Thursday, April 26, 2012

"What pirates? Nobody here but us girl scouts!"

The big movies that are coming out this weekend are: Safe, The Raven, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and The Five-Year Engagement.

The Five-Year Engagement begins where most romantic comedies end: when characters Violet and Tom get engaged. The movie then follows them through all of the ups and downs of their engagement over the next five years. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt plays Tom and Violet and the rest of the cast includes Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, David Paymer, Jacki Weaver, Jim Piddock, Lauren Weedman and Mimi Kennedy.

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Pirate Captain and his crew set out to defeat their enemies, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, in a competition for Pirate of the Year. This animated feature is voiced by: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imdela Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Ashley Jensen and Al Roker.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"How can you explain something that you can't even understand yourself?"

This weekend, the big movies being released are: The Lucky One, Think Like A Man and Chimpanzee.

Chimpanzee is this year's Disney Nature documentary. It is about Oscar, a 3 year old chimpanzee that gets seperated from his family and adopted by a full-grown male. As they have done the past few years, Disney is releasing this film for Earth Day and part of opening weekend proceeds will be donated to conservation efforts. For every ticket purchased Friday through Sunday, 20 cents will go to the Jane Goodall Institute.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Summer Movie Preview 2012

It's that time of year again! I have received my favorite issue of Entertainment Weekly! Their Summer Movie Preview has arrived and it just makes me excited for all the fun movies that come out this time of year. It also means that my favorite season is just around the corner. So here it is, my list of movies that I am most excited about coming out in the next few months.
4   - The Avengers (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo)
     - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy)
18 - Battleship (Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker)
     - Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett)

If it gets good reviews, I may also see Dark Shadows (5/11) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (5/18).

Monday, April 16, 2012

"I'm drawing a line in the fucking sand. Do not read the Latin!"

Since I cannot say too much about The Cabin in the Woods without spoiling the movie, I have decided to combine this post with my overdue review of The Hunger Games.

I usually stay away from horror films at all costs. I do not like being scared and, while I can usually deal with the gore, I am more likely to close my eyes than watch someone's throat being slit or guts cut out of them. It is for this reason that I was initially hesitant to see The Cabin in the Woods. However, knowing that it was written by Joss Whedon and hearing all the great reviews it was getting, I figured I had to give it a try. I am happy to report that it was totally worth it and that this movie was fantastic!

To simplify the plot, and without giving anything away, this movie is about five friends who go into the woods to spend the weekend at one of their cousin's cabins. Unfortunately, things do not end up the way they planned. The acting was great, especially from Fran Kranz, Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins, and the writing was exactly what you would expect from Whedon. It was clever, yes, scary in certain parts, but also extremely funny. To quote director, Drew Goddard you go "from high drama to high comedy, from horror to sadness to silliness. And often in the same scene."

If you plan to see this movie, and I highly recommend that you do, I would see it in theaters, if only to avoid any spoilers that might come out and ruin it if you wait too long.

And now, my long awaited opinion of The Hunger Games :o)

Even though I swore I would not go see The Hunger Games opening weekend, I did anyway. After reading all my friends' posts on Facebook and Twitter about the film, I decided I could not wait and ended up seeing it on Sunday morning of that weekend. My initial reaction to the movie was that I really enjoyed it. I left the theater satisfied and looking forward to the next installment. However, after thinking about it some more and talking it over with friends who had also seen it, I realized that I did have some issues.

There are a few spoilers, so if you have not yet seen the movie, proceed with caution.....

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Something sent those things here to get us!"

The big movies that are out in theaters this weekend are: Lockout, The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods.

The Cabin in the Woods is about five friends who go to a cabin in the middle of the woods and very bad things begin to happen to them. Very little has been revealed about the plot of this movie and from what I have heard, the less you know going into it the better. It was written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, directed by Goddard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Kristen Connolly, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker, Tom Lenk and Richard Jenkins.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets."

The movies that are being released this weekend are American Reunion and the re-release of Titanic in 3D.

American Reunion brings us the American Pie characters from over ten years ago back to East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. Jim, Oz, Kevin, Finch and the rest of their friends reunite and reconnect over one long weekend. The returning cast includes: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Thomas Nichols, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Natasha Lyonne, Shannon Elizabeth, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler's Mom.

If you do not know what Titanic is about, then I just really do not know what to say.

I will tell you that I saw this movie in high school when it first came out with three of my friends. We held hands the entire movie and bawled our eyes out, even after the movie was over. Standing in line for the bathroom still crying one woman said to us, "It's *just* a movie!" Luckily, thanks to our one male friend that joined us, we had plenty of tissues which he continuously distributed to us throughout the film. Considering all those memories, it is safe to say that I will not be seeing this movie again in theaters, if only to save myself the embarrassment of crying that hard again in public :o)

In limited release this weekend is: Take Me Home, ATM, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, We The Party, Keyhole, The Hunter, We Have A Pope and Damsels in Distress.