Put the Kraken back in its hole because Clash of the Titans is getting horrible reviews. Even though the original was campy, this one isn’t any fun or campy. Also, the 3D is supposed to be horrible so if you are going to see it, it is probably best in 2D. In the sappy territory, Miley Cyrus stars in the latest Nicholas Sparks’ dreck. The other wide release movie is the latest from Tyler Perry. He’s another person that keeps making the same movie over and over again.
Clash of the Titans
The Last Song
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?
Clash of the Titans
Directed: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Mads Mikkelsen, Sam Worthington, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton
Synopsis: Remake of the cheese-tastic movie where the gods are fighting and a man born from one of them is in the middle of it.
My Take: I was looking forward to this remake since I thought the story with better special effects would just be better, but apparently it is boring and sad.
RT Score: 30%
RT Consensus: An obviously affectionate remake of the 1981 original, Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans doesn’t offer enough visual thrills to offset the deficiencies of its script.
Continue reading “Movies Opening April 2″
It is a pretty sad week for major releases. None of them look interesting to me. The only movie that is released during this week that I’d really want to see is Mother, which would have been my pick at the recent Portland International Film Festival.
She’s Out of My League
Our Family Wedding
Directed: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Khalid Abdalla, Amy Ryan
Synopsis: An Army inspector in Baghdad in the early days of the war searches for weapons of mass destruction.
My Take: It’s from the director of the Jason Bourne movies so it has similar action, but lacks all the cool spy story stuff. End result equals boring.
RT Score: 54%
RT Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films — but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.
Continue reading “Movies Opening March 12″
The Martin Scorsese movie was pushed back from a prime spot in the Fall last year to the dumping grounds of early Winter of this year. I’m not sure why the movie distributors don’t like it. Roman Pokanski’s film might not make as much as it could with his name back in the bad spotlight while everyone remembers why he has been hiding himself in exile for decades.
Directed: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Max von Sydow
Synopsis: Two detectives go to a hospital for the criminally insane to find out how a patient disappeared from her locked room.
My Take: It was supposed to come out last year, but was pushed back for really no good reason. I’ve been wanting to see it since the first time I saw the trailer months and months ago.
RT Score: 66%
RT Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese’s best work, but Shutter Island‘s gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.
Continue reading “Movies Opening February 19″
More sad excuses for romantic comedies come out this weekend, along with the hope for the next Harry Potter-type franchise and a remake that didn’t need to be made.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief
Directed: Gary Marshall
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner
Synopsis: About a million people star in it and I’m guessing it is about love, but it was too busy showing who was in it to share the plot.
My Take: There wasn’t anything appealing about it in the trailer.
RT Score: 16%
RT Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine’s Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Continue reading “Movies Opening February 12″
None of the wide releases seem super interesting this week. There is a WWII war movie that has the most potential. There is also some stupid thriller, mushy older people love story, and marriage-on-the-rocks fable that only having faith God can save. The limited releases don’t look much better. There are tons of documentaries and only Choke seems interesting to me this week.
Miracle at St. Anna
Directed: Spike Lee
Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller
Synopsis: During World War II, an all-black unit gets separated from the other troops in Tuscany, Italy. They must fend for themselves and risk their lives to save an Italian boy.
My Take: It seems like an interesting story that just happens to be set during a World War.
RT Score: 27%
RT Consensus: Miracle at St. Anna is a well-intentioned but overlong, disjointed affair that hits few of the right notes.
Continue reading “Movies Released September 26″
Directed: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine
Synopsis: Heath Ledger is super creepy as the Joker and Maggie Gyllenhaal has thankfully taken the role abandoned by Katie Holmes.
My Take: I can’t wait to see it. I loved the first one. Christian Bale is sexy and it looks super dark and awesome.
RT Score: 94%
RT Consensus: Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga. Continue reading “Movies Opening July 18″
Directed: J. Peter Robinson
Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, David Suchet, Keeley Hawes
Synopsis: Based on a true story in 1970s London where a robbery of bank safety deposit boxes is more than just about money, but also scandalous secrets.
My Take: I have a soft spot for heist movies so I want to see it.
RT Score: 76%
RT Consensus: Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.
Continue reading “Movies Opening Mar 7″