Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Why is my first thought always that he got eaten by the cat?"

The big movies in theaters this weekend are: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Secret World of Arrietty and This Means War.

This Means War is about the world's two most deadlist CIA operatives who also happen to be best friends. When they discover that they are both dating the same women, they go to war against each other to win her heart. This movie stars Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler, Rosemary Harris and Angela Bassett.

Based on the children's novel, The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty is about a family of little people who live under to floorboards of a suburban home. In order to survive, they borrow simple items from the family living in the house. Their lives become endangered when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered by the housekeeper. This animated film was originally made in Japan, but for the U.S. version has been voiced by: Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, David Henrie, Moises Arias and Carol Burnett.

Nicholas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze aka the Ghost Rider in the sequel, Spirit of Vengeance. While hiding out in Eastern Europe, he joins forces with a group of rebel monks in order to save a young boy from the devil. Saving the boy could also save Blaze from his own curse as the devil's bounty hunter. Along with Cage, this movie also stars Idris Elba, Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Johnny Whitworth, Jacek Koman and Ciaran Hinds.

While The Borrowers was one of my favorite books growing up, I probably will not be seeing The Secret World of Arrietty in theaters. However, of the three films, it has been getting the best reviews. I also have no desire to see the new Ghost Rider. This Means War has not been getting great reviews, but it looks funny and was recommended to me by a friend who saw a preview of it this week, so I will probably give it a chance. If none of these movies appeal to you, I would suggest spending your time catching up on the Academy Award nominated films that you have not yet seen.

Also in limited release this weekend are: Undefeated, Thin Ice, Bullhead, Michael, On The Ice and Circus Columbia.