Saturday, February 18, 2012

New In Theaters - February 24, 2012

Starring: Active Duty Navy SEALS
Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle & Nester Serrano
Directed by "Mouse" McCoy & Scott Waugh for distribution by Relativity Media

The Plot: A Navy SEAL team dispatched to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative ends up discovering a potentially devastating terrorist plot in the process.

The Final Word: Inspired by actual events and (billed as) starring actual active duty Navy SEALs this action film is getting heavy promotion from distributor Relativity. The plan worked well for the studio last year when it used the Super Bowl to launch Bradley Cooper’s “Limitless,” but that type of luck may not strike twice, as four of Relativity’s other low budget projects with lesser known names bombed miserably in 2011. The jury is still out on this one...

Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman,
Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Ken Marino,
 Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney-Silver & Alan Alda
Directed by David Wain for distribution by Universal Pictures

The Plot: Following being laid off from his job, an uptight New Yorker and his equally set in her ways wife find themselves living on a commune.

The Final Word: Forget the plot, in a lot of circles this has long been known simply as the movie when Jennifer Aniston fully embraces nudity in film. Honestly with that moniker attached, it may not make a difference what the movie is about or if it’s even funny.

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter,
Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan & Michael Pare
Directed by Heitor Dhalia for distribution by Summit Entertainment

The Plot: Following her sister’s abduction, a woman seeks out the serial killer who targeted her two years prior; convinced this is his method of payback for her escaping his grasp.

The Final Word: Amanda Seyfried has quickly jumped out of the shadows and into leading lady territory, but this seems awfully similar to a number of Katie Holmes’ failed dramas from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that were supposed to be her big break out. The difference is that Seyfried has already successfully opened a movie (“Dear John”) on her name alone, but this one seems forced.

Starring: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn
Jamie Kennedy,Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, 
Beverly Johnson, Phylicia Rashad & Gabrielle Union
Directed by Tyler Perry for distribution by Lionsgate

The Plot: On the verge of getting married, a wealthy man with strong morels starts to develop feeling a single mother while helping her get back on her feet.

The Final Word: Tyler Perry films do very well no matter what! That’s pretty much all that needs to be said.