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Coming to Theaters 28 September

Coming to Theaters 28 September

Looper (Action, SciFi – R)
Man, Bruce Willis is a very busy man. I love him for it. This movie looks good, but it looks better with him in it. 😀

Hotel Transylvania (Animation, Comedy, Family – PG)
It’s Dracula and a hotel for things that go bump in the night AND it’s animated. You KNOW I’m there. 😛

Won’t Back Down (Drama – PG)
It’s the female Lean on Me. I save true stories for DVD.

Trouble With the Curve (Drama – PG-13)

Coming to Theaters 21 September

Coming to Theaters 21 September

Dredd (Action, SciFi, Thriller – R)
Hey, why not? I watched the remake of Schwarzenegger’s movie remake. Why not watch Stallone’s movie remake. Though I am a little peeved that he says “I’m the law” and not “I am the law.” It’s about emphasis. Also, using “I’m” makes it sound like he’s about to say, “I’m Batman.” 😛

End of Watch (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller – R)
Thank friggin’ GOD this movie is finally coming out. I’m a SICK of the stupid trailer. Yeesh. At least now I won’t have to see it again. And no, I have no plans to see this movie.

House at the End of the Street (Horror, Thriller – PG-13)
This is a candidate for movies that could have been shorter with a little common sense. The mother says, “I don’t want you two alone in THIS house.” The two horny teenagers go to his house instead. If that mom had been smart, she would have thought of that and said something like, “I would appreciate you two not doing anything but, if you’re going to do it, do it here so I know where you’re at.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Drama, Romance – PG-13)

Coming to Theaters 14 September

Just as a head’s up, I have been to the movies a few times in the past weeks but I just didn’t feel like writing movie reviews. I might phase them out of my blog routine along with the Movie-O-Meter in the sidebar. Or maybe it’s just because the summer movie season is winding down. We’ll see how my mood is after this weekend’s movies.

Coming to Theaters 14 September

Resident Evil: Retribution (Action, Horror, SciFi, Thriller – R)
I am THERE. Sure the third and fourth movies kind of sucked, but I’m willing to give them another chance because I love watching Milla Jovovich in action movies.

The Master (Drama – R)

Liberal Arts (Comedy, Drama)

Arbitrage (Drama, Thriller – R)

10 Years (Comedy, Drama, Romance – PG-13)

Coming to Theaters 07 September

Coming to Theaters 07 September

The Words (Drama, Romance – PG-13)
I’ll watch an interracial movie (usually no matter what the plot), but I’m so sick of seeing the trailer for this movie that I have no interest in it now. Maybe when it comes out on DVD.

The Cold Light of Day (Action, Thriller – PG-13)
I have not seen a trailer for this, but it has Bruce Willis (in yet another movie, man is he working hard) and Sigourney Weaver. That spells a recipe of win for me. If the hubby and I feel like we must go to the movies this weekend, it’ll probably be for this.

Bachelorette (Comedy – R)

Hello I Must Be Going (Comedy, Drama, Romance – R)

The Inbetweeners Movie (Comedy – R)

[Rec]3 Genesis (Horror, Thriller – R)

Coming to Theaters 31 August

Coming to Theaters 29 August

Lawless (Crime, Drama – R):
That’s okay. I can pass on the history of moonshining.

Coming to Theaters 31 August

The Possession (Horror, Thriller – PG13):
Well it’s getting close to October. Why not? I’ll pass.

Coming to Theaters 24 August

Coming to Theaters 24 August

Premium Rush (Action, Thriller – PG13):
A story of NYC bicycle couriers and their harrowing adventures avoiding mafia-types. This is one of those movies that would be a lot shorter if the guy had just handed over the package. Pass.

The Apparition (Horror, Thriller – PG13):
Oh good… Paranormal Activity meets Nightmare on Elm Street. PASS.

Hit and Run (Action, Comedy, Romance – R):
Ahhh… I think I saw all the funny parts in the trailer. That’s enough for me.

Coming to Theaters 17 August

Coming to Theaters 15 August

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy – PG):
While this movie looks very cute, I’m having flashbacks of Powder. Anyone who saw that movie pretty much already knows how this one will end. That’s a guess, but I don’t think it’s wrong. That said, I would rather cry in the comfort of my own home. So DVD movie.

