New Release Tuesday – 8/21/12

20 Aug

The Dictator

The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars

Very uneven comedy starring the new king of gross out comedy Sacha Baron Cohen.  I thought Borat was average.  I laughed in a few spots but didn’t like it as much as everyone else.  I absolutely hated Bruno.  It tried way too hard to get laughs. The Dictator has more of a traditional story rather than a documentary feel.  If you like Cohen’s other films, you will like The Dictator.

Steve’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars

So, what else would you expect from a Sacha Baron Cohen film besides anarchy? This movie has some very funny parts and during other parts it is downright offensive! That is exactly what people who liked like Borat and Bruno have come to love about Sacha Baron Cohen. If you are not offended by anything you should go see this movie. However, if you are offended by jokes about abortion, 9/11 and cancer patients, you should stay away.


In theaters Earth Day 2012, Disneynature’s newest True Life Adventure introduces Oscar, a baby chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of fate leaves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally. — (C) Disneynature

Scott’s Take

I hate Chimps.  They freak me out. I think it’s their teeth.  I don’t know if I can watch this one.  Someone help me out!

Steve’s Take

I can watch anything that has to do with nature. Who hates chimps…honestly.


In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I didn’t get a chance to see Bernie.  I know it’s based on a true story and when I watch the trailer, I am astounded that this REALLY took place.  I can’t understand a young guy marrying a women over 40 years older.  Harold and Maude with murder? I am looking forward to watching Bernie.

Steve’s Take

I’ve never been a huge fan of Jack Black and like Scott said – this true story is a hard one to believe. I probably won’t be checking this one out unless I’m just terribly bored one night.

A Separation

Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Scott’s Take

Everyone is raving about A Separation.  The subject matter seems like a rough ride, but I am never one to shy away from great stories.  This one will be overlooked strictly because it’s a foreign film. From what I am hearing it is one of the year’s best films.  So give this one a chance.

Steve’s Take

I just can’t bring myself to sit through a 2 hour movie and have to read the entire time. It’s not that I have anything against a foreign film. I’m just lazy.

The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under

Two fantasy novels by Margery Sharp were combined for in the Disney animated feature The Rescuers. The title characters are a pair of mice, Bernard and Miss Bianca. A little girl named Penny has been kidnapped by Miss Medusa. When the human law enforcement officials fail to locate the child, Bernard and Miss Bianca take over with the help of several colorful animal companions. In classic Disney tradition, the comedy element is offset by moments of genuine terror. Voices are provided by Bob Newhart (Bernard), Eva Gabor (Miss Bianca), Geraldine Page (Madame Medusa), Jim “Fibber McGee” Jordan, John McIntire, George “Goober” Lindsay, Joe Flynn (who died in 1974, not long into the four-year production), and a host of others. It scored at the box office, more than compensating for the $8 million investment and the half-decade of work it took to complete the film. In fact, The Rescuers remains one of the most popular of the Disney cartoon films produced after the death of Uncle Walt. A heavily-computerized sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, appeared in 1990. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

A definite gab for those of you with kids who want to gain some spare time by throwing this one in the Blu-ray player.  What could be better? How’s about a double feature.  What are you going to do with all of that time.  I haven’t seen The Rescuers in ages.  Maybe it’s time to revisit.

Steve’s Take

I haven’t seen this one in forever. This is a must buy for those of you with kids and because it is a double feature it will provide you double the amount of time to surf and to interact with us on Twitter and Facebook! See what I did there?

Pocahontas/Pocahontas 2:Journey to a New World

In this animated retelling of one of history’s greatest romances, a beautiful American Indian princess saves the life of a European settler, and the pair enter into a lifelong love-affair that transcends race or borders. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Look at that.  We have two double features.  That’s 6 hours of you have just cleared up on your schedule.  I hated Pocahontas.  I was at that crossroads age when Pocahontas came out.  I was just way to cool for this movie.  What I learned as an adult is I’m definitely not too cool for any movie.  Enjoy!

