Posts Tagged ‘weekend preview’

Weekend Preview: Mirrors are Killing Folks Again

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview!  Check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do, we can only help so much.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

OculusRT (72%)Trailer

Mirrors came and went quickly in 2008 because, well, it looked insufferable.  With a surprising amount of praise, I have to wonder scary this Oculus actually is.  My first impression was that it looked straight-to-DVD worthy considering the sources (Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios).  So maybe unknown writer Jeff Howard and director Mike Flanagan give us something more than just creepy children whispering and drawn out jump scares set to unrealistic sound effects.  I just know there won’t be an ending here; alas, it’s another franchise in the making.

Rio 2RT (46%)Trailer

Take what worked in the first one, and do it again, but with more voice actors – kids love a good will.i.am reading.

Draft DayRT (55%)Trailer

Kevin Costner is said to be working on a western trilogy, that’s just great if you ask me.  Did you see Open Range?  The man knows how to tell a good story; so he must be taking it easy in Draft Day, which looks to be a real snooze fest for anyone who isn’t a sports buff.

Limited Releases: Cuban Fury, Joe

TV Notables:

Hannibal (Friday, NBC) – Now that Game of Thrones is back, I can’t call Hannibal “the best show on TV right now”. It’s a close second or maybe a tie – it’s that darn good I swear.  I like to turn off the lights, get out the candles and fall into this creepy fantastic world.  I will be sad to see it go if people don’t start watching it.

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC) – Seth Rogen hosts with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest.  I expect a few surprise guests; I’m talking to you Zac Efron.

Game of Thrones (Sunday, HBO) – With a spectaculr set up premier episode last week, we should expect big things from an episode written by George R. R. Martin, the king himself.

BONUS:

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Weekend Preview: Once Again, GAME OF THRONES Takes Over the Internet and Your Life

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be up on Monday, catch up on all the comics here.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

Captain America: The Winter SoldierRT (92%)Trailer

I tried to make a winter pun for the title of this post for a few minutes before realizing GoT deserved better.  The reviews are in for Captain America and people love it, saying it’s the best Marvel movie to date too!  I don’t know if it can get better than Iron Man 3, but good on them for trying.  It seems Marvel has found a way to tell a good story and pull off great action all while having smug characters deliver funny lines; the way super hero movies should be if you ask me.  Maybe not Batman so much, he should brood as much as possible.

Limited Releases: Under the Skin, Frankie & Alice, Dom Hemingway

TV Notables:

Hannibal (Friday, NBC) – Kevin and I were texting like little girls last week, gushing about this show.  It’s the best looking show on TV is on takeaway from that conversation; another is that not enough people watch it yet and it deserves so much attention.  It’s not just the look, it’s the great writing and cast.  I wouldn’t change a thing about this show, I trust they know what they are doing every week and that’s rare.

WrestleMania (Sunday, PPV) – You know you’re old when you watched WrestleMania VI, and now they’re up to XXX.  Good for them, and tanning studios.

Shameless (Sunday, Showtime) – The other great show on TV is becoming more and more popular each season, and rightfully so.  These episodes this season are full of non-stop holy sh*t moments and hilarity.  It’s the season finale, enjoy.

Game of Thrones (Sunday, HBO) – Season 4 of the fantasy series begins; the unforgiven brutality has definitely changed how people watch the series (and TV in general) – don’t have favorite characters is one point of advice.  Ryan is caught up on the books and says a lot of “crazy things” should happen this season if they use the material.  What say you Mother of Dragons?

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Weekend Preview: The Reboot of Evan Almighty is Here

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be up on Monday, catch up on all the comics here.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

Noah - RT (76%)Trailer

Can the story of Noah survive in this cynical 21st century?  Yes it can.  With fantastic visuals and awesome actors like Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Ray Winstone.  Not to mention a visionary like Darren Aronofky behind it all.  If you’re not one for Bible stories, just remember all the other movies you may have seen and enjoyed that had a thread of disbelief in them.  Go in with that attitude and you’ll enjoy it.

Sabotage - RT (21%)Trailer

Does Arnold have the acting ability to pull off a dark and gritty movie?  Maybe not, but I assