New movies this week: Safe House, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Vow and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace [3D].


Safe House
Rating: R
Runtime: 115 min
Genre(s): Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

The Buzz
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.  OK, it’s a paint by numbers spy movie.  Yes, Denzil and Ryan phone in their performances. But it’s Denzil being bad and that never gets old.


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Rating: PG
Runtime: 94 min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Luis Guzmán

The Buzz
Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.  Oh Dwayne Johnson, is it really that hard to get parts in good movies?  Lets stop putting The Rock in kids movies and lets stop making bad kids movies, OK.


The Vow
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 104 min
Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Director: Michael Sucsy
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

The Buzz
A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.  Either you will get over the pedestrian story and plot holes and find it touching and eye misting experience, or you will just wish you had watched The Notebook again.


Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace [3D re-release] Rating: PG
Runtime: 136 min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: George Lucas
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

The Buzz
Two Jedi Knights uncover a wider conflict when they are sent as emissaries to the blockaded planet Naboo.  In case you don’t know my feelings on Mr. Lucas’ magnum opus I’ll ask you to have a quick look.  Now, lets re-release the weakest Star Wars movie… in 3D… for no good reason.  Why George do you feel the need to squeeze all the joy out of my childhood?  That Star Wars TV show better be BSG remake badass or… or… McCallum gets it!  I’m serious! No, really.

Limited Release

Rampart
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 min
Genre(s): Crime, Drama
Director: Oren Moverman
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Bernthal

The Buzz
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.  Woody Harrelson’s awesome performance carries a movie that really should move on its own.  Check it out if you like dirty cop movies or want to see Harrelson flex his acting chops.


Perfect Sense
Rating: NR
Runtime: 92 min
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen, Stephen Dillane

The Buzz
A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. Sounds like Children of Men, but less apocalyptic and would that be more or less touchy feelly. Seriously, Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as on-screen couple… I hope there’s a spot on the DVD shelf for an unrated director’s cut, if you know what I mean.

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New movies this week: Safe House, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Vow and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace . Safe House Rating: R Runtime: 115 min Genre(s): Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga The Buzz A young CIA agent is tasked with looking...