New Release Tuesday – 11/13/12

12 Nov


Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. — (C) Disney

Scott’s Take

I missed out on Brave in theaters. I’ve heard it is uneven by Pixar’s standards but still worth a look. I’m sure parents will want to add this one to their younglings’ collection.

Steve’s Take

I’m still looking to add to my sons collection for when he starts getting into movies. I’m not so sure about this one. I would love it if some of our loyal fans would chime in for me. Thanks!


Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon-with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)-wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

We can always count on Oliver Stone to deliver us a polarizing, mind-bending, violent drama.  I haven’t seen Savages but as anything Stone makes, you can sign me up.

Steve’s Take

This movie was one of those that I kept on trying to see, but it just never happened. I will definitely get to this one at some point this week. Book it.

The Watch

Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood — and the world — from total extermination. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Scott’s Take


Steve’s Take

The Watch looked horrible from the get-go. It’s a shame because it has a cast that you would like to root for. Tough break.


Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big a secret-they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacy unexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. With their destinies at stake, the girls are faced with a difficult choice; give up their eternal youth for a chance at love, or continue to live their uncomplicated fabulously single lives forever. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

My wife made me watch this garbage.  Stay away!

Steve’s Take

I’m sorry Scotty, but your wife owes you big time! Who in their right mind would spend their hard-earned money on this? Let’s talk.

2 Days in New York

Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father (played by Delpy’s real-life dad, Albert Delpy), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. The visitors push every button in the couple’s relationship, truly putting it to the test. How will the couple fare. . . when the French come to New York? — (C) Magnolia

Scott’s Take

Not as good as 2 Days in Paris but this one does have it’s funny moments.  Rent, don’t buy!

Steve’s Take

Ah, with New York in the title, you know this one was one that I had to see. It had its moments, but I’m with Scott on this one – it’s Redbox/Netflix time.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys’ long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times, they will be allowed to pass. If not, Ted’s dad will plunk the boy into military school, thereby breaking up the boys’ garage band permanently. Bill and Ted receive unexpected aid from a very unexpected source: Rufus (George Carlin), an Emissary from the Future. It seems that in Rufus’s time, Bill and Ted’s rock music is the basis of all society-and if their band is aborted, Rufus’s world will no longer exist. Thus, Bill and Ted are whisked off in a time machine (actually a telephone booth) to retrieve a few historical characters–including Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and Beethoven–as “eyewitnesses” for their crucial oral exam. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired both a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey) and a Saturday morning cartoon series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

A surefire classic.  Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a must own. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey…not so much!

Steve’s Take

Definitely a must add for your classics section. I thought it was hilarious when I first saw it and I know I will still find it equally as funny.

Empire of the Sun

Based on J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Empire of the Sun is a very underrated Spielberg film starring a young Christian Bale. If you missed this one, it’s a must view just for the story and cinematography alone. Definitely check it out.

Steve’s Take

This was one of Bale’s stops on the way to being Batman. Not a bad stepping stone, eh? Rent this one first as it is one that some people just didn’t like.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

One woman’s rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn’t interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business — a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba’s — she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad’s misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect — he’s tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula — except for two little things: he’s not Greek, and he’s a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula’s family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian’s upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There’s also the matter of the wedding, which Toula’s mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez (Vardalos’ real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I was one of the few people out there who didn’t like My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  I found it tedious and downright annoying.  Still, I know there are women out there that absolutely love this movie, my wife included.  Men…STAY AWAY!

Steve’s Take

My wife was actually watching this while I was getting ready for work one day last week. For men, this one will be a complete bore fest. If you wan to test it out, it is on HBO and Showtime all the time. I just saved you $15. You’re welcome.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  I’m zeroing in on Brave and Savages.  Next week we have a very slow week as Thanksgiving and Black Friday will take up most of your time.  We have The Expendables 2 and Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True.  Have a great week everyone!


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