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New Release Tuesday – 3/20/12

19 Mar

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take – 4 Stars

I am a big fan of the foreign series, but what Mr. Finsher has done with the revamped American version is absolutely riveting. Rooney Mara is now a star.  Go grab this one ASAP.

Steve’s Take – 4 Stars

Great performances all around – get this one tomorrow and make it a movie night!

The Muppets

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. — (C) Walt Disney

Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars

I loved The Muppets.  I wasn’t expecting much, but I found that I couldn’t stop smiling the whole film.  Another definite Blu-Ray purchase! Kids and Grown ups will be equally entertained.

Steve’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars

I’ve been a huge fan of the Muppets since I was 7 yrs old and I ruined the VHS of Muppets Take Manhattan from watching it so much! Can’t wait to watch this one with my son!

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy

Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets. — (C) Focus Features

Scott’s Take – 3 Stars

Tinker is a good spy film, but much like Spielberg’s Munich, it has its dull moments.  Think Merchant Ivory meets James Bond.  I enjoyed the book more, but the movie is no slouch!

Hop

For the past 4,000 years, the Easter Bunny has brought joy and candy to kids all across the globe; however, the time has come for a new Easter Bunny to take over the tradition. But while EB (Russell Brand) is the next in line to receive the official title, he couldn’t care less about becoming the official bearer of chocolate eggs and jellybeans. Escaping to Hollywood in a bid to find fame and fortune, EB hops in front of an oncoming car driven by Fred (James Marsden), who agrees to give him a place to recover until he’s healthy enough to hop along home. Now, the harder Fred struggles to stop his furry new companion from sending his life into a tailspin, the more satisfaction he begins to get out of his newfound responsibility. With a little luck and a whole lot of patience, Fred just might become the man who saved Easter for everyone. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

No thank you!

Steve’s Take

This was a disaster in the making from day 1.

Carnage

Carnage is a razor-sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the “victim” invite the parents of the “bully” over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics
Scott’s Take

A short claustrophobic take on two sets of parents bickering.  Seriously, that’s what this movie is about.  I’d wait for Netflix on this one.

Next Week

Some great releases to please the masses this week.  Definitely go grab The Muppets and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy is also a winner.  Next week we have Steve’s favorite Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and A Dangerous Method.  Have a great week!

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