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New in Theaters – 3/9/12

08 Mar

John Carter

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter-a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. — (C) Walt Disney

Scott’s Take

I have completely lowered my expectations for John Carter. I have been following this project for years. What was formerly John Carter of Mars starring one Will Smith, John Carter is now being played by Taylor Kitsch and has lost the Mars from it’s title. So what is your thought? Are we a go or no go? Let’s hope this doesn’t suck!

A Thousand Words

Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack’s life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he’s got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he’s a goner. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take

I can sum up A Thousand Words in 7 words. The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Norbit. That is all I need to know. I have seen enough of Eddie Murphy doing horrendous family films. He needs Quentin Tarantino to revive his career like he did with John Travolta. Murphy needs a career make over! No thank you.

Silent House

From the directors of the hit film Open Water, Silent House is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot. — (C) Open Road

Scott’s Take

Okay, I have to admit that it is rare that I see a movie that actually scares me. I would have to say that The Strangers and the first half of Insidious are the only two movies in the past decade that have scared me. I find the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises to be dull and rather boring. Silent House looks like it might get me to look under my bed and in the closet before I go to bed at night. I really hope this doesn’t turn out to be another another High Tension.

Friends with Kids

Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way. They decide to have a kid together – and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.

Scott’s Take

Friend’s with Kids looks fantastic. Only because it stars Don Draper. Anything Don Draper does is worth the price of admission. Enough said!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we only have 21 Jump Street going wide! Have a great week everyone!

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