Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce,
Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green & Charlize Theron
Directed by Ridley Scott for distribution by 20th Century Fox
The Plot: A team of scientists head to a distant part of the world to explore what they believe are clues to the origins of the universe and come face to face with unspeakable terror.
The Final Word: Whether this is really a prequel to the Ridley Scott’s thriller “Aliens” or not remains to be seen, but you have to hand it to 20th Century Fox who have gone out of their way to make sure the movie stands on its own. Through a viral campaign on the level with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” audiences are already buzzing about this movie even though they have no real idea what it is about outside its vague logline. One thing’s certain though; if you’re going to see this movie, you have to see it in IMAX 3D.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
Starring (voices): Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith,
Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter,
Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short & Bryan Cranston
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon for distribution by DreamWorks
The Plot: Still trying to make their way home Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe take refuge with a European circus where they quickly reinvent themselves in their own unique style.
The Final Word: DreamWorks has always had a strong number of franchises in their stable and with “Shrek” retired, “Madagascar,” now becomes their longest running. Now the studio is taking the recognizable franchise back to theaters and back to the summer timeframe where the original debuted back in 2005. While it’s up against the big budget and highly buzzed about Prometheus, it’s also a kids movie and during the summer those do extremely well.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Kristen Bell,
Jenica Bergere, Jeff Garlin, Karan Soni, Lynn Shelton, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Directed by Colin Trevorrow for distribution by FilmDistrict
The Plot: A classified ad involving time travel intrigues three cynical Seattle reporters to reach out to the person who placed it, only to realize he may not be as crazy as he sounds.
The Final Word: Believe it or not this is based on an actual event, although while the ad itself was actually placed in “Backwoods Home Magazine” in 1997, the film’s plot is made up. While the person who placed this ad ("Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.") has since admitted it was a joke, the filmmakers decided to use it as a jumping off point for what could have been and so far it’s been very warmly received.