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New Release Tuesday – 6/5/12

04 Jun

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 – 2 1/2 Stars

Denzel Washington is my all time favorite actor.  What I don’t understand is why he essentially keeps playing the same role over and over and over again. Safe House isn’t a bad movie, it’s just another paint by numbers cop film.

Steve’s Take

Denzel is one of my favorites as well. I can’t wait to check this one out!

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 – 3 Stars

John Carter was a huge misfire by Disney standards.  I think this movie will find a much bigger audience on Blu-Ray.  Carter boasts some tremendous special effects and is hugely entertaining from start to finish.

Steve’s Take

I was never into this movie from the beginning. 3 Stars from Scotty? I might check it out.

Act of Valor

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs. — (C) Relativity

Scott’s Take – Not Reviewed

I didn’t see this U.S. military propaganda film.  It looks like one long infomercial for the Navy.  That being said, if one person tells me it was worth watching, I gladly will sit down and give Act of Valor a look.  Who will that one person be?

Steve’s Take

Ditto.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  Next week we have Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Have a great week!

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