New in theatres this Friday are G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host and Tyler Perry’s Temptation.


gijoeG.I. Joe: Retaliation
Runtime: 110 min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis
Synopsis: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

The Buzz
Even if you liked the first G.I. Joe movie this has train wreck written all over it. Early screening didn’t do well since Channing Tatum’s screen time was very little to put it mildly. There is a huge changing of the guard as Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson step into a Saturday morning cartoon. (Yes, we watched in the afternoon after school, but you know what I mean.) This and Battleship should end Hasbro licensed films. Of course Transformers is still going strong so…


thehostThe Host
Runtime: 125 min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger
Synopsis: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

The Buzz
Sad that Twilight the filmed spectacle is over? Well he’s Stephanie Meyer’s new thing. Sounds a bit Invasion of the Body Snatchers doesn’t it, which is fine for all the teens who haven’t seen the other two movies. This would make for a great franchise if only there were more books. Not interested, then just thank your higher spiritual power that Meyer’s assault on vampires is over.


tptemptationTyler Perry’s Temptation
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Kim Kardashian
Synopsis: An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.

The Buzz
When did Tyler Perry stop being a person and start being a brand? Ya, a long time ago. At least Perry is actually directing it. Would anyone even care if the names Tyler Perry or Kim Kardasian weren’t swirling around this movie? Seem’s adding Perry’s name to the title is just a ploy to get Madea fans to show up to an otherwise formulaic movie.


Limited Releases

theplacebeyondthepinesThe Place Beyond the Pines
Runtime: 140 min
Genre(s): Crime, Drama
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook
Synopsis: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

The Buzz
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, motorcycle stunt rider bank robber, this movie sounds like it was made to be a silent film… or at least seen without any sound. While this could transcend the genre of pretty petty criminals just making a living the only way they can, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will pretty much be the sum of its part, but what pretty parts they are.


room237Room 237
Runtime: 102 min
Genre(s): Documentary
Director: Rodney Ascher
Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan
Synopsis: A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.

The Buzz
What is a subjective documentary? Paging Michael Moore! One might get the feeling that this is an analysis of Kubrick’s work by various conspiracy theorists, which might make Moore’s works positively objective. On the flip side can any film looking at the work of Kubrick be that bad? I hope to find out.


mentalMental
Runtime: 116 min
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, Rebecca Gibney
Synopsis: A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family’s life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband’s political ambitions and his infidelity.

The Buzz
Hey look, it’s another modern take on Mary Poppins. Does anyone know of any nanny who asks like this and doesn’t get taken away in handcuffs?


blancanievesBlancanieves
Runtime: 104 min
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Pablo Berger
Stars: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina
Synopsis: A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

The Buzz
Black & white, silent, Snow White as matador. Multiple award winner including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay in its native Spain. Remember that joke above about watching a film without sound, not so much of a joke here. This film is so stylized it almost hurts if it didn’t feel so good. Give it a chance and see it and remember the original audience had to read the dialog as well.


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New in theatres this Friday are G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host and Tyler Perry's Temptation. G.I. Joe: Retaliation Runtime: 110 min Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller Director: Jon M. Chu Stars: Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis Synopsis: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to...