Coming to Theaters 17 August

The Expendables 2 (Action, Adventure – R):
Three names: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis. Enough said. The first one may have been stupid as hell, but I am definitely going to see the second one. Who knows maybe they learned from their mistakes. 😛

Sparkle (Drama, Musical):
Oh good… another Motown dysfunctional story. That’s okay. Pass.

ParaNorman (Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror – PG):
Another kid horror movie. I love this genre because it eases kids into the horror genre without freaking them out too bad. It’s almost like a gateway drug. 😛

Coming to Theaters 10 August

Coming to Theaters 10 August



The Bourne Legacy (Action, Adventure, Thriller – PG13):
I enjoyed the first two Bourne movies. I missed the third one. I plan to go back and rewatch them all before I go see this one. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye from Avengers) looks fantastic. Plus I love super soldier movies.

The Campaign (Comedy – PG13):
This doesn’t have a rating… yet. I’m not a Will Ferrell fan, so I don’t care what it’s rated. I don’t plan to see it. He’s only been in a handful of movies that I liked. I can tell from the trailer this won’t be counted amongst that number.

Hope Springs (Comedy, Drama – PG13):
This looks amazingly cute. I want to see it on DVD.

Coming to Theaters 03 August

Coming to Theaters 03 August

Total Recall (SciFi, Action, Adventure, Thriller – R):
This is the remake/reboot of Totall Recall from 1990. I’m TOTALLY looking forward to seeing this movie. If anything, this remake looks like it’ll be better than the original. Just one thing… they have to have Kuato or else it’s not a true remake.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Comedy, Family – PG):
I didn’t see the first one, I don’t plan to see this one. They do look funny though.

Coming to Theaters 27 July

Coming to Theaters 27 July

The Watch (SciFi, Comedy – R):
This is a no for me. I’m not a fan of Ben Stiller. Besides that, the plot looks goofy.

Step Up Revolution (Drama, Music, Romance – PG-13):
If I could just watch the dancing and skip the drama, I would LOVE that. I’m still out on whether I want to see this movie. It looks like the dancing would be amazing. But I don’t want that to be ruined by the plot.

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Release: 20 July 2012
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Comic, Action, Adventure
Length: 164 min.
Rating: PG-13

Basic Premise:
8yrs have passed since Batman was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Bruce Wayne is a recluse no one has seen in all that time and the Batman is nothing more than a legend… until an attack on Gotham brings him back into the fight. Bane has come as Gotham’s reckoning and not even the Dark Knight will stand in his way.

Personal Note:
It saddens my heart to start this review on a tragic note, but I wouldn’t feel right writing this review without stating my condolences to those people and their families caught in the Aurora, CO shooting. That was a tragedy that should have never happened. It is my dearest hope that no one will feel the need to copycat this act.

Review:
Christopher Nolan wrapped up is trilogy beautifully. And yes, this is a TRILOGY. I would highly recommend seeing the first two movies before going to see this one. The Dark Knight Rises heavily references both those movies. Someone who hasn’t seen them will be lost on some major points.

Though Nolan did tweak some things about the Batman universe, any fan of the comics (or even the animated series) will not find any surprises in this movie. That’s pretty much all I can say without giving away the toy surprise.

I loved Bane’s characterization in this movie. MUCH BETTER — one hundred times better — than the oh-so-tragic Batman And Robin Bane. I shake my head every time I think about that travesty. Anne Hathaway made a great Selena Kyle/Catwoman. She did a wonderful job and I found her costume clever with her goggles mimicking cat ears. Christian Bale still sounded dopey with that raspy voice he puts on for Batman, but oh well. You get over it.

This movie is a DRAMA above anything else. It’s not wall-to-wall action like Avengers or Spider-Man. The characters actually spend large chunks of time talking to one another without stuff blowing up or people getting in fights. You’ll see more Bruce Wayne than Batman. For that reason, kids might find the movie not as entertaining as an adult would.

Of the three movies, I enjoyed The Dark Knight (the second one) more. My hubby liked this one more. I think I was enamored of the psychological darkness of the second one. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this movie. It was very good and I plan to do a marathon of all three movies when the third one comes out on DVD.

