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New in Theaters – 10/5/12

04 Oct

Taken 2

Former government agent Bryan Mills has retired and attempts to reassemble his old life, after years of overseas employment have left him estranged from his teenage daughter. But when she is kidnapped while in Europe, Bryan must revert to his old skill set to rescue her before she disappears forever. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I am an unapologetic fan of Taken.  It was a fun action movie that catapulted Liam Neeson in to action star status.  Taken 2 just doesn’t do it for me.  What are the chances we are going to be watching a rehash of the first Taken? Taken 2 will swap out the daughter for the wife and away we go.  Same story. Same set of skills.  Same killing of bad guys.  Same everything.

Steve’s Take

I loved Taken and I know this will be more of the same, but I’m ready to see this one also. I’m a big Liam Neeson fan. I might not get to see it in the theaters, but I will see this bad boy when it is out on Blu-ray!

Frankenweenie

From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. — (C) Disney

Scott’s Take

Leave it to Tim Burton to give us something twisted and totally original.  The man who brought us Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas is back just in time for Halloween.  Early word is that Frankenweenie is not to be missed.

Steve’s Take

I’d like to see this one, but I’m just petrified to bring my 13 month old son to the movies. I just don’t want to be “those parents” that are sitting there with a crying baby in the theater. My son is pretty well-behaved, but there is just something about it that scares me.

Pitch Perfect

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

I will admit that upon viewing the trailer for Pitch Perfect, I did laugh a few times.  The problem for me is that I’m not a fan of the teen dance/musical genre.  i don’t watch Glee, I don’t Stomp the Yard, and I;ve never really Stepped Up.  I won’t ever ignore a good movie, but I won’t rush to the movie theater for something that doesn’t float my boat. What does that even mean?

Steve’s Take

No, thank you.

V/H/S

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last. — (C) Magnet

Scott’s Take

Don’t you dare waste your time or money on V/H/S.  Read my review and stay away!

Steve’s Take

See Scott’s review. Enjoy.

Butter

Butter follows an ambitious woman (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa’s reigning butter sculpting champ (Ty Burrell) but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She’s the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving and becomes a late-breaking favorite. — (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take

This is a movie about butter carving. Yes you read that correctly.  Yeah, I think I will wait until Netflix on this one.

Steve’s Take

I don’t even know what to say about this one. Butter? Really? C’mon man!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope-and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. — (C) Summit

Steve’s Take

Check out my review here!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Stay away from V/H/S.  Frankenweenie looks like the best film to see this weekend.  All bets are off with the others.  Next week we have Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo, Kevin James goes UFC in Here Comes the Boom, Ethan Hawke is seeing things in Sinister and Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell make up three of the Seven Psychopaths.  Have a great weekend everyone.
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