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Kyla’s Movie Review

By Kyla Davis

EPIC (PG) - Starring the talented voices of Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Johnny Knoxville, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Sudeikis, Blake Anderson and Pitbull. Mary Katharine (Seyfried) arrives at the home of her father (Sudeikis) in rural Connecticut. Her mother is gone and father and daughter are a bit estranged. He believes the forest is filled with “little people” and has devoted his life to trying to find proof. When he leaves her in mid-conversation because one of his alarms has gone off, she decides to leave. Of course it turns out he is right, and the forest people are anticipating an important event: Queen Tara (Knowles) is about to select her successor. The evil Mandrake (Waltz), who prefers death and decay, wants to prevent this from happening so that he and his forces can destroy the forest. The story really gets underway after a battle between the two sides leaves Mary Katherine – who prefers to be called M.K. – reduced to the size of the “Leaf Men,” who have been defending the queen. The movie isn’t quite epic, but it is something that is family-friendly and will enchant the younger children. RATING: B-

THE INTERNSHIP (PG-13) - Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Max Minghella, JoAnna Garcia, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Josh Brener, Tophit Raphael, Aasif Mandvi and Josh Gad. The story focuses on expert salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson), who unexpectedly find themselves unemployed and at loose ends in their mid-40s. Deciding to reinvent themselves, they apply for summer internships at Google. Once accepted, they learn the way Google decides who’s worthy of a job offer is by breaking the interns into teams and having those teams compete against one another. The winners get the jobs. The losers go home. Of course, since no one wants to have two over-the-hill, non-tech savvy men on their team, Billy and Nick are lumped together with the other outcasts: the cynical Stuart (O’Brien); the pretty, boy-obsessed Neha (Sircar); the shy, home-schooled Yo-Yo (Raphael) and the team leader, uber nerd Lyle (Brener). Their main opposition is led by a petty, vindictive snob (Minghella), whose “win at all costs” attitude is most “un-Google-like.” The film is neither original nor cutting edge, but it does provide a lot of laughs. Vaughn is in his element, just like he was in the movie, “Wedding Crashers.” RATING: B

(Kyla Davis is a Nevada native and a movie enthusiast. She can be reached at kylalovesmovies@aol.com.)

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