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New Release Tuesday – 1/31/12

30 Jan

Drive

Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. — (C) FilmDistrict

Scott’s Take – 4 Stars

I wasn’t prepared for what I was getting into with Drive. Drive is driven by the performances of Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks. Throw in some bursts of sheer violence and adrenaline and a 1980’s type Film Noir atmosphere and you have one of the best movies of the year.  This movie is going to do some serious damage come Oscar time. Don’t hesitate to purchase this one on Blu-Ray.  For added effect, purchase some tooth picks before viewing.

The Thing

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take – 1 1/2 Stars

Color me unimpressed. I’m not a huge fan of John Carpenter’s The Thing starring Kurt Russell. Imagine my enjoyment as a sat watching an updated version with louder music and some weak CGI. This one should’ve gone straight to DVD.  Pass.

In Time

When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Scott’s Take – 2 Stars

In Time is a repetitive mess that has Justin Timberlake scowling and running around attempting to be a credible action star. This is a movie we have seen 1,000 times before. J.T. should stick to Friends with Benefits type roles.

Next Week

There you have it. This weeks releases. Get off your asses and go get Drive. You will thank me for it later! Next week we slow down with one wide release. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. Have a great week!

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