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In the last decade or so, the great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have become one of our most beloved and celebrated comedic actresses and duos. This great team has been close friends for 20 years after meeting at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, but they first cemented their place in popular culture and TV history in 2004 when the duo became the first female co-anchors of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. That same year also proved to be productive for the both of them on the big screen.
Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the Lindsay Lohan led Mean Girls, which also featured Poehler. Fast forward to a couple of years after they left SNL (Tina in 2006 and Amy in 2008), Fey and Poehler both went on to star in two of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 2000s, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation respectively. However, their friendship and comedy pairing continued in other projects. In 2008, they starred in the comedy, Baby Mamma, and more recently they hosted the Golden Globes three times from 2013-2015. Now, they are returning to the big screen once again in the comedy Sisters.
Just in case you missed out on the first Hercules film of 2014 – you know the one starring Kellan Lutz that was a disastrous flop- you do have another opportunity in seeing the Greek demigod on screen. This time around comes an even bigger and bolder retelling of the Hercules mythology. Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” by the late great Steve Moore, the film follows Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) after preserving through his iconic twelve labors. Now, the Greek demigod lives his life by the sword. Becoming a mercenary, he finally meets his first true challenge when the King Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter desperately need his help in trying to defeat a dangerous warlord. Can Hercules be victorious once again, or will the warlord become a legend killer?
“Hercules” finds its director, Brett Ratner, at his most self-indulgent. The film oozes with testosterone and features many elements that will classify this film as a fun, dumb film. It is definitely fast-paced, and has enough plot and personality to keep the movie powering forward. However, the movie mostly only offers simplistic action sequences that is sometimes great fun and other times a little mind-numbing.