Major League is a classic sports comedy that steals a lot of laughs. In an attempt to move the Cleveland Indiana, the new owner recruits a band of misfit players in order to drive down attendance to an all-time low in a spectacular losing season. With an all-star lineup that includes Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Bob Uecker, and Wesley Snipes, the casting is quite good. The comedy is also especially well-done, and has a subtle edge to it that doesn't draw too much attention to the gags. Still, most of the characters are one-note and the plot is formulaic. While Major League isn't a grand slam, it's still entertaining and goes the full nine innings.
The An American Tail series continues with the third installment, The Treasure of Manhattan Island. While exploring in the underground tunnels of New York, Fievel discovers a map to an ancient Indian treasure and goes in search of it with the help of his friends. The animation is second rate, and is barely adequate for a Saturday morning cartoon. Additionally, the story is garbage; PC nonsense about American Indians mixed with anti-capitalism propaganda. Though it tries to continue the themes of the American experience, An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island is just a bunch of silliness.
Katniss heads back into the arena for the exciting action/thriller The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This time Katniss must face off against the most experienced victors of the Games as the Capital brings back each district's former victors for the Quarter Quell (the 75th Annual Hunger Games). The storytelling is quite good, and does an impressive job at building suspense and tension. And, there are some nice additions to the cast, including Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright. However, Jennifer Lawrence gives a piss-poor performance that's beneath her. Still, overall The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a substantial improvement over the first film, and an entertaining sci-fi adventure.
The Will Ferrell screwball comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is outrageously funny. Set in the '70s, the story follows a San Diego news anchor name Ron Burgundy who's at the top of his game, but his world is shaken when a spunky, headstrong female report joins the station's news team. Aside from Ferrell, the film stars Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and Paul Rudd; who all deliver great performances that really makes the comedy work. Additionally, there's some hilarious spoofing of '70s American pop-culture. A better comedy than it has any right to be, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a lot of fun.
Despite some impressive casting, Paranoia is a rote thriller with no originality to it. After being blackmailed, Adam Cassidy gets caught in a rivalry between two tech companies by agreeing to become an undercover mole; but when he tries to back out the people he works for threaten the lives of his friends and family. It's a formulaic plot that's predictable from start to finish. The only saving graces are the strong performances from Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Josh Holloway. But it's not enough to save the film from mediocrity. Paranoia is completely unremarkable and instantly forgettable.