Still stuffed from the entire Thanksgiving feast. Good thing I can run off all the extra food in a movie theater this weekend. This week an 80’s revival that I want to see, a family film from the same guy who did Cape Fear (1991), and a Barbarian on DVD.
These are the movies that were released on Wednesday November 23rd, 2011
Hugo – Rated PG
This is an adaptation of the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret directed by Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Taxi Driver basically very violent movies). An orphan on the street encounters an eccentric girl and a toy maker (Ben Kingsley). Fantastic adventures follow and I think there is a robot in there somewhere. This is a children’s film in the same vain as Pan’s Labyrinth is a children’s film. I expect filmmaking and storytelling that will transcend genres. It’s also in 3D so I hope to catch this in the theater.
Verdict – Mart Scorsese does a children’s film? I expect great things but am not sure I can see this in the theaters due to the next movie.
The Muppets – Rated PG
Sweet Sassy Molassy THE MUPPETS ARE BACK! This is the first Muppet movie since 1996’s Muppet Treasure Island. I love the Muppets as they are going back to basics. Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshal TV’s How I Met Your Mother) and Amy Adams help Walter, a new Muppet, save the old Muppet theater from being sold to a business man (Chris Cooper) who wants to destroy the building. There are new and old songs so everyone should be happy. They are deliberately trying to get old fans back and create new fans in today’s kids.
Verdict – Of course I am seeing this A.S.A.P. I have been a fan of all things Jim Henson since I was a kid.
Arthur Christmas – Rated PG
Santa Claus’s son Arthur tries to deliver a present that was looked over. The voice cast includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Billy Highy and Andy Serkis. Nothing like a good old fashion Christmas movie to get you into the holiday spirit. While I do not think this will be an instant classic, Arthur Christmas as the potential to be a nice family film.
Verdict – I would watch this on Christmas Eve just so I do not get too cynical and sarcastic.
Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
1. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – Rated PG-13
2. Happy Feet 2 – Rated PG
3. Immortals (2011) – Rated R
4. Jack And Jill – Rated PG
5. Puss in Boots (2011) – Rated PG
Really did you expect any less? Twilight brings in the bucks. We only have one more film to go before all the 13 year old girls out there will need to find another movie franchise to swoon over. I am ashamed any one went and saw Jack and Jill. However it is not making the kind of money that Don’t Mess With The Zohan made so there is hope.
Still In Theatres
50/50 – Rated R, In Time – PG-13, Footloose (2011) – Rated PG-13, J.Edgar– Rated R, Like Crazy – Rated PG-13, Martha Marcy May Marlene – Rated R, Moneyball – Rated PG-13, Tower Heist – Rated PG-13, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – Rated R
These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday, November, 22nd, 2011
Super 8 – Rated PG-13
J.J. Abrams secret monster movie comes home. I have heard good things but was underwhelmed by the monster when this was initially released. Seems like a good time to check this out.
Conan The Barbarian – Rated R
This didn’t look good enough to see in theaters but on DVD I will check it out. Reminds me of Prince of Persia and I enjoyed that. Probably due to seeing it for free.
Spy Kids: All The Time In The World – Rated PG
Critics were not kind to this 4th Spy Kids film while it made an O.K. total of $78 Million at the box office. That tells me that kids enjoyed it enough which is all that a movie like this really needs.
Next week a classic 80’s TV show gets destroyed for a new generation, we find out how much it sucks being a pizza delivery guy, and WHAT! I am not confident there will be any new movies in theaters?!?! I will be rolling back in forth in the corner, crying, until I uncover the truth.
Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com