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New Release Tuesday – 10/23/12

22 Oct

Magic Mike

Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. — (C) Warner Bros.

Scott’s Take

I missed Magic Mike in the theater but I’m sure 90% of the women out there can tell you how good it was and are praying for an eventual 3D release.  That being said, I have heard nothing but good things about Magic Mike and (gulp) look forward to watching it this weekend. I’m sure my wife feels the same way.

Steve’s Take

In a recent poll, 97% of women saw this movie and 100% of women are going to own this movie come release day. Sorry…a little election humor there. I missed Magic Mike in theaters on purpose. I know that I will end up seeing this one because my wife wants to see it. It is what it is.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation’s favorite president…as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I had high hopes for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It’s a tough sell, strictly from the title.  The problem I had with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is that it strayed so far from what was a very entertaining book.  I thought that Vampire Hunter had a chance to be at the very least good because the director of Wanted Timur Nekmambetov was behind the helm.  No dice.  This one is a Redbox rental folks.

Steve’s Take

A lot of people had very high hopes for this one. I’m not big into vampires, but I was even willing to see this one. Fail.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten. — (C) Focus

Scott’s Take

Finally, a comedic look at the end of the world.  No zombies, diseases, or nuclear war.  I didn’t get a chance to see Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but with the talent attached, I will be sure to watch this one this weekend.

Steve’s Take

I wanted to check this one out, but never got around to it. Taking a step back, I think I will let Scott take this one.

Secret of the Wings

Disney invites you on an incredible journey to an amazing new world, in a motion picture event that will take your breath away. For the fairies of Pixie Hollow, the Winter Woods are strictly off-limits. But when a mysterious force draws Tinker Bell to cross the border into this unknown world, she discovers a secret that will change her life forever. She comes face-to-face with a frost fairy named Periwinkle, the only fairy who can help unlock the secret of the wings. With fun and laughter, they form a magical connection and make an astonishing discovery…they’re more than friends, they’re sisters! When Pixie Hollow is threatened, this perfect pair must work together to save their two worlds. Disney’s SECRET OF THE WINGS will make you believe in the unbreakable bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and will change Pixie Hollow forever. (c) Disney

Scott’s Take

Strictly for the Younglings.  Unfortunately, I have no younglings wreaking havoc in the Peterson household.  This one is a job for one Steven Richard Farace.

Steve’s Take

Maybe when I have a daughter. Next.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

For years, George Needleman (Levy), the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme – and that he’s been set up as the fall guy. Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian (Perry), a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of… His Aunt Madea’s house down South. — (C) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

Another year, another Madea.  I have seen most of the Madea films and I enjoy most of them.  I’m just at a point where I don’t flock to the movie theater to see these anymore.  I respect Tyler Perry as an enormous talent, I just wish he would do something else.  No, I’m not talking about Alex Cross.  I still think he was severely miscast.  More comedy, less Madea.

Steve’s Take

Unlike Scotty, I have yet to see a Madea movie. I have no desire to see one either. I’m sorry to disappoint all of you out there that love Madea. I still love you.

Blade Runner

A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he’s saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell’s assistant and a replicant who’s unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian’s, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city. In 1992, Ridley Scott released a popular director’s cut that removed Deckard’s narration, added a dream sequence, and excised a happy ending imposed by the results of test screenings; these legendary behind-the-scenes battles were chronicled in a 1996 tome, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Scott’s Take

The misunderstood Blade Runner is back again.  This time in collectible formats.  Blade Runner requires repeated viewing before you can fully appreciate the greatness of this science fiction classic.  Sign me up.

Steve’s Take

If you are a fan of science fiction then this is a must have for you. Just go ahead and click that link above and make that purchase! Let them know Steve and Scott from CST sent ya!

Take This Waltz

When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

I saw this one On Demand one weekend and it is pretty good.  It’s a less depressing Blue Valentine.  Everyone involved does a great job in Take This Waltz.  It’s a movie about an unfortunate situation that is brought upon good people.  You can’t help to feel for everyone involved.  Definitely worth a look this weekend.

Steve’s Take

Haven’t seen this one yet, but I will surely give it a shot. Seth Rogen is a good man. Less of a man than he once was…but still a good man.

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