June 16th, 2012

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Rock of Ages" crumbles into powder

When **Rock of Ages** began production in South Florida, I was happy that this film was boosting the local film industry. At the Buck's 30 year reunion last summer, Don Abbatiello showed me pictures of his stunt work in the film. With this kind of perspective, it is hard to dislike **Rock of Ages,** much like it is hard to hate locally filmed movies like **Hoot,** **Caddyshack** and **Body Heat.**

**Rock of Ages** is no **Marvel's The Avengers** or **Prometheus,** but is a two hour revival of **1980s MTV,** complete with sizzling guitars and big hair. Stealing some plot lines from Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals, **Rock of Ages** introduces us to a pretty blond from Oklahoma, Julianne Hough.

She skips into Los Angeles and meets a young man her age, Diego Boneta, a singer who works for Alex Baldwin and Russell Brand, proprietors of The Bourbon Room. The Bourbon Room will host the final performance of Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), a rock god who has seen better days.

Cliches pile up when so called political conservatives (Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones) want to censor the heavy metal rock star and close down the Bourbon Room. The only cliche missing would be a Mickey Rooney cameo during the sappy climax.

**Rock of Ages** casts some of the most obnoxious superstars of the current generation, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise & Neville Brand with promises of fun and excitement.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is box office most desired

**Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted** finds our heroes, Alex Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) are enjoying the easy life living in Africa.

Yet the four friends miss their zoo in Manhattan. Consulting with the Penguins, the four heroes revamp their makeshift aeroplane and decide to cross the Atlantic.

Of course, things go wrong and the 4 friends crash land in a Monte Carlo Casino. The intrepid Captain Chantel Du Bois (Frances McDormand) gives chase....and chase....and chase...until the film's conclusion.

The visuals are fantastic and Chris Rock's one liners are being quoted on the street. Children are engaged for the hour and a half, but adults will be checking their watches.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Sacha Baron Cohen has reached the law of diminishing returns

**The Dictator** is a rude, crude and socially unacceptable contrast to **Rock of Ages.** This is another politically incorrect comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen.

Unlike his serio-documentary comedies, **The Dictator** hires actors like Sayed Bradreya, Ben Kingsley and Anna Farris, who hopefully know that they are playing fictitious characters. There are genuine belly laughs from the exhibitionist Sacha Baron Cohen, but the laughs are more shocking than humorous.

Given the low budget of **The Dictator,** the film has earned back it's production budget, the film is doing better overseas than in America. Yet one wonders if Sacha Baron Cohen Comedies has reached the point of diminishing returns, like Adam Sandler. Ten years ago Adam Sandler was a box office god, whose recent film **That's My Boy,** was a Father's Day Box Office disaster last weekend.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is ruled by a Monster

Charlize Theron shines in this second adaptation of "Snow White." She shines so much that the leading lady gets lost in the crowd. **Snow White and the Huntsman** features Charlize Theron as the evil queen. Seduced by her own beauty, this evil queen is more warrior than Robert's evil queen. Therefore this evil queen is more of a match for Snow White, portrayed by Kristen Stewart.

Given Stewart's resume with the **Twillight** series, **Snow White and the Huntsman** feels like a episode of Stephenie Mayer's vampire series. This time Snow White is aided and abetted by **Thor**..oops, I mean actor Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.

More grounded in reality than **Mirror Mirror,** **Snow White and the Huntsman** will satisfy the medeval crowd until **The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey** is released in December