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Butter

Yes, indeed. This is a movie about butter — a butter sculpting competition to be precise. Not something you see all that often, right? But I have not gone out of my way to search one out either. The movie gives you a glimpse into this odd state fair craft, through a somewhat funny little movie with a surprisingly all-star cast. Jennifer Garner plays Laura, wife of long-time celebrity state champion butter sculptor Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell from Modern Family.) When the butter powers-that-be decide that someone else needs to win and it is time for Bob to step aside, Laura’s world as VIP wife crashes around her. So she decides to enter the competition herself. But her biggest rival turns out to be a cute little, 10-year-old black foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi).

Real Steel

Real Steel is essentially Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots (those of you of a certain age know what I’m talking about) with Hugh Jackman. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I can see why this movie is number one at the box office for the second week in a row. It’s a fun movie that’s got heart.

Australia

I kind of wanted to see it when it was in the theaters, but it didn’t stay around that long and I missed it. Glad I saved the 9 bucks. Australia is a mess. There are four writers credited and I suspect there were lots more. And Good God, it is long! And what is it really about? Who’s story is it? Is it the beautiful boy’s? He is the best part, but even there the story is a muddle. As for genres, it’s western/romance/war epic/political drama with a dash of the Wizard of Oz for good measure. And it is one layer of cliches on top of another. Oh, and about that romance — the chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman is not even remotely there. The politically correct thread about the treatment of the Aborigines is just not that affecting. In fact, none of the epic qualities that they tried for really work. They have so many elements here to work with– the vast otherness of Australia, the archetypal evil rival cattlemen, the dark coming of the war, the upper crust English lady cum fish out of water meets outback Drover romance, the wickedly misguided white people stealing the Aborigine children — and yet there is no focus. They are trying to tell too many stories at once and end up seeming to say nothing.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Okay, so this movie isn’t fine art. And yes, X-Men comic book fans are likely to be disappointed. But hey – it’s got Hugh Jackman. And for this chick, that makes for a good flick. Hugh is eminently watchable. So forgive the plot holes and lack of character development and enjoy the ride.