Archive for August, 2012

New in theaters this weekend Friday August 31, 2012

  • Lawless
  • The Possession
  • For a Good Time, Call…
  • The Ambassador
  • Little Birds
  • The Tall Man
  • The Good Doctor
  • Breathing
  • The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
  • Chicken with Plums

Lots of new releases coming out this week. “Lawless” with Shia LeBeouf, is a true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers who were bootleggers. “The Possession” is a horror film based on another alleged true story of a girl who becomes obsessed with a wooden box she got at a garage sale, as the spirit in the box takes her over. “Little Birds” tells us the story of two 15 year old girls who are friends despite struggling to survive on the shores of the Salton Sea which once was a up and coming playground for the rich, but has deteriorated into a slum. “For a Good Time, Call…” is a tale of two complete opposites who become roommates out of financial necessity. When one finds out the other is a phone sex operator, it seems like an easy way to make a living. “The Ambassador” is a documentary about a man who is a con artist selling fake documents and credentials and exploiting war in third world countries. “The Tall Man” is a film with Jessica Biel as a mom who learns her son has been abducted like many other children in the town, who sets out to find out the truth. “The Good Doctor” features Orlando Bloom as a young doctor eager to fit in and to prove he is worthy as his ambition turns into obsession. “Breathing” tells us about a man who through his work in the morgue during his incarceration learns a lot about himself and his destiny in life. “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” is a highly interactive film for kids and their parents where the audience is encouraged to sing and dance with the actors on the screen. Finally there’s “Chicken with Plums” is an Iranian film that documents a man who’s joy in life was music, but who’s violin was broken. He decides to go to bed and just wait for death to come and put him out of his misery.

Last Weeks top Box Office:

1 – The Expendables 2
2 – The Bourne Legacy
3 – ParaNorman
4 – The Campaign
5 – The Dark Knight Rises

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Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Relativity Media,

Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Dax Flame, Chris Parnell, Ellie Kemper

Young underachieving cops, Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) are screwups on the force, and end up wrecking a huge undercover operation, so as punishment are sent to a “special” squad that has then going back to high school to bust up a drug operation. Naturally anything that can go wrong, does. They soon realize that times have changed since they were in school in this homage to the original 1980’s TV show of the same name.

There are a lot of poeple who LOVE this movie. It didn’t completely blow me away. But there are some really funny parts. Now keep in mind that I have never seen the TV show, so I have no background at all to work from. This is probably why I was not blown away. Then main characters were really good. Channing and Jonah were very good and remind me of a “Farrelly Brothers” version of Miami Vice which is probably what the show was going for. Ice Cube was funny as their leader. All in all there is a lot to like, but it would be a lot better if you have familiarity with the original work. As a stand alone film, without the upgrade of the original TV show, it’s a really decent comedy. So it’s worth watching, whether or not you are going to get the connection of the original film.

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Cott Productions,

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez , Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell

It’s been ten years since Perseus (Sam Worthington) fought and defeated Kraken, horrible monsters. Perseus-who is half human, half god and son of Zeus tries to live a quiet life as a fisherman and as a father to his young son, Helius. But the war for supremacy goes on between the gods and the Titans. Zeus himself, and the other gods, are very weak due to the disbelief and lack of devotion of the humans. The gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and the gods are in serious trouble. Perseus finds he has to take up his calling and march into hell itself when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus.

This is the sequel to 2010’s “Clash of the Titans” [Click here for Eds Review of that film]. This is a fine continuation of the story, and a great adventure and action film. The special effects are awesome, and the battle scenes and the monstrous creatures are eye-popping. The action is fierce and doesn’t let you go for a minute. The acting, especially Sam Worthington as Perseus, and Liam Neeson as Zeus is superb. This is a great cast. All in all, it a very well developed film that follows, and tell the story very directly. It’s interesting through out, and a very well done film. Of the two, I’d probably have to give the edge to the first one, but this one is no weak sequel. Wall to Wall action from start to finish, if you’re a fan of stories of the gods and these ancient legends, then you have to see this film. It’s very, very well done!

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday August 28, 2012

  • Think Like a Man
  • Battleship [Click Here for Eds Review]
  • The Lucky One
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Monsier Lazhar
  • Headhunters
  • Darling Companion

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Four by Two Films, Kanzaman,

Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, John C. Reilly, B.J. Novak, Chris Elliott, Fred Armisen, J.B. Smoove, Megan Fox

General Aladeen (Sasha Baron Cohen), dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, loves to oppress his people and fight democracy. His whole purpose in life seems to be to bring attention to himself, and life a life of luxury taking advantage of all the benefits of capitalism without any of the work. Rich oil reserves set him up for a life on Easy Street. But some people would like to end his role, so while in the US on a visit, his all female crack lifeguard force protects him for all the bad things that could be coming his way including a usurper and those who want him dead.

Has Sasha Cohen jumped the shark? [For the meaning of this term, click here.] In my opinion, he is a has-been. Sorry, but he has attempted to offend everyone possible, and there’s no one else to pick on, so he’s back making fun of the Arab’s again. There are about 2 1/2 decent gags in this film, and all of those were in the preview. I was actually pretty anxious to see this film, and almost went to the theater to catch it so I wouldn’t have to wait. Boy am I glad I didn’t burn my hard earned cash on this waste of time. It just really seemed pointless to me. Naturally he has to pull out the body double bit, all the way back from Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”. It’s not very unique here, it’s the same-old same-old.

I like slap stick, and I love puns and verbal play. I enjoy impressions and character sketches. But there’s really nothing here we haven’t seen over and over again from this guy. His stunt with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Oscar’s was dumb and not funny, and the film is even worse. Trust me that “sight gag” is hysterical compared to most of the stuff on this film. I was really sorely disappointed and very, very bored throughout the whole thing. I have to say, I was impressed with his first film, and the second one, though not nearly as good has some really funny stuff in it and it was over the top offensive. This one is very stale, and it just annoying. Woody Allen did this kind of stuff even better way back in the 70’s. If you haven’t been sucked in to this yet, please avoid it. If you go ahead, don’t blame me, cause I warned you. This guy needs to come up with something new. This isn’t it.

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