For this assignment we needed to pick 2 movie reviews out of 5 that were provided and in a way "study" them.  I chose the review for "Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs 2" and "Runner Runner".

The review for "Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs 2" was published in The Boston Globe and was written by Tom Russo.  I will begin by the title.  I found the title to be very interesting:  "Meatballs 2 is colorful, if reheated".  It is a very eye-catching and smart title that makes reference to possibly the lack of originality of the sequel.  Personally, I have not watched this movie but did watch the first one, and to my surprise, liked it very much.  However, after reading this review, the enthusiasm I had to watch the sequel was no longer as abundant since the writer made it seem as though the movie is good, but not as good as the first.  Russo explains that much of the creativity was used up in the first movie.  The author did a good job in explaining the plot of the movie without giving out any spoilers.  

The movie review for "Runner, Runner" is definitely a negative one.  The review says that it is a boring film that brings nothing new nor original to a theme that has been used a lot.  The author explains the plot without any detail by saying that it is a film about this young intelligent man that loses a lot of money in online gambling and goes to Costa Rica to try to get it back.  

What I like about this review is that the author uses humor to convey his point that the movie is not worth watching.  One quote that I like from the review that portrays this is:  "The film is so rote and transparent, you keep waiting for a big reveal or curve -- something, anything, that would explain Timberlake's and Affleck's presence here, other than the opportunity to spend several weeks in beautiful Puerto Rico (where the movie was filmed).  In addition, the author mentions something very important that the reader should take note on and that is that the movie even fails to explain its own title! "Runner, Runner".  The author explains that runner, runner, is actually a poker term, something that the movie should explain and not the movie critic.  After reading this movie review I would definitely not watch this movie.  Maybe only if there was nothing else to do and it was on in HBO or another channel for free.  

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