Everyone waits until the year is over to compile their “Best of whatever” movie lists. This has become a mundane practice. Time for a bit of a change, kids.

American Reunion, a legacy of the American Pie franchise, had the nostalgia factor working for them. It’s just a shame the coaching staff (script writers & directors) didn’t have the hustle and passion the previous installments showcased during their glory days. Still, the roster (cast) put forth a decent effort.

The new releases for the respective week will have a capsule review at the end of the column. A new poll comes out every Monday. Here’s how things are shaking up so far in 2012:

1. Chronicle
2. Red Tails
3. The Grey
4. Game Change
5. The Secret World of Arrietty
6. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
7. Friends with Kids
8. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
9. Big Miracle
10. 21 Jump Street
11. Brake
12. Mirror Mirror
13. This Means War
14. American Reunion
15. Gone
16. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
17. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
18. The Hunger Games
19. John Carter
20. Wrath of the Titans
21. Underworld: Awakening
22. The Devil Inside
23. Project X
24. Silent House
25. Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding
26. The Woman in Black
27. The Vow
28. Man on a Ledge
29. Contraband
30. Act of Valor
31. 4:44 Last Day on Earth
32. Safe House
33. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
34. Kill List
35. Haywire
36. A Thousand Words
37. Joyful Noise
38. Wanderlust

Not Screened: One for the Money, Casa De Mi Padre.

American Reunion

Overall, this flick is a decent party with a few highs (literally and figuratively) and few dead-air type segments. All the raunchiness is still present yet it just doesn’t feel as creative as it did ten years ago. Actually, some of the wild antics felt forced in. That being said, this is worth venturing into and having some laughs with some “old friends.”

By the way, a fun game to play is watching the extras (background actors) blatantly stare at the cast. And apparently, all the extras are models.

Releasing this Friday: Cabin in the Woods, Lockout, The Three Stooges

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By Joe Belcastro

Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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