At first glance, I thought Zoe Saldana in The Losers was Thandie Newton. Zoe seems to be playing the same kind of role Thandie has played in stylish action pictures, but without the British accent. As for the limited releases, isn’t Ryan Reynolds tired of playing superhero characters? He will be in both Deadpool and Green Lantern soon, but now he’s playing a grown man’s imaginary superhero friend.
The Back-Up Plan
The Back-up Plan
Directed: Alan Poul
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Danneel Harris, Eric Christian Olsen, Noureen DeWulf, Anthony Anderson, Melissa McCarthy
Synopsis: A woman decides to get pregnant on her own when she can’t find the right guy. Of course, as soon as she gets pregnant, she meets the right guy, but he doesn’t know she’s pregnant.
My Take: Not sure how someone that looks like Alex O’Loughlin would still be single by the time she runs into him.
RT Score: 20%
RT Consensus: Jennifer Lopez is as appealing as ever, but The Back-Up Plan smothers its star with unrelatable characters and a predictable plot.
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I guess when Hollywood doesn’t want to remake a movie, they can still borrow plot lines from other ones and call it a different name. Both Sorority Row and I Can Do Bad All By Myself seem to have the same plots as other movies, and not very good ones either. Sad.
Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Directed: Shane Acker
Starring: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly
Synopsis: Little creatures that were brought to life before all humans were made extinct must fight for their own lives from machines that want them dead.
My Take: The animation looks awesome, but it is something that can be saved for cable.
RT Score: 55%
RT Consensus: Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker’s attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film’s universe.
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It is a very low key week for movies. I have heard more about Frost/Nixson than I have about either of the wide release movies. Frost/Nixon is also a Certified Fresh movie too.
Punisher: War Zone
Directed: Darnell Martin
Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer
Synopsis: Shares the story of the rise of Chess Records in the 1950s and 60s with artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James.
My Take: The music sounds good, but it didn’t make the story sound all that interesting. I could listen to Beyonce sing “At Last” over and over again though.
RT Score: 65%
RT Consensus: What Cadillac Records may lack in originality, it more than makes up for in strong performances and soul-stirring music.
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The wide releases contain something for anyone that doesn’t feel like laughing. No comedies are premiering this week. There is a Middle Eastern thrill from Ridley Scott; a futuristic movie dealing with people living underground, but their generator is about to go out; a feel good sports movie; and a horror movie involving a rare strain of rabies infecting people. The Duchess which was released in limited release a few weeks ago moved into wide release. There is a Certified Fresh movie in the Limited Releases. It is the latest movie from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake).
Body of Lies
City of Ember
Directed: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Johnathon Schaech, Columbus Short
Synopsis: A news reporter shows a fire department as they go out on a routine call to check on an elderly lady, but it turns out to be some kind of rabies infection. They are quarantined in the apartment building and no one will admit to what is happening inside, saying everyone has been evacuated and are safe.
My Take: Even though I skeptical about any current horror movies, this one looks like it has some actual scary parts to it, even if it might be predictable.
RT Score: 70%
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