My favorite part of the movie was Batman’s motorcycle. I’m wondering how long it’ll take before someone creates a bike like that. My least favorite part was the background music. It’s a great soundtrack. I just wish it hadn’t drowned out the actors speaking. I missed chunks of dialog thanks to the dramatic music. I also missed some stuff because of Bane’s voice/mouthpiece made it hard to understand him. I’m sure part of that might have been movie acoustics, so he’ll sound better on DVD… maybe. If not, there are always subtitles.

Coming to Theaters 20 July

Coming to Theaters 20 July

Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller – PG-13):
The end of the Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is upon us. Of course I’m going to see it. I enjoyed the first two movies. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Batman next.

Shut Up and Play the Hits (Documentary, Music):
Another musical documentary I don’t plan to see.

Coming to Theaters 13 July

Coming to Theaters 13 July

Ice Age: Continental Drift (Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Family – PG):
I’ve only seen the first two of these movies. I’m not really that interested in seeing this one… in theaters. Though it is great of them to retell Homer’s The Odyssey for kids.

Easy Money (Crime, Drama, Thriller – R):
This is looks very dramatic. Maybe I’ll give this one a try when it comes out on DVD.

Red Lights (Drama, Horror, Thriller – R):
I only mention this one because it has Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver. I think I’ll reserve this one for a Netflix night once it’s available there. It looks very interesting. Maybe even a mind warp movie.

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man

Release: 03 July 2012
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans
Director: Marc Webb
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Length: 136 min.
Rating: PG-13

Basic Premise:
Peter Parker was just an ordinary kid just trying to survive high school until he started investigating the disappearance of his parents. One spider bite later, he has extraordinary powers and the will to use them.

Review:
First and foremost…

THIS IS A REBOOT!

Forget Spider-Mans 1-3 directed by Sam Raimi featuring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. This film is in NO WAY connected to those. This is a complete and total reboot back to the beginning of the Spider-Man myth, using the plot from The Amazing Spider-Man comics.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way… This movie was wonderful. I love, LOVE Marvel movies. Ever since Marvel broke away from Sony Pictures, their movies have gotten SOOOO much better and this is a PRIME example of that. Compare this movie to the Spider-Man put out in 2002 and you will see a HUGE difference for the better.

And I do have to say, for those like me who were dreading it, Uncle Ben (and no one else) said that oh-so-famous and over-played line. Got close but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. So go to this film and relax in the knowledge that the dreaded line won’t be said.

Also go to this movie because it was great. Andrew Garfield plays a Peter Parker that is a totally believable teenager. He’s not a super student who can do no wrong. He has flaws and he acts like any other teenager trying to make it through high school without getting his ass kicked… much.

Yes this is another origin story movie, but it goes quick. You don’t have to wait long for Peter Parker to get his powers and start web-slinging around town.

Parents, if you took your kids to the other Marvel movies, then you shouldn’t have issues taking them to this one.

Movie Review: Magic Magic

Magic Mike

Release: 29 June 2012
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Length: 110 min.
Rating: R

Basic Premise:
Magic Mike is the stage name of a man working towards a dream. He hopes to one day own his own business creating custom furniture. Until that day comes, he’s doing odd jobs during the day and stripping at night while dealing with all that life throws at him.

Review:
Magic Mike is for Channing Tatum the way 8 Mile was for Eminem — fictional portrayals of events in their pasts. Tatum was a stripper at one time. His moves in this movie made good use of those talents. The man is a very talented dancer as well as a good actor.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It’s a slice of life look at three months of a stripper’s life and all the mayhem he endures while trying to live life. As a friend said, this movie has wonderful eye candy but it also has a plot and decent character development.

I’m definitely getting the DVD just for the extras, because I know there have to be extended dance scenes. There just has to be. *eg*

While Tatum was a magnificent dancer, Joe Manganiello was pretty stiff (no pun intended). Not the stiffest — that’s reserved for Tarzan — but still not that great. Matthew McConaughey was wonderful in his role and even got to bring along his bongos. And Alex Pettyfer is showing great range because I totally forgot he was the kid from I am Number Four while watching this movie.

The ladies will enjoy the revue and possibly the plot. I enjoyed both and look forward to watching the DVD over and over and over and over again.

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