The Twilight Saga: New Moon – This release actually does not come out until Friday, but it is the big release of the week. Continuing where the first film left off, Bella and Edward are still dating, but when Bella is almost attacked by a member of Edward’s family, he fears that harm will come to Bella, so he and his family decide to move away, never to see Bella again. This does not sit well with Bella, and she becomes better friends with Jacob, and starts behaving recklessly. Her reckless stunts almost get her killed, and her near death experiences turn out to be a mistake because Edward believes that she is actually dead. This leads to a race against time for one of them to save the other. To find out more, you’ll have to read the book, or watch the DVD.
The Princess and The Frog – Disney returned to 2-D animation, and it proved to be moderately successful hit at the box office this winter. The story follows a girl in New Orleans, who kisses a frog. A talking frog no less. Unfortunately, when the kiss happens, the girl also becomes a frog. Featuring songs from Randy Newman (two of which were Oscar nominated), critics loved the film saying it was a return to the glory days of Disney’s animation successes in the early 90’s.
Ninja Assassin – From the people who brought you V for Vendetta, comes the tale of a ninja who turns his back on the clan who raised him, which leads to a lot of conflict. I will be the first to admit that the trailer for this film look very entertaining, but I do get the feeling that the film will not be as action-packed as the trailer. Audiences did not flock to Ninja Assassin when it was released this past winter. Expect to see a lot of CGI blood in the film.
Astro Boy – A scientist decides to make a robot boy after his young son dies. The robot becomes Astro Boy, and he becomes a super hero in Metro City. Unfortunately father and robot have a falling out, but they will have to reconcile in time to stop aliens from destroying Metro City, and eventually the entire planet. Another winter release that failed to set the box office on fire.
Bandslam – Believe it or not, this might be one of the most acclaimed films of the week. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka (if you watch the Disney channel, you will know who both of them are), in a film about a ragtag group of teenagers who form a band, and realize that they are good enough to be in a battle of the bands. Interestingly enough, this is not a Disney film, and I have a feeling that if Disney had marketed and promoted it, the film would have had a lot better run in theatres then the dismal box office that it had in the summer.
Broken Embraces – Director Pedro Almodovar reunites with his muse Penelope Cruz in this highly acclaimed film about a writer/director who tries to deal with how he lost his sight, and more importantly, the fact that he killed the woman he loved 14 years earlier. The man creates an alternate life for himself, and pretends that the woman is still alive. Almodovar films are not for everyone, but they are usually like nothing you have watched before.
The Fourth Kind – Government conspiracies, alien abductions, and things that go bump in the night make-up this thriller that stars Milla Jovovich. The trailer was intriguing as it had “real” footage played by “non-actors”, and then the Hollywood version of the actual events. Unfortunately the film did not live up to the promise of the trailer, and this film was essentially ignored at the box office.
Armored – This film has a decent cast that features Lawrence Fishburne, Jean Reno and Matt Dillon as armored truck drivers who end up pulling a heist on one of their own vehicles. The problem is, the rookie of the crew gets in the way and prevents it from happening smoothly. The film turns into a stand-off with the rookie locked up inside the truck, and the veterans desperately trying to get him out of the truck, so they can collect their money.
Did You Hear About The Morgans? – The trailer sums up this film as it stars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker as a fighting married couple who are put into the Witness Protection Program when they witness a murder. Neither one can stand the other, which is supposed to lead to hilarity, but critics found it dull and boring.
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South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season – I have not watched all of this season, but it contains some truly great episodes, including the season finale “Pee”, Cartman singing Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, and of course a song about “fish that are gay”, appropriately called “Gay Fish”. I’m a big fan of the series, so this is a must-have.
Monk: The Complete Eighth Season – This is actually the final season of the acclaimed TV show starring Tony Shalhoub. The final season references a lot of past shows, by having characters return once last time to help Monk solve cases.
Until Next Tuesday!