Steve at the Movies: “White House Down” & “The Heat”

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“White House Down”

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Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Written by Columbia Pictures

“The Heat”


Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.”

A little bit of the Sandra Bullock Fan dies inside of me when I see that she’s slumming with that Melissa McCarthy … a bawdy and downright obnoxious one joke woman.

“Lie to me again!”the heat We get it: she’s got an attitude! Too bad she doesn’t offer anything else.
Why you would ever pay 10 bucks or more to see this on the big screen is beyond me… If you’re going to watch it anyway – wait a month or two for the video.At least Channing Tatum’s movie has some effects that make it more fun to watch on a big screen… but as much as I hate to say this, White House Down’s not great either… the difference between this movie and The Heat… is that Channing, Jamie Foxx and the other cast members are all likeable AND capable… and they’re working with the guys behind Independence day…
“Two hands!”
“I think it’s an interesting time to kinda have that movie where America is so divided right now as far as like red, blue, x,y,z and I don’t know, it’s just a fun, popcorn family way to go and experience that.”
“It’s a lot of fun. I think the audience will go and have a good time a little family fun you know what I’m sayin’? A throwback, uh action film with Channing saving the day.”
“I think it’s like, a good time. I don’t think you’re supposed to sit quietly in your seat and watch it. I think you’re supposed to have a party.”
I’m kinda tired of these movies – and this one isn’t great… but some of you would pay to watch channing tatum read the phone book for two hours.. and when you surround him with Jamie Foxx and other fun to watch actors, it’s not ALL bad – it’s just not all GOOD either.

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