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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday July 31, 2012

  • Le Havre
  • 4.3.2.1

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GraceWorks Pictures,

David G. Evans, Michael Joiner, Mike Higgenbottom, Louis Gossett Jr., Cindy Hodge, Joy Parmer Moore, Dawntoya Thomason, Stephen Dervan, Chris Thomas, Kiana McDaniel

Mac McDonald is a policeman with an awful attitude. He lost his son a while ago, and in the process, he lost his faith, is trying to destroy his marriage and is turning into a bad cop. When he’s assigned as a partner to Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom) a very honorable man, Mac is really angry. He doesn’t want to be told to keep his chin up, and he doesn’t want to be preached to. But Sam is not your usual preacher, and he uses love and concern to teach Mac bit by bit, to straighten out his miserable life.

Yes this is a religious themed film. But Sam is not an in your face christian, and though this story shows us what happens when you refuse to let God back into your life after a tragedy like this happens. But we’re allowed to feel why Mac feels like he does, and the story is heartwarming in the end as we learn, along with Mac, what is really important. The characters in this film are genuine, and the play their roles quite competently. It’s a good film and worth watching.

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ML Delphi Premier Productions, TriStar Pictures,

Molly Ringwald, John Zarchen, Randall Batinkoff, Pauly Shore, Michelle Downey, Kenneth Mars, Patricia Barry, Miriam Flynn, Conchata Ferrell

Darcy Elliot (Molly Ringwald) is a budding journalist who is a popular superstar in her senior year. She lives with her single Mom who wants more to be her friend than her Mother. She has a boyfriend Stan Bobrucz (Randall Batinkoff) dreams of being an architectural engineer and has been hoping for a scholarship to CalPoly, and with his grades, he’ll probably make it. He lives and works with his Dad and Mom. They’re worried about going to colleges very far apart, but not surprisingly Darcy ends up pregnant. Darcy’s Mom is devastated because it will in convenience her, and she wants an abortion. Stan’s parents are Catholic and they insist on giving the baby up for adoption. But Darcy and Stan decided to get married and work things out by themselves causing them lots of grief.

Everyone knows Molly Ringwald from her excellent work in “The Breakfast Club”, “Pretty in Pink” and of course the classic “Sixteen Candles”, but I doubt very many people remember this film. Well, it is a bit sappy like a good romantic comedy usually is, but it’s a pretty good story supplemented by some pretty darn good acting. It’s hard to figure out who’s the more spoiled of these kids, but in the end it’s simply that they’re too young. Both are very good kids, and they love each other very much, but the stress of being children who need to act like adults is very tough.

This is a “After-school Special” on steroids and has both good and bad news about teenage pregnancy, but it’s a sad story even though it’s got a lot of happy moments. This is a classic 1988 film, and it’s age shows, but the story is good enough for today’s headlines. This is a chance to see some serious drama out of Molly, and is one of the best of that time period for her. This is well worth watching if you can find it. It’s on Netflix and occasionally available on pay cable.

I do not have a trailer for this film, but here is a scene from the film from YouTube.

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A Hot Dog, Apatow Productions, Relativity Media,

Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kathryn Hahn, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Lauren Ambrose, Todd Barry

George Gergenblatt (Paul Rudd) and his wife Linda (Jennifer Aniston are a young New York City couple who have a major setback when George is suddenly unemployed. With nowhere to turn, they move to Atlanta to live with his brother and his wife, only to realize he is really, really annoying. The stumble upon Elysium, a shangri-la community of left over hippies that features a vegan cuisine and free love, and is run by and elderly man named Carvin (Alan Alda) They share everything and “all you need is love”. Fitting into the compound may be a lot more difficult than either of them imagined. The free love aspect seems like a great idea to George, but when Linda tries it out, it’s a lot harder to deal with.

This is a mediocre film, that even with it’s R rating, still has the feel of a TV movie. It’s got some humor and some raunchy moments, mostly is just mediocre. Not a really bad film, but certainly you couldn’t call it good either. Sometimes there is a hidden gem that you missed. This isn’t one of those. It reaches for nostalgia and misses altogether. The kind of humor in this film is repeatedly driving vehicles into the lake. If you ask me, this is not worth your time. If you try to sit through it for the occasional aged bare rear end, you’ll find you wasted a lot of your time. Don’t bother.

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New in theaters this weekend Friday July 27, 2012

  • The Watch
  • Step Up Revolution
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Killer Joe
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • Sacrifice
  • Klown
  • Big Boys Gone Bananas!
  • Falling Overnight

“The Watch” (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Johna Hill, Will Forte, etc) is about a bunch of guys who form a Neighborhood Watch group mostly for fun, but when the find the town overrun with Aliens things get out of hand quickly. “Step up: Revolution” is the next in a long line of so you think you can dance in the street films. Folks will see it….You know who you are. “Killer Joe” (Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Hayden Church, Gina Gershon) is an NC-17 film about a drug dealer whose stash was stolen by his mother. He’s got to come up with six grand in a very big hurry.

Other new films this week are “Ruby Sparks”, a romantic comedy, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”, a Chinese documentary about a famous artist, “Big Boys Gone Bananas!*”, another documentary made by Sweedish documentarian Fredrik Gertten about a lawsuit brought by workers against Dole Food Company in Nicaragua.
“Falling Overnight”, a drama about a little boy about to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor. “Iron Sky” a sci-fi adventure that has an interesting plot where in the final days of WWII, the last of the Nazis took off in a rocket to the dark side of the moon where they’ve been living ever since while planning their revenge attack on Earth. There are a few other very limited release films as well.

Last Weeks top Box Office:

1 – The Dark Knight Rises
2 – Ice Age: Continental Drift
3 – The Amazing Spider-Man
4 – Ted
5 – Brave


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