A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. — (C) Dreamworks
Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars
Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed Real Steel. It is a perfect Robo/Rocky for kids. Steel is pretty much paint by numbers, but for a family movie night, you could do much worse.
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health – drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. — (C) Summit Entertainment
What could’ve easily been a Hallmark Disease of the Week film, 50/50 handles the subject of coping with a potentially life threatening disease with slick humor and huge heart. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic and Seth Rogen isn’t his usual overbearing self. Definitely a must watch. Ladies, have your Kleenex armed and ready!
Check out my review of 50/50 here!
Paranormal Activity 3
The Paranormal Activity franchise continues with this third outing from Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to produce the highly secretive feature, with Catfish’s directing duo of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman taking on the helming duties. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Scott’s Take – 1 Star
Apparently, I am the only one in the country that doesn’t seem to care for the Paranormal franchise. I thought the first film was okay, and was completely bored by the second film. How was the third act? EXACTLY the same as the first two. When a 80 minute movie feels like 180 minutes, you have a BIG problem. Please don’t make me suffer through another Paranormal movie. No more video tapes of barking dogs and blankets being lifted up. Been there. Done that.
So there you have it. Three big releases that cover all bases. Family,Cancer,and horror. Next week we have Drive, The Thing, and In Time with Justin Timberlake. Enjoy your week !