Steve’s Take

Here’s another one for the little ones. Like Scott, I was never a fan of Pocahontas. Give it a shot if you have kids and see if you can add another to the “time to yourself” collection. Good luck!

The Tigger Movie

In this animated story for the whole family, Disney brings A.A. Milne’s classic characters from the Winnie the Pooh stories back to the big screen. Tigger is having a hard time finding anyone to play with him, so he decides to track down his family tree and find other Tiggers. Concerned that their friend feels sad, Winnie and his friends dress up like Tiggers so he won’t feel so alone. But once Tigger finds out who they really are, it makes him even more determined to find his real family. As Tigger heads out in search of others like himself, he accidentally makes his way into a snowstorm, and Winnie and friends must find him before he gets lost in the cold. The Tigger Movie was originally produced for home video and then upgraded to a theatrical release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I absolutely loved The Tigger Movie.  I’ve always been a sucker for Tigger.  Winnie the Pooh, not so much.  Join Tigger as he searches for his real family.  When you are done with that, please help me find my real family. Thank you in advance!

Steve’s Take

Oh yeah! Tigger is my homeboy! My sons room is decorated with Winnie the Pooh and friends all over. So, this one makes sense too and I think at this point, I might enjoy it more than him! He is turning one in a few weeks, so start sending in this gifts!


Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he’s smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadvertently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, “Global Thermonuclear War”. What we know, but Broderick doesn’t, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy “human element” in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversible control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official Dabney Coleman race against time to reverse the computer’s resolve to send bombers to Russia. WarGames scored a hit, especially with teenage filmgoers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I have probably seen WarGames over 30 times.  This is one of the movies I grew up with and watched repeatedly.  I would run around saying “Shall we play a game” in that creepy computerized voice.  That’s probably why I got my first girlfriend at the age of 28.  Nerd alert!  I can’t wait to pop this baby in my Blu-ray player and have my son tell me how outdated it looks.  I love WarGames.

Steve’s Take

Scotty – you are so old! I was 2 when this movie came out and I’m sorry to say I have never seen it. I don’t think I ever will. Sorry.

Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie (Affleck), and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will’s problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions — visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. Will agrees to the latter but refuses to cooperate with a succession of therapists. Lambeau then contacts his former classmate, therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Both are equally stubborn, but Will is finally forced to deal with both his past and his future. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another cash grab.  I bought Good Will Hunting on Blu-ray about a year ago.  Why did they release another one? Just get it right the first time. If you already have Good Will Hunting, don’t bother buying a new one. If you don’t have it or haven’t seen it, Good Will Hunting is in my top 20 of all time.  What a GREAT movie.

Steve’s Take

This reminds me of when I bought 300 when it first came out and they re-released it later that same year! Bastards! Great movie and a must own!

Stephen King’s Thinner

The plot of Thinner concerns massively overweight lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke), who is receiving an oral gift from his wife (Lucinda Jenney) while driving down the street one night, when he becomes so carried away that he runs over an old Gypsy woman (Irma St. Paule), killing her. Nobody in town likes the traveling Gypsies much, so Halleck’s pals — a judge and a cop — cover up the incident. After the cover-up, the dead woman’s father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine), touches Halleck’s face and whispers “thinner.” Pretty soon, Halleck is losing weight at an incredible rate of more than 40 pounds a week. He tries everything, but learns that Lempke is the only man who can remove the curse. In the meantime, the judge dies of a mysterious skin ailment, and the cop commits suicide. When begging and pleading with Lempke doesn’t work, Halleck turns to more drastic methods of persuasion. ~ Robert Firsching

Scott’s Take

I read Stephen King’s Thinner and had high expectations for the movie.  Guess what? It was white-hot garbage.  I won’t be wasting my time on this one.  Go watch Drag Me to Hell.  It’s Thinner without the weight loss.

Steve’s Take

Another book to movie gone wrong. No, thank you.

Next Week

That’s all we have wide for this week.  Obviously a plethora of kid films to add to your collection.  Next week we have Battleship, The Lucky One, Think Like A Man, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Scarface, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and much more.  Have a great week everyone!


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