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New in Theaters – 2/10/12

09 Feb

The Vow

A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. — (C) Sony Pictures

Scott’s Take

The Vow comes along just in the nick of time to steal your hard earned cash for Valentine’s Day. There are a lot of men out there right now praying that the significant other just wants to watch a movie at home. But that being said, The Vow will help you get laid.  Just don’t forget toshow your sensitive side and cry a little.

Steve’s Take

I’m not afraid to admit that I enjoyed The Notebook and that I thought it was a great love story. This is basically The Notebook revamped (with the same actress) except for they don’t grow old. I’m in on this one (plus I know for a fact I would be seeing it anyway).

Safe House

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Denzel doesn’t make bad movies.  I will leave it at that!

Steve’s Take

Ditto! I just closed a deal stating that if we are going to see The Vow, we are also seeing Safe House. Score!

Journey 2

The Mysterious Island- In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Journey 2? WTF is that? Could they have gotten any less bland with this title? Brendan Fraser has been stealing money since Encino Man.  We need to start an “Occupy Brendan Fraser” movement.  Whose coming with me?

Steve’s Take

Disaster.

Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace 3D


In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful sequels (1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi) that extended the story of the first film, Lucas took some time off to produce movies for others, with mixed success. In 1999, Lucas returned to the Star Wars saga with a new approach — instead of picking up where Return of the Jedi left off, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace would be the first of a trilogy of stories to trace what happened in the intergalactic saga before the first film began. Here, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Naboo queen, by a friendly but opportunistic Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a meeting of Republic leaders in Coruscant, but trouble with their spacecraft strands them on the planet Tatooine, where Qui-Gon meets Anakin, the slave of a scrap dealer. Qui-Gon is soon convinced that the boy could be the leader the Jedis have been searching for, and he begins bargaining for his freedom and teaching the boy the lessons of the Force. The supporting cast includes Pernilla August as Anakin’s mother, Terence Stamp as Chancellor Valorum, and Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi master Mace Windu. Jackson told a reporter before The Phantom Menace’s release that the best part about doing the film was that he got to say “May the Force be with you” onscreen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

JarJar Binks was bad enough in 2D.  No thank you!

Steve’s Take

Meh.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  Next week we have This Means War and another terrible Ghost Rider flick.  Have a great weekend!

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