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New Release Tuesday 12/4/12

03 Dec

The Dark Knight Rises

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. — (C) Warner Bros

Steve’s Take

Another masterpiece from Christopher Nolan. This is a must buy for anyone that watches movies. It better not be a blind purchase for you. If you didn’t see this in theaters (or IMAX for that matter) then shame on you! Enjoy this one from day one!

Scott’s Take

Where do I begin? The conclusion to the great Christopher Nolan tragedy was overshadowed this past summer because of the senseless tragedy in Colorado.  If you didn’t get a chance to see The Dark Knight Rises, get off your ass! I’ve seen TDKR three times in the theater and it gets better ever single time.  For the collectors out there, Best Buy has a limited edition steelbook edition and Target has two different  covered digibooks. As you can probably tell ,I’m super geeked out for this one.

Brian’s Take

See Brian’s review here!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim — and their small town of Stanleyville — learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. — (C) Disney

Steve’s Take

I have had nothing but pure rubbish about this one. I was really unsure about Timothy Green to begin with, but now I am sure that I was right. Pass.

Scott’s Take

The Odd Life of Timothy Green must have  been a tough sell. A couple that can’t have children wakes up one day to the news that a boy sprouted from their garden. Forget the fact that he has vines that grow from his legs.  That’s not the unbelievable part.  They take young Timothy in,enroll him in school, and no one seems to ask where the bleep he came from?   No thanks.

Hope Springs

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place. — (C) Sony

Steve’s Take

Ugh. No thank you.

Scott’s Take

Saw this one with the wife.  I can’t say Hope Springs is bad, it’s just extremely uncomfortable watching an old couple reignite their sexual spark. Don’t get me wrong, the performances by Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are fantastic, I just had my toes curled the whole film. Very awkward. That being said, give it a chance, you might like it!

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

Steve’s Take

These people are trying to steal our money this week? Scotty told me that he watched this one a few months back on demand and said it was complete trash. I can’t be a part of it.

Scott’s Take

I will not waste one more word on this garbage! If you want a more in-depth look, click on my review here.

Finding Nemo 3D

In this stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion, Finding Nemo follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould) — who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly but forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son — who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. — (C) Official Site

Steve’s Take

This is going to be a visual masterpiece. I can’t wait to grab this one for the entire family. I suggest you all do the same

Scott’s Take

Finding Nemo has finally come to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. This is going to look absolutely fantastic in 3D. I’ve been waiting a very long time for this one!

Up 3D

Up 3D-A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this computer-animated adventure scripted by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and co-directed by Peterson and Monsters, Inc. director Peter Docter. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn’t alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world’s second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Steve’s Take

See Finding Nemo.  Up is probably the best looking film I have ever seen on Blu. It also happens to be my favorite Pixar film of all time. I can’t wait to see the 3D conversion.  It’s going to look SILLY!

Scott’s Take

Another one that will look spectacular! Grab it now!

Catch Me If You Can

A gifted forger and confidence man attempts to stay one step ahead of the lawman determined to bring him to justice in this comedy-drama from Steven Spielberg, based on a true story. Frank W. Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a 16-year-old high school student who finds himself emotionally cut adrift when his mother, Paula (Nathalie Baye), leaves his father, Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken), after Frank Sr. falls into arrears with the Internal Revenue Service. One day at school, Frank Jr. attempts to pass himself off as a substitute teacher, and easily makes the subterfuge work. His small-scale success gives Frank some ideas, and he soon discovers bigger and more profitable ways of hoaxing others, passing himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor, and an attorney. Along the way, Frank learns how to become a master forger, and uses his talent and charm to pass over 2.5 million dollars in phony checks. Frank’s increasingly audacious work soon attracts the attention of Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), an FBI agent who is determined to put Frank behind bars. Frank seems to enjoy being pursued by Carl, and even goes so far as to call Carl on the phone to chat every once in a while. While posing as a doctor, Frank falls in love with Brenda Strong (Amy Adams), a sweet girl working as a candy striper. When Frank asks Brenda to marry him, he decides to assume a new identity to impress her father, Roger (Martin Sheen) — who happens to be the District Attorney of New Orleans, LA. Catch Me If You Can was based on the autobiography of the real Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who has a cameo in the film and today works on the side of the law as a top consultant on preventing forgery and designing secure checking systems. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Steve’s Take

Steven Spielberg’s thrilling tale of mastermind criminal Frank Abignale is finally being released on Blu-ray. Who out there doesn’t love Catch Me If You Can? It’s a definite must own. Classic!

Scott’s Take

This one is a damn classic if I’ve ever seen one! Do you concur? Ha! See what I did there? You did, didn’t you!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. This is the week that is going to cost the average movie geek a small fortune.  Obviously the elephant in the room is The Dark Knight Rises, but if you have a 3D television, how do you not grab Up and Finding Nemo in 3D.  This week is gonna hurt.  Next week we have Ted, The Bourne Legacy,Ice Age:Continental Drift, Dick Tracy, and The Joy Luck Club.  Have a great week everyone!
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