Friday, October 12, 2012

New In Theaters - October 12, 2012

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston & John Goodman
Directed by Ben Affleck for distribution by Warner Brothers

The Plot: Using a fake move as cover, a CIA extraction expert enters into Iran to rescue six Americans seeking refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador following the start of the Iranian hostage crisis.

The Final Word: Fundamentally “Argo” is a movie about a military operation that is so absurd in nature and over the top in execution that if it wasn’t based on actual events it probably would be getting a much chillier reception from audiences and critics. Yet it is based on actual events and as a result it is being taken seriously (and rightfully so).

Starring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek & Henry Winkler
Directed by Frank Coraci for distribution by Columbia (Sony)

The Plot: A teacher turns to mixed martial arts competition to raise money to save the arts program at his school.

The Final Word: Kevin James had a major hit with his CBS series “The King Of Queens,” since then he’s a had a fairly healthy run at the box office. Although James’ comedies seem to get over better with fans when he’s paired with a fellow comedian and here he’s shouldering the load mostly solo. “Boom” should do okay, but it won’t be to the levels frequent co-star Adam Sandler used to command early in his career.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson,
Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko &  Zeljko Ivanek
Directed by Martin McDonagh for distribution by CBS Films

The Plot: A struggling screenwriter gets entangled in a scheme to kidnap a gangster’s dog.

The Final Word: Read the plot line again and then tell me your expecting more out of this film than action and dark humor. CBS Films was designed to make small budget movies with big name casts and hopefully turn a profit; not sure how much of one this one will turn, no matter the pedigree of its cast and crew.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, 
James Ransone & Fred Dalton Thompson
 Directed by Scott Derrickson for distribution by Summit Entertainment

The Plot: A crime novelist and his family are plunged into a state of terror following his discovery of a box of mysterious and disturbing home movies.

The Final Word: It’s October and this is a horror film. You do the math! “Sinister” came out of nowhere and has slowly built up buzz which should translate into a solid return.