Up in the Air and Nine moved to wide release this week. Everyone loves Up in the Air while no one seems to like Nine.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Directed: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly
Synopsis: An interesting take on Sherlock Holmes where he not only solves crimes but is also quite adept at fighting.
My Take: Guy Ritchie is an interesting director for the film. I would have almost expected him to make it a modern-day re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes, but it just has some modern-day elements to it, along with a good cast.
RT Score: 69%
RT Consensus: Guy Ritchie’s directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
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The wide releases this week look pretty sad again. Year One is wasted potential and The Proposal is another formulaic romantic comedy. The only movie coming out this week that looks semi-interesting is the camp horror movie Dead Snow about nazi zombies. You can’t beat that!
Directed: Harold Ramis
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Hank Azaria
Synopsis: A hunter and a gatherer are kicked out of their tribe so they go out on an adventure.
My Take: It looks more amusing than funny, which makes me sad since I would expect more from the cast and director.
RT Score: 19%
RT Consensus: Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.
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I could argue that the movies this weekend are really for the women. Women love Hugh Jackman, especially when he’s Wolverine. Then there is the latest Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy. Is it just me or does he have a new one come out every six months? The remaining wide release movie is a kid’s movie that I had never heard of before this weekend, which isn’t a good sign. The limited releases has the directorial debut of Michael Keaton, the latest from Jim Jarmusch, a foreign drama and a haunted house.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Battle for Terra
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Directed: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan
Synopsis: Hugh Jackman is very muscular and half naked.
My Take: I only like Hugh Jackman when he’s Wolverine so I do want to see this one.
RT Score: 38%
RT Consensus: Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can’t help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and familiar narrative.
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Directed: Steven Brill
Starring: Owen Wilson, Leslie Mann, Danny McBride, Josh Peck, Troy Gentile
Synopsis: Three kids getting bullied at school hire a bodyguard to help them out.
My Take: Cashing in on the Judd Apatow name with something that doesn’t look as funny as Knocked Up or Superbad, but I did giggle a bit at some of the trailer.
RT Score: 24%
RT Consensus: Owen Wilson’s charms can’t save Drillbit Taylor, an unfunny, overly familiar bullied-teen comedy.
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