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New Release Tuesday – 3/13/12

12 Mar

The Adventures of Tintin

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take – 3 Stars

Great family movie that the kids will absolutely love. Me..I thought it was good but found out that Tintin was an arduous task the second time around. I would only purchase The Adventures of Tintin if you have little ones running around. Otherwise, it’s one and done.

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. — (C) Fox Searchlight

Scott’s Take – 4 Stars

I went in to The Descendants thinking it was a comedy. While there are some funny parts,The Descendants is absolutely heartbreaking and one of the best movies of the year. George Clooney is a BEAST in this movie. This is a definite purchase and requires repeat viewing. Especially if you are a film buff.

My Week with Marilyn

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. — (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars

Michelle Williams had my vote for best performance by a leading female actress in 2011. She is absolutely mesmerizing in My Week with Marilyn. Very informative movie about the woman who was the subject of every man’s fantasy in the 60’s.

Melancholia

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth… Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars

I don’t really have much to say about Melancholia. It is strange, beautiful, and you will either love it or hate it.

Young Adult

Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take – Not Reviewed

Young Adult was one of the films of 2011 that I really wanted to see but slipped through the cracks. I have heard nothing but great things about this movie and I love me some Charlize. You bet your sweet ass I will be checking this out on Tuesday.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

The Three Musketeers

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D. — (C) Summit

Scott’s Take

Now here is a movie I purposely let slip through the cracks. Is Paul W.S Anderson the Ed Wood of our generation? I would rather watch paint dry. If by some chance you have seen this, hit us up on Twitter @Cinesportstalk (shameless plug) and rip it apart.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Everything but the movie named after a candy bar is a good bet. Next week we have The Muppets, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Carnage and The Sitter.

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