Conan the Barbarian
Rated: R
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Marcus Nispel
Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman
Studio: Lionsgate
Number of discs: 3

 

Official Blurb:
A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

The Buzz:
The makers of the new film said they were going back to pulp source and not making a remake of the ’80s Schwarzenegger movies. Most critics didn’t seem to agree and thought it was a bad remake. Momoa coming off a favourable run on HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t shine. This seems like a guilty pleasure that many might have skipped at the box office to pick up for home viewing. Probably not a classic.


The Devil’s Double
Rated: R
Genre(s): Drama, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Suspense
Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaïssa
Studio: Lions Gate
Number of discs: 1

 

Official Blurb:
Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein, a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince’s psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence.

The Buzz:
Most reviewers felt the film came across as shallow with a touch of Orientalism. Most had hoped for more from a “true” story of Iraq’s version of Scarface, but a strong performance for Dominic Cooper who plays double roles seems to have won over many critics. Not for the faint of heart.


Sarah’s Key
Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Art House, Drama
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Niels Arestrup
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Number of discs: 1

 

Official Blurb:
Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel d’Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Julia learns that the apartment she and her husband Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers – especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive – the more she uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself.

The Buzz:
Generally well received tale of an unhappy reporter uncovering the tale of a holocaust survivor. Yes, the parallel tale of a middle-aged woman dealing with her marital breakdown and that of a girl surviving the extermination of her race doesn’t seem to have the same weight, but performances by both actresses rises above the somewhat pedestrian plot.


Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Rated: PG
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Kids, Family, Mystery, Suspense, Comedy
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo, Antonio Banderas, Ricky Gervais, Jeremy Piven
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Number of discs: 4

 

Official Blurb:
Marissa’s, a retired secret agent, world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.

The Buzz:
The fourth movie in the Spy Kids franchise and first in over 8 years doesn’t live up to its predecessors. All the old stars have left the franchise and the writing is formulaic. Time Rodriguez put this series to bed and maybe looked at doing another Sin City movie.


Super 8
Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Director: J.J. Abrams
Actors: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Number of discs: 2

 

Official Blurb:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

The Buzz:
In a small town a ship crashes and strangeness ensues. Some have called this the best Spielberg movie not directed by Spielberg and an homage to the pre-blockbuster ’70s popcorn movies. Has the look and emotional depth of a ’70s movie with the self-awareness of a modern movie.

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Conan the Barbarian Rated: R Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy Director: Marcus Nispel Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman Studio: Lionsgate Number of discs: 3   Official Blurb: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is...