Saturday, August 13, 2011

New In Theaters - August 19th, 2011

Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan,
Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman & Leo Howard
Directed by Marcus Nispel for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot: A warrior (Momoa) seeks revenge following a brutal attack on his village.

The Final Word: Aside from HBO, no other studio is probably as excited about the success of “Game of Thrones” as Lionsgate. Jason Momoa, who became a breakout star on the series, fronts this re-imagined remake of the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger 80’s film. Momoa’s newfound fanbase paired with the nostalgia factor just could make this flick a late summer surprise; if the logjam of 3D movies that weekend doesn’t destroy it.

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse,
David Tennant, Imogen Poots & Toni Collette
Directed by Craig Gillespie for distribution by DreamWorks

The Plot: A high-school senior (Yelchin) becomes convinced his new next-door neighbor (Farrell) is actually a vampire who is preying on his neighborhood.

The Final Word: While Colin Farrell hasn’t exactly fallen off the grid over the last few years, he also hasn’t been as prevalent as he once was in Cineplex’s. You actually have to go back 2008 to find the last time the charismatic actor truly headlined a movie. Now the Colin Farrell reunion tour looks to continue as the actor stars in his second summer movie ahead of next summer’s “Total Recall” remake. DreamWorks looks to be hoping to capitalize off the same audience that made the company’s 2007’s “Distrubia” a big hit and putting a star like Farrell opposite a younger rising star like Yelchin could do the trick; again only if it is done in by a 3D heavy weekend.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson,
Ken Stott, Romola Garai & Rafe Spall
Directed by Lone Scherfig for distribution by Focus Features

The Plot: The two-decade long story of two friends (Hathaway, Sturgess) who meet on the night of their high-school graduation and then the anniversary of that night for the next twenty years.

The Final Word: While both actors have had mainstream success, both have even stronger luck with these types of art-house movies. Focus has to be expecting those types of returns also since they slated this move in the middle of what has quickly turned into a 3D warzone weekend.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, 
Mason Cook,Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo,
 Alexa Vega & Daryl Sabara
Directed by Robert Rodriguez for distribution by Dimension Films

The Plot: The family of a retired spy (Alba) are thrown into the world of espionage when a villain (Piven) threatens to take over the world.

The Final Word: It makes sense that Jessica Alba would take this role on given her young daughter (and second child on the way). Although I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what lured Jeremy Piven and Joel McHale to this pic. It just seems odd both guys would jump into a movie that is bringing back “aroma-vision.”

Previewed: next week: Columbiana, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Our Idiot Brother