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01 Sep

Apollo 18

Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I have absolutely zero desire to see Apollo 18.  Maybe if they got Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton to go back to the moon, I’d give it a chance, but Apollo 18 looks like a movie trying to steal some money out of your wallet before going right to Blu-Ray.

Steve’s Take

No desire here either. I didn’t like the preview either. Not gonna happen for me.

The Debt

The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team’s mission was accomplished – or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations. — (C) Focus

Scott’s Take

When we enter that one month gap between the end of summer movie season and the beginning of fall, the trick is to unearth that one gem.  We all know that the month of August is a dumping ground for mostly trashy movies that movie studios wouldn’t dare throw up against a proven blockbuster.  The Debt has the potential to be one of those gems.  It’s gotten some great buzz so far and who doesn’t love an espionage thriller?   I’m all in.

Steve’s Take

Looks like a movie that will keep you on your toes and your heart pounding. Count me in for this one.

Shark Night 3D

Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast. But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land. — (C) Relativity Media

Scott’s Take

Shark Night 3D is rated PG-13. Why? Because slapping it with an R rating would take away most of the restless teens who will undoubtedly jump to see this film.  Look for a pretty good opening week gross and a HUGE drop off thereafter. Trash,Trash,Trash.

Steve’s Take

Like OMG this movie is like totally crappy. I’m so tired of these movies that have these really dumb people who put themselves in obvious harms way. Nonsense.

 

Next week, theaters start to filter in some Oscar hopefuls with Tom Hardy’s MMA film Warrior, and Steven Soderbergh’s virus thriller Contagion.  I will be seeing Warrior this weekend and will have a review up by Monday.  Have a great weekend!


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