RSS

New Release Blu – 12/18/12 and 12/21/12

17 Dec

Pitch Perfect – 12/18/12

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’m going on record by saying I wanted nothing to do with Pitch Perfect.  I’m not a fan of the Glee crowd.  I’m just not big on musicals.  However, everyone I’ve talked to say Pitch Perfect is not only worth seeing, but it is fantastic.  I’m not ready to go that route, but this movie has earned my attention. Redbox time.

Steve’s Take

No, thank you. This might be something my wife will want to see, so I’m going down the same path as Scott on this one – to the Redbox machine we go!

Total Recall – 12/18/12

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

Although I was never an advocate of a Total Recall remake, I was surprised how much I enjoyed the trailers.  I had a couple of chances to see the new Arnoldless version, but my schedule could never quite sync with the screening times. Total Recall has been lambasted by film critics but I am going to judge for myself.  I’m in.  You had me at Jessica Biel.

Steve’s Take

This is two for two with me and Scotty this week. If Jessica Biel is in it then Steve is seeing it. Give it a shot at the Redbox.

Trouble With the Curve – 12/18/12

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. — (C) Warner Bros.

Scott’s Take

Aside for Hereafter, Clint Eastwood doesn’t make bad movies.  I know he didn’t direct this, but he alone is worth the price of admission.  Throw in the fact I love baseball and the scouting process, and Trouble With the Curve is on my must see list.

Steve’s Take

Oh man, three for three! You all know I’m a big baseball guy and will usually watch anything to do with baseball. Hell, I even watched Summer Catch!

10 Years – 12/18/12

In this ensemble comedy, 10 Years follows a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up. Channing Tatum plays Jake, who is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and ready to propose-until he runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in years. Jake’s friend Cully (Chris Pratt) married his cheerleader girlfriend (Ari Graynor), and has been looking forward to the reunion so he can finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J (Max Minghella) spend the night picking up right where they left off, vying to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins). The famous one of the group, Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is now a rock star, but is still too shy to talk to his high school crush (Kate Mara.)– (C) Official

Scott’s Take

The trailer doesn’t look terrible, but when Channing Tatum won People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012, it basically guaranteed that my wife will make me watch 10 years.

Steve’s Take

I wanted to take the wife to check this one out in theaters, but it just didn’t happen. I guess this one makes 4 for 4? Yes, sir.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – 12/18/12

During his summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Scott’s Take

For younglings only.

Steve’s Take

I’m not into this series at all.

Premium Rush – 12/21/12

Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

While Premium Rush sounds ridiculous in concept, the reviews have been pretty favorable.  While a movie about a bike messenger getting himself in to some hit water may seem antiquated, my bet is Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make this one well worth watching.

Steve’s Take

I was up and down on Premium Rush. I wanted to see it and then I didn’t and then I was back in again. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and check it out. 6 for 6.

Resident Evil:Retribution – 12/21/12

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

I have seen 3 or 4 of the Resident Evil movies and I have hated every single one.  I refuse to go down this road again.  If you like these movies, you know what you are getting.  I don’t, so I will not subject myself to such nonsense.

Steve’s Take

I’ve never liked the movies, but the video games are pretty intense. Yes, I’m 31 – don’t judge me. 7 for 7.

Killer Joe – 12/21/12

When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has to come up with six-thousand dollars quick, or he’s dead. Desperate, he goes to the trailer-park to see his father, Ansel (Hayden Church), and he lays out the plan. Chris’s mother, who everyone hates, has a life insurance policy that would clear up his debt and make them all rich. The problem is that Chris’ mother is very much alive. Enter Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper, a hired hit man with the manners of a Southern gentleman, who will do the job – for an upfront fee, that Chris and Ansel can’t pay. Just as Joe is about to leave, he spots Dottie (Temple), Chris’ innocent younger sister. Joe makes Chris an offer, he’ll keep Dottie as sexual collateral until the money is collected and his fee can be paid. — (C) Voltage Pictures

Scott’s Take

Killer Joe is the one movie this week that I will watch before all the others.  Its controversial and has been getting rave reviews not only for the acting, but for its dark subject matter.  This is the movie of the week for me.  I only wish it was playing somewhere close to me upon its initial release in theaters.

Steve’s Take

I’m all in on Killer Joe, but not the week before Christmas! Give this one a watch this week and let me know how it is so I know what I’m getting into next week! 8 for 8.

Arbitage – 12/21/12

When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has to come up with six-thousand dollars quick, or he’s dead. Desperate, he goes to the trailer-park to see his father, Ansel (Hayden Church), and he lays out the plan. Chris’s mother, who everyone hates, has a life insurance policy that would clear up his debt and make them all rich. The problem is that Chris’ mother is very much alive. Enter Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper, a hired hit man with the manners of a Southern gentleman, who will do the job – for an upfront fee, that Chris and Ansel can’t pay. Just as Joe is about to leave, he spots Dottie (Temple), Chris’ innocent younger sister. Joe makes Chris an offer, he’ll keep Dottie as sexual collateral until the money is collected and his fee can be paid. — (C) Voltage Pictures

Scott’s Take

Another movie that has cleaned house as far as the critics are concerned. Richard Gere is a real dark horse for Best Actor in this years Oscar race.  After Killer Joe, Arbitage is next on my “must see” list.

Steve’s Take

The trailer had me at “you wanna be the richest man in the cemetery? I’m in. 9 for 9. That’s perfection people. Rare.

Next Week

We obviously have a big week this week with studios throwing out releases on a Tuesday and on Friday.  Pitch Perfect,Killer Joe and Arbitage are the best of the bunch as far as critical acclaim go.  Total Recall and Trouble With the Curve if you want a little star power. Next week we only have one film releasing, The Words with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.  Have a great week everyone!
Advertisements
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comment away!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: