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New Release Tuesday – 6/26/12

25 Jun

21 Jump Street

In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. — (C) Sony Pictures

Scott’s Take

21 Jump Street is loud, crude, offensive and absolutely hilarious.  One of the funniest movies of the year. Check out my full review here!

Steve’s Take

This movie was hilarious and I can’t wait for the release tomorrow. Check out Scott’s review if you haven’t seen this one yet. Definitely worth a rental or purchase.

The Artist

Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. — (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take – 4 Stars

Because The Artist is a black and white silent film that takes place in the late 1920’s, chances are you didn’t see this Best Picture winner.  You are missing out.  If you don’t have a HUGE smile on your face for 99% of this movie’s running time, you have NO soul.  I’m just kidding, but do yourself a favor and don’t miss The Artist!

Steve’s Take

Because The Artist is a black and white silent film that takes place in the late 1920’s is EXACTLY the reason why I have no desire to see it.

Wrath of the Titans

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned… — (C) Warner Bros.

Scott’s Take – 1 Star

Quick story.  So you went to go see Clash of the Titans a couple of years ago, and while walking out of the theater, you had this strange feeling that someone just took a huge dump on your forehead.   Fast forward two years.  They went ahead and made a sequel to Clash of the Titans creatively called Wrath of the Titans.  You start to remember how violated you felt by Clash of the Titans and you decide to stick your chin up,chest out and walk in the other direction.  The moral of the story is simple.  If someone takes a huge dump on your forehead, you NEVER let it happen again.

Steve’s Take

After that very descriptive story I will not be going anywhere near this one.

Mirror Mirror

One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the Prince, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. — (C) Relativity

Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars

Not terrible. Not great. Not better than Snow White and the Huntsman. Still, I recommend you see Mirror, Mirror just so you can compare it to Huntsman.

Steve’s Take

I agree with Scotty on this one – you should rent this one if only to have something to compare to the Huntsman.

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 – 0 Stars

I will save you 997 words.  NO THANK YOU.

Steve’s Take

How many bleepin’ movies are coming out this week?!?! It’s a shame to see all of these once respected actors doing these bomb-fests. Pass.

Next Week

We have a lot to choose from this week. Keep away from A Thousand Words and Wrath of the Titans and you should be okay.  Next week we have The Hunter and God Bless America. Have a great week!

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