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New Release Tuesday – 8/9/11

08 Aug

Paul


Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town — a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. Paul is directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy’s cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

I missed Paul when it hit theaters.  I wanted to see it and I’m a big fan of anything Frost and Pegg collaborate on, but I will defer to Mr. Steve who has actually seen this film.

Steve’s Review

Click here for the official review of Paul

Your Highness

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world–Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)–an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own–the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

I had zero interest in seeing James Franco and Natalie Portman piss all over their recent Oscar nominations by taking a part in a a Dazed and Confused set in Medieval times.  Because I will pretty much watch any film, I will reluctantly watch Your Highness this week.  If you are one of the 7 people that saw this in the theater, please chime in.

Steve’s Take

Like Scott, I had no interest in seeing this movie, except for Natalie Portman in a thong. That being said, I will make an attempt to watch this movie this week. If not, I will ask my buddy Scott how it all went.

Mars Needs Mom’s

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli-who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom-a wild adventure in 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom-in more ways than one. Based on the Book by Berkeley Breathed. — (C) Disney

Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars

Disney is throwing out another motion capture film in Mars Needs Mom’s.  There is a lot to like about Mom’s but there are just too many Polar Express sequences that throw the Zemeckis dead eye characters at you who resemble zombies more than real life characters.  Younglings will no doubt be entertained, but not so much for parents and teens who are forced to go along for the ride.

Steve’s take

You know me guys…I have a son on the way and this will likely be a purchase at some point along the way. From what I hear all it is good for is entertaining children. I will make the most of it!

Thats all we have going wide this week.  Next week we have Something Borrowed, Jane Eyre, and the steaming pile of trash otherwise known as Priest.  Have a great week.

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