New in Theaters – 12/19/12 and 12/21/12

18 Dec

Monsters, Inc. 3D – 12/18/12

After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug’s Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters with its fourth feature. Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman) and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are employed by Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory. It seems that the denizens of their realm thrive on the screams of kids spooked by monsters lurking under their beds and in their closets. It’s the job of Sully, Mike, and their co-workers, including sarcastic Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi), crab-like CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn), and lovely snake-headed receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly) to keep the frights flowing. When Sully and Mike are followed back into the monster world by a very unafraid little human girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs), they are exiled to her universe, where they discover that such a modern-day mythological specimen as the Abominable Snowman is a fellow refugee. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Great fun for the younglings who have yet to experience one of Pixar’s finest. Monsters,Inc is a great movie, in 3D no less.  Can’t wait.

Steve’s Take

What a great movie! Think about how it is going to look in 3D! Still not sure that I’m ready to take my 15 month old son to the movie theater, but what better movie than this? He will blend in if he cries, no? Ah, maybe next time!

The Guilt Trip – 12/18/12

An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.

Scott’s Take

I have the feeling that The Guilt Trip is going to get lost in the shuffle this holiday season. The trailer doesn’t look that funny and i recently had 2 passes to give away for a private screening and no one had ever heard of the film.  Do I have to throw in the part of the story where I ended up not giving the passes away because no one wanted them? Sign of things to come?

Steve’s Take

This movie looks awful. Why is he doing a movie with Streisand? Ugh.

This is 40 – 12/21/12

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

If Judd Apatow makes it, Scott goes to see it.  Simple rule.  Does he have the occasional misfire? Absolutely.  But more often than not, if it has the name Apatow attached as director, it’s pretty damn funny.

Steve’s Take

This is 40 looks great. I first saw the trailer several months ago and immediately knew that I would be seeing it. See you in line!

Jack Reacher – 12/21/12

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter-a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right-and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning-and then beat him shot for shot. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Tom Cruise takes his share of abuse in the tabloids, but is there a bigger movie star on the planet? I don’t think so.  While Jack Reacher looks conventional, it looks pretty darn entertaining.  I will be seeing this on my vacation.

Steve’s Take

I’ve been hearing about this one for a long time now. I have several co-workers that have read the book and they loved it. One in particular loved the book, but doesn’t believe that Tom Cruise should have been the one chosen for this role. Apparently, Reacher is a rather intimidating fellow. We shall see. I will be checking it out – will you?

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we have the much-anticipated latest effort from Quentin Tarantino with Django Unchained. The J is silent.  The 107th version of Les Miserables and Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal. Have a great weekend everyone.


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