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New Release Tuesday – 9/11/12

10 Sep

Snow White and the Huntsman

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. — (C) Universal Pictures

Scott’s Take

I missed this one in the theaters. I’m kind of tired of hearing about Kristen Stewart, but Charlize makes this one a much watch for me. How did you like it?

Steve’s Take

Check out my review here!

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco’s surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? — (C) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

I will tell you what to expect when you are expecting a bad movie. Expect worse and thank me later. This bomb will become a hot date night rental. That’s fine, just make sure you don’t make it part of your Blu-ray collection.

Steve’s Take

I remember when I first saw the preview for this movie with my wife and she immediately said – “we are seeing that!” She seems to have completely forgotten about it. Score one for the good guys!

October Baby

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before her first lines, she collapses. Countless medical tests all point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to discovering that she was actually adopted . . . after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered and confused, Hannah embarks on a journey with Jason, her oldest friend. In the midst of her incredible journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for her unknown future, Hannah sees that life can be so much more than what you have planned. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I consider myself very knowledgeable about pretty much every film that has or is about to be released. I am ashamed and embarrassed to admit that I don’t know anything about October Baby. Maybe there is a glitch in the matrix. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Steve’s Take

I just did a bit of research on this one. Apparently it is not even on Amazon. Odd. It is on a ton of different Christian movie sites though. Click on the picture above and it will take you to a site where you can get this one. Sorry folks!

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias [Blu-ray]

The title refers to those seemingly frail Southern belles who survive any and all deprivations through whims of iron. Robert Harling’s original stage play was set exclusively in a Louisiana beauty parlor where an all-female cast of characters laughed, cried and compared menfolk. The film expands the playing field by including scenes at picnics, hospitals and the like, and by visually depicting the males who never appeared in the stage version. Dolly Parton plays the goodnatured beauty-shop owner, while Shirley MacLaine is the cantankerous town eccentric, decked out in grungy overalls and speaking fluent Trash. Well-to-do Sally Field bravely endures several assaults to her sensibilities, not the least of which is the illness (and subsequent death) of daughter Julia Roberts. The performances are first-rate, with the possible exception of Daryl Hannah’s overemphatic portrayal of a gawky hairdresser. The film stumbles a bit in its depiction of the male characters as fools and deadheads, and in the final overlong hospital scenes involving the comatose Roberts, which play like a road company version of Terms of Endearment. Otherwise, Steel Magnolias is a prime example of ensemble filmmaking, lovingly coordinated by director Herbert Ross. (Sidebar: Herbert Ross was reportedly rather rough on Julia Roberts, deriding her lack of experience. The rest of the female cast rallied around Roberts and told the director to lay off or pay the price). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

You want another shameful admission? I cried at the end of Steel Magnolias. Yea, I said it. The tears weren’t streaming or anything, but this movie was the confirmation I needed. I have tear ducts.

Steve’s Take

Isn’t Amazon supposed to be prepared for these releases? Then why not have the cover art for this one so that we can show all of you the beauty of the Blu-ray cover for it? Steve’s getting annoyed.

Ghosts of the Abyss

Filmmaker James Cameron has long been fascinated with the ill- fated maiden voyage of the great ship the Titanic, and he used the story as the backdrop for his most famous and successful movie. In the summer of 2001, Cameron and his good friend Bill Paxton (who appeared in Titanic) joined a group of scientists, maritime historians, archaeologists, and deep sea explorers for a daring experiment — to find and document the Titanic’s final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Cameron brought along a film crew equipped with state-of-the-art 3-D cameras to document the voyage and utilized the Mir-1 and Mir-2, Russian deep sea submersible vessels capable of voyaging to a depth of around 6500 kilometers. Ghosts of the Abyss offers a detailed look at the team’s search for the Titanic, as well as imagining what the final hours for the crew and passengers must have been like. The initial release of Ghosts of the Abyss was limited to big-screen IMAX theaters and movie houses specially equipped to show 3-D features. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

This documentary directed by James Cameron was made right after Titanic. At the time I was all Titanic-ed out, so I didn’t particularly care for Ghosts of the Abyss. I suppose I should give it another look.

Steve’s Take

I will go one step further – I never even bothered to watch Ghosts of the Abyss. Is that bad of me?

Jeepers Creepers

A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a flesh- eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

Scott’s Take

I found the first 20 minutes of Jeepers Creepers genuinely frightening. The problem is that the movie is 90 minutes long. Jeepers Creepers 2 was a much better film in my opinion. Still, if you are looking for a scary movie, you can do a lot worse than Jeepers Creepers.

Steve’s Take

I don’t remember ever seeing Jeepers Creepers 2. Anyway, I liked Jeepers Creepers, but the last memory I have about this movie is having it playing in the background while cleaning one day and the birds driving the dog crazy at the end. So, yes the last memory I have of this scary movie is laughing at the dogs reaction. Odd, no?

Killer Clowns from Outer Space

This low-budget cult classic horror spoof has one of the great movie titles of all time. Mike (Grant Cramer) and his sweetheart, Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), are smooching on lover’s lane when they see what appears to be a meteorite crashing over the horizon. They loosen their liplock long enough to investigate and find a curious circus tent. There they discover malevolent clowns who stop their victims with popcorn-shooting guns and acid-drenched pies in order to feast on human blood. The unfortunates are then entombed into inescapable cotton-candy cocoons. Officer Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson) is called to investigate with help from Officer Mooney (John Vernon). For those viewers who already think clowns are a little creepy to begin with, this one will push them over the edge. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Growing up, my brothers and I must have watched Killer Clowns from Outer Space at least a dozen times. Seeing that this film was made in 1986, what are the chances that this cult classic doesn’t hold up that well 25 years later? I’m scared that some of my great childhood memories will be shattered once I pop this baby in my Blu-ray player.

Steve’s Take

After reading what Scott had to write, I am now ashamed that I have never seen this one. Judging by how Scott finished up, I don’t think it is even worth it all these years later.

The Firm

In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he’s received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South. Mitch’s wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost too good to be true, but it’s not until after several weeks of working with Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman) that Mitch discovers that the vast majority of BL&L’s business is tied to organized crime, with crime boss Joey Morolto (Paul Sorvino) using the firm to launder Mafia money. FBI agents Wayne Tarrance (Ed Harris) and F. Denton Voyles (Steven Hill) try to blackmail Mitch into helping them make a case against the firm, while BL&L’s “security director” William Devasher (Wilford Brimley) is blackmailing him to do as he’s told after Mitch foolishly allows himself to be seduced by a prostitute hired by the firm. The Firm was adapted for the screen by acclaimed playwright David Rabe and features performances by Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter, and Gary Busey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Why am I writing about The Firm when it was just released on Blur-ay within the past year? Great movie. Nothing much else to say.

Steve’s Take

What a rip off! Re-released for new cover art. The nerve!

The Ring

A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter and travels West with her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), a troubled child who has been drawing pictures of strange and ominous visions. Rachel managed to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself; afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and the person or persons behind it within a week. Rachel turns to her ex, Noah (Martin Henderson), an expert in video technology, who at first is convinced the story is a hoax until he digs deeper into the mystery. The Ring was adapted from a 1996 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, which became a massive box- office success in Asia and spawned two sequels. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

The Ring is one of the creepiest film’s I’ve ever seen. It’s not the scariest, but this is the movie V/H/S could’ve been. The scene with Amber Tamblyn in the closet still raises the hair on my neck.

Steve’s Take

Oh look, another one that Amazon has dropped the ball on. Photo coming soon…wtf. Well, this one freaked out a lot of people including me. This is a great grab right before Halloween.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2

Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before — and they are. He also brings a wacky, self- deprecating sense of humor, as if deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s status as one of the first and still greatest “splatter” movies. The result is an impish take- off on the original film (and contemporary horror movies in general) that elevates its own clichés — buckets of blood and gore, droll dialogue, the screaming female lead — to the level of high camp. The movie is loosely concerned with a small-town disc jockey named “Stretch” (Caroline Williams, who does most of the screaming) and an embittered Texas Ranger named “Lefty” (Dennis Hopper). They team up and decide to put an end to the murderous activities of the Sawyer family once and for all (that is, of course, until Texas Chainsaw Massacre III). The real highlight of the film is when Stretch and Lefty find their way into the Sawyer family hideout — a ruinous, winding abattoir underneath an abandoned amusement park — and engage in a chainsaw-battle-to-the- death with Leatherface (Bill Johnson) and the rest of the clan. Jim Siedow is back from the first film as the acerbic Drayton Sawyer, the family cook and owner of the Last Roundup Rolling Grill. Chop-Top (Bill Moseley) and Leatherface do most of the movie’s dirty work. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

Scott’s Take

The start of a string of awful sequels, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2 is not worth your time.

Steve’s Take

This one was complete trash. Give me the remake with Jessica Biel and I will be happy.

JCVD

Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in this meta-crime comedy that finds him garnering mores headlines than he’s had in years after stumbling into an in-progress bank heist. Down and out, with only straight-to-DVD titles under his belt and a recent job lost out to fellow has-been Steven Seagal, the aging action star returns to Belgium a broken man fresh from losing a custody case for his daughter in Hollywood. Upon his arrival, the bad news continues with a disastrous ATM encounter that leads him into the bank and straight into a robbery situation, for which he’s about to be blamed. Soon, crowds grow outside on the street, with the cops quick to point the finger at him and his fans cheering for his release. The film garnered a cult following during its festival run and awarded Van Damme his first theatrical release in the States in almost a decade. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Who knew Jean-Claude Van Damme could act? He plays himself and has a 5 minute monologue that will make you do a double take. I was campaigning for a Van Damme Oscar nomination. No, that is not a misprint. If you haven’t seen JCVD, go out and grab it. You will see what I mean. It’s a great little movie.

Steve’s Take

I have no desire to see JCVD. Sue me.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we have The Cabin in the Woods, Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, Halloween 2, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, The Devil’s Advocate, Katy Perry’s Part of Me and much more. Have a great week.

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