Welcome to another weekend movie guide. One week before Christmas and the studios are starting to get the big guns out. This week we return to a tripy 80’s film, Warner Brothers destroys a portion of my soul, and Will Farrells latest comes home. Tons of options this week so lets get going.
These are the movies released to theatres on December 17, 2010
How Do You Know Rated PG-13
Reese Witherspoon loves both Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson but she has to pick one guy. Jack Nicholson co-stars. The cast is excellent on paper. James L Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Spanglish, and The Simpsons TV show) both directed and wrote this. This may be a romantic comedy I would actually want to see.
Verdict – I will go willingly if the girlfriend asks me.
TRON Legacy Rated PG
A Son (Garrett Hedlund) gets sucked into a computer world and finds his estranged father (Jeff Bridges). Together they fight a computer program (a younger Jeff Bridges) who wants to kill them. I recently watched the original TRON It was ok. From what I have seen TRON Legacy should add what the original was missing; Emotion and effects that do not distract from the story.
Verdict – Lets go but I wonder if we will find females in the theatre.
Yogi Bear Rated PG
A documentary filmmaker (Anna Faris) travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear (voice of Dan Aykroyd) and his sidekick Boo-Boo (voice of Justin Timberlake). I am totally against this movie. Due to Alvin and the Chipmunks, studios are taking other cartoons and creating live action movies. It didn’t work with Rocky and Bullwinkle it wont work here.This is the only comedy whose trailer physically angers me. But let me state if this was a traditional animated movie I would not have a problem but it still wouldn’t look very good.
Verdict – If I am watching this movie that means hell has frozen over or somebody is trying to tarnish my reputation.
Limited released movies coming to the Lansing area
Black Swan Rated R
One Ballet Dancer (Natalie Portman) gets a prime role in Swan Lake and starts a very freaky relationship with her understudy (Mila Kunis). This will more then likely be a front-runner for tons of awards and get Portman an Oscar. Director Darren Aronofsky’s follow up to The Wrestler will toy with your mind but that’s ok, it’s got some hotties.
The Fighter Rated R
Irish Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is making a come back with the help of his crack-addicted brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). Based on a true story. Much like Black Swan this movie is getting award buzz. The two leads make mediocre movies good so I have high hopes that this boxing movie is the next Rocky.
Verdict – Although I grow weary of boxing movies both Marky Mark and Batman make me want to see this film.
Box Office Top 5 Movies in The Country
#1 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Rated PG
#2 - The Tourist Rated PG-13
#3 - Tangled Rated PG
#4 - Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 Rated PG-13
#5 - Unstoppable Rated PG-13
Surprised Narnia took the top spot but more surprised that Harry Potter droped down to 4. Disney vs Disney this week as TRON looks to be #1. I wonder what kind of havoc Yogi Bear will cause on the rest of the children’s fare in the box office.
Other Movies In Theatres
Now for fun on your couch
These movies were released on DVD the week of December 13, 2010
The Other Guys PG-13
Will Ferrell and Director Adam McKay (guys behind Anchorman) team up again for a buddy cop films. I was interested in this movie when it was in theatres but didn’t have a change to see it. I guess I will have time to catch it now.
The A Team Rated PG-13
I really wanted this movie to be fun but I haven’t heard anything positive. Might place on a Netflix que in 2014 but I make no promises.
Despicable Me Rated PG
My friend is constantly badgering me about seeing this movie. He is 28 and loves it. He says its one of the funnier movies he has seen in a long time. If a jaded 28 year old loves it, your kids feel three times the joy.
The Town Rated R
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this heist movie set in Boston. It was well received when it came out and is starting to get some awards for Jeremy Renner. I am not here for Renner but to see John Hamm do something other then Mad Men.
That’s it for this week. I think I need a nap.
Next week Jeff Bridges has another movie released where he tries to be John Wayne, Family Guy has another Star Wars episode released, and more Focker jokes. Now I am off to buy what ever is left in the stores for my family for Christmas