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New Release Tuesday – 1/3/12

03 Jan

Contagion

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. — (C) Warner Bros.

Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars

Excellent thriller that looks like Outbreak on steroids. You will automatically start looking around the house for hand sanitizer when the credits roll.  If you are OCD, stay away from this one. Otherwise, enjoy the ride.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion’s period interiors, Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally’s investigation are the voices-rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there’s just one problem: no one believes her. — (C) Miramax

Scott’s Take

Check out my review here!

Shark Night

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 – 0 Stars

Whether you watch Shark Night in 3D or regular Blu-Ray, be prepared for a movie that rivals Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus in cheapness and overall production value. One of the worst films of 2011. You are better than this garbage.  Don’t you dare! 🙂

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in I Don’t Know How She Does It, a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don’t Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job. — (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take – 0 Stars

I don’t know how I did it, but I did.  I watched the whole movie and immediately showered with my clothes on and gave power of attorney to my wife.  This movie is terrible. I am all for a good chick flick ( Friends With Benefits) but there is nothing worse then a bad Lifetime movie designed for the estrogen enabled.  HELL ON EARTH!

Next Week

Aside from Contagion, I couldn’t with good conscience recommend any of the other films out this week.  Next week we have Moneyball and Killer Elite.  Have a great week!

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