New in Theaters – 1/18/13

17 Jan

The Last Stand

Sheriff Owens is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.

Scott’s Take

To be honest with you, I wasn’t anxious to see the Arnold back on the big screen. He just looks tired.  But my expectations for The Last Stand have increased.  I’m ready to see the old, kick ass, 80’s Arnold.  The Last Stand looks like the perfect vehicle for the former California governor to make a comeback.

Steve’s Take

I’m the opposite of Scott here. I have absolutely no desire to see Arnold on the big screen. Count me out.


Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. (c)Universal

Scott’s Take

The Guillermo del Toro produced Mama looks genuinely creepy.  Throw in the red-hot ( no pun intended) Jessica Chastain, and it looks like we could start off 2013 with a good horror film.  Could it be? Sign me up!

Steve’s Take
Another horror movie that looks like it has potential. My wife has already said no way, so I’m gonna have to tag along with Scotty for this one.

Broken City

An ex-cop-turned-private eye (Mark Wahlberg) is thrown headfirst into a hotbed of trouble after a mayor (Russell Crowe) hires him to look into his cheating wife. Book of Eli’s Allen Hughes directs from a script by Brian Tucker. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Everything about Broken City cries out “Meh”.  This looks like a direct to DVD movie we’d see starring Val Kilmer and Christian Slater.  Throw in the fact that this one currently sits at an awful 11% on Rotten Tomatoes and you have a recipe for disaster.  I’ll let you know when this one hits Redbox so you can save $11.

Steve’s Take

I’m going to keep it simple. No. Thank. You.

Next Week

That’s all we have for this week.  I’m heading out to see Arnold in The Last Stand and I will also check out Mama sometime this weekend.  Next week we have Jeremy Renner in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter, Movie 43, and Jason Statham in Parker. Have a great weekend everyone.

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One response to “New in Theaters – 1/18/13

  1. Rafael

    January 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I saw Broken City last night and came away with it feeling satisfied. Not memorable but at least entertaining. It’s always good to see Russell Crowe play a douche…


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