The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. — (C) Lionsgate
One of the more underrated films of 2012. Karl Urban’s take on Judge Dredd effectively erased that bad taste in our mouthes by one Mr. Sylvester Stallone. It’s loud, violent and loads of fun!
I think that because it has the title of Dredd, this one wasn’t given a fair shake. It is odd that second is better than the first, but here is a prime example of it. Enjoy it.
From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. — (C) Disney
Tim Burton is back to form with Frankenweenie. I felt that Frankenweenie didn’t get the love it deserved at the box office, but I have to think this tale of a boy and his resurrected dog catches on with people on Blu-Ray. Cult classic?
I don’t know about Cult Classic, but ANYTHING made by Disney should be given a chance. I will be checking this one out with my son hoping that it catches on as something to give Daddy more time to work on his website.
House at the End of the Street
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. — (C) Relativity
If you are like me and missed your chance to see Jennifer Lawrence run around in a tight white tank top, now is your chance. I’m not going to go out and buy House at the End of the Street, but I will definitely give it a look-see once it hits Redbox or Netflix.
Scotty had me at tight white tank top. I’m in on this one THIS WEEK.
Hit and Run
Hit and Run is a comedy about a young couple (Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard) that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past (Bradley Cooper), a federal marshal (Tom Arnold) and a band of misfits. — (C) Open Road
Nothing about the Hit and Run trailer persuaded me that it was worth a look in the theaters. Like all movies, I will give it a chance now that it is on Blu-ray, but I’m not a big fan of Dax Shepard. To me, anytime he is on-screen, he sucks the life out of a movie. Not much of a ringing endorsement, but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised. Probably not!
I hate when an actor is involved in such a great movie and a clunker all in the same year. This is a prime example with Bradley Cooper and Silver Linings Playbook and this bad boy. Stay away.
That’s all we have for this week. The big winners here are Dredd 3D and Frankenweenie. Next week Liam Neeson has a certain set of skills in Taken 2, Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, Woody Allen’s latest To Rome With Love and a little girl gets possessed by a Jewish wooden box in The Possession. Have a great week everyone.