Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. — (C) Universal
Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars
I wasn’t looking forwarded to seeing Fast Five. I endured the previous films and absolutely dreaded sitting down for this one. What a shock to see that this isn’t just the best entry in the series but Fast Five is actually a well paced crime/action film that will actually give you whiplash. Check this one out folks, it’s good!
I have never really liked this series. I had no thoughts of seeing this movie when it hit the theaters, but now I have to say I’m intrigued. Not intrigued like Wade was when talking about the Knicks, but really intrigued. I might take a look at it.
In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger. — (C) Dimension
Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars
At first glance, you have to wonder what Wes Craven was thinking re-introducing the Scream franchise. It had been over a decade since the last film and the well had run dry. I have to admit, while Scream 4 is nothing to rush out and buy, it is a competent entry in the franchise. Put it on your Netflix list, and temper all enthusiasm and you won’t be disappointed.
Please see my thoughts on Fast Five minus the part about not liking any of the movies in the series. For this one I simply lost interest.
An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion. — (C) Cinema-Source
Scott’s Take – 2 Stars
African Cats isn’t terrible, but you will get much more excitement from that YouTube video showing a real life lion owner releasing his cub into the wild, only to return years later and have the now grown lion shower him with love. To make it much more emotional, it is played to Whitney Houston’s ” I Will Always Love You” Check this out..Sniff Sniff!
The Lion King
One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba (voiced first by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, then by Matthew Broderick) begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones). The cub’s happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle, Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons), murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and Timon the meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane), he and lives a carefree jungle life. As he approaches adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne. Borrowing elements from Hamlet, classical mythology, and African folk tales, The Lion King tells its mythic coming-of-age tale with a combination of spectacular visuals and lively music, featuring light, rhythmic songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a score by Hans Zimmer. Embraced by children and adults alike, the film also spawned hit songs (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “The Circle of Life”) and a hit Broadway musical. In late 2002, The Lion King was re-released in the large-screen IMAX format. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Scott’s Take – 4 Stars
I don’t normally talk about Blu-Ray releases that are old or basic retreads, but The Lion King is a movie that really stands the test of time and should be seen again by all ages. We are talking about the highest grossing animated film of all time. Look what it’s been doing in the theaters the past few weeks, an absolute juggernaut. Now imagine the transfer on Blu-Ray. Go get it.
Steve’s Take – 4 Stars
This is going to look outstanding on Blu-Ray! This is one that I am ready to get and one day enjoy with my new-born son. Well, when he is able to go the length of a movie without eating, pooping or sleeping. Too much? Sorry.
A pretty busy week for releases. Next week we have Horrible Bosses, The Tree of Life, and Steve’s favorite actor Kevin James, in the Zookeeper. Have a great week!