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New in Theaters – 4/27/12

26 Apr

The Raven

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life – and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

Scott’s Take

The Raven looks amazingly dull. Not that Edgar Allan Poe’s life story should induce hear palpitations, but you would think The Raven would look a little more interesting. I’ll wait for DVD.

Steve’s Take

I’m not sure what to make of this movie. I like the concept and I really like John Cusack, but for some reason I haven’t been sold on it. If you have a chance to check it out let me know how it was! Email me or Tweet us @CineSportsTalk

Safe

A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.

But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action…and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. — (C) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

Here we go again. Let’s play a game. Let’s change the title of Safe. What should we change it too? Crank? Okay you don’t like that one. Let’s try Blitz. No, been done. Revolver? Too cliche. I like Chaos. Nah. The Mechanic, now we are cooking. Get my drift? We’ve seen this movie over and over. It’s time for Jason Statham to to try his hand at Comedy. Oh wait, that is The Expendables.

Steve’s Take

I agree 100% with Scotty on this one and I couldn’t have said it any better myself. No go!

The Five Year Engagement

The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

Of all of the movies releasing this week, I’m most excited for The Five Year Engagement. I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy and this one looks like it has the goods. With that being said, you never know what you are going to get when you enter this genre. I’m ready to roll the dice. You coming?

Steve’s Take

All that nonsense that Scott just said really can be translated into “my wife is making me go”. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! That’s what might happen with me, although I have yet to hear about it! I will let you know how it goes!

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

This movie actually looks pretty decent. My problem is that Hollywood has sucked the life out of any movie involving pirates, zombies, or vampires. So forgive me if i’m not that anxious to hear the word “scallywag” come out of a character anytime soon. DVD for me.

Steve’s Take

I really have no interest in this one. I will wait to see how it does and then maybe I will give it a shot on DVD.

Next Week

That’s all we have for this week. Clear your schedule people because we have a behemoth coming to town next week. The Avengers looks to pretty much guzzle the money out of every moviegoer’s pocket next weekend. Put on some comfy shoes because the long lines are sure to start forming. Have a great week.

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