s Eve,” for better and for worse: gay and ethnic stereotypes, surprise cameos, the Black Eyed Peas, a musical number. Yet despite its fluff and flaws, “New Year’s Eve” is fun. It’s not “Love Actually.” It’s not even close. But as a Friday-night escape or Christmas-vacation family field trip, it’ll do. It’ll do just fine.

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