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Mr. Moviefone: '42' stops short of a home run

  • Mr. Moviefone reviews three different movie choices
  • He takes a closer look at '42,' 'Scary Movie 5' and 'Disconnect'

What better way to shake off those winter blues than with a trip to the movies? If you're not sure which movies are hot and which ones are a flop, Russ Leatherman aka Mr. Moviefone looked at three new movies -- "42," "Scary Movie 5" and "Disconnect."

With baseball season in full swing, the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" is getting serious buzz. First lady Michelle Obama even chimed in, encouraging every American to see the film...but what did Mr. Moviefone think? He called it an amazing story that celebrated the first African-American player to join major league baseball. Seasoned actor Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager and Robinson is played by Chadwick Boseman.

Although Leatherman approved of the casting, he said the flick falls short of knocking it out of the ballpark. Instead of taking a grittier approach, Leatherman said the movie's message was much milder-- following suit of films like "The Blind Side" and "Secretariat."
Mr. Moviefone's verdict: It's worth checking out regardless, but don't sweat it if you catch it on DVD.

Not into sports or serious? If you're looking for a laugh, perhaps you're scoping out the latest Scary Movie. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan star together in the fifth edition of the series. Although the film wasn't screened for critics, Mr. Moviefone's feelings were far from hurt. He said funny flicks like "Scary Movie" are all about a good laugh and raking in the cash. In fact, so far the series has made nearly $800 million. 
Mr. Moviefone's verdict: If you want to laugh at Lohan and Sheen, "Scary Movie 5" might be worth the money.

If you can't stray too far without your smart phone or some form of technology, "Disconnect" might hit close to home. The limited release film stars Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgård. Mr. Moviefone called the film's vibe similar to "Crash," where three storylines are woven into the movie. Leatherman said "Disconnect" is a cautionary tale about being too connected to technology and not enough to the people around us.
Mr. Moviefone's verdict: "I walked away from the movie thinking, 'Wow... maybe I'm too connected." Leatherman described it as one of the better movies of the year so far.

Got six seconds? Get fast-forwarded reviews on these movies and everything else in theaters this weekend on Mr. Moviefone's site,

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