Saturday, February 19, 2011

New In Theaters - February 25th, 2011

Starring: Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, Amber Heard, Billy Burke & Katy Mixon
 Directed by Patrick Lussier for distribution by Summit Entertainment

The Plot: After his daughter is murdered and his infant granddaughter is kidnapped, a hardened felon named Milton (Cage) breaks out of “Hell” to seek revenge on those responsible with the aid of sexy street-smart waitress (Heard) also out to settle a score.

The Final Word: I’ve always been of the opinion that the studios are obnoxiously and blatantly cramming 3D down the public’s throat just to turn a small profit. In the end, they will probably kill their golden goose, but until then we are stuck with it. Although the only time I’m ever okay with 3D for 3D sake is when movies likes “Drive Angry 3D” are released. While most times the studios try to spin a scenario to prove that 3D is warranted, in this case Summit has come right out and said they know it’s over the top, but that’s the appeal. Nobody goes to see this type of movie for the plot, they go to see it for the action and the special effects. If a distributor is upfront and honest about the way 3D is being used, I’m fine with it; it’s just the unnecessary usage that needs to end.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, 
Richard Jenkins & Christina Applegate
Directed by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly for distribution by New Line (WB)

The Plot: Two best friends (Wilson & Sudeikis) becoming restless with the married life are given a one week “Hall Pass” from their wives (Fischer & Applegate) where they can do whatever they want without consequence.

The Final Word: Believe it or not you have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last movie the Farrely Brothers directed. Now the men responsible for such films as “There’s Something About Mary” and “Shallow Hal” are coming back with a clever take on the buddy comedy and a strong cast of comedic actors attached.

Previewed next week: The Adjustment Bureau, Beastly, Rango, Take Me Home Tonight