The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Editions – The Extended Editions arrive on Blu-Ray with improved sound and picture that diehards of the franchise will want to check out. The story of the trilogy follows Frodo and the Fellowship on a quest to destroy a ring – one ring that rules them all. It’s definitely the highest profile title of the week and I highly recommend checking out the Extended Editions on Blu-Ray. I should note that the trilogy is only sold as a trilogy, not individually.
Sucker Punch – Zach Snyder directs the sci-fi adventure that stars Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm and Vanessa Hudgens. The film is about a girl who is locked away in an asylum. Her only way to stay sane is to imagine an alternate world which will help her and some of her fellow inmates go free. The film was a box office disappointment, but it does have some very entertaining visuals and fantasy sequences (specifically the opening of the film), which are worth checking out. By no means is Sucker Punch a perfect film, but fans of Zach Snyder will want to see it.
Season of the Witch – Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this action-horror film that follows a warrior who has to escort a woman accused of being a witch to a monastery. It is easy to badmouth Nicolas Cage films, but films like Season of the Witch are why he is slumping at the box office as of late. It received some of the worst reviews of 2011, and is an early contender for worst film of the year.
Barney’s Version – Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman star in this film based on the book by Mordecai Richler that follows the life of Barney Panofsky through the best of times, and more often than not, the worst of times. Giamatti won a Golden Globe for his performance and he is the reason to see this film.
Beastly – Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star in this modern day version of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. It was a moderately successful film at the box office and is definitely a film that teenage girls will want to watch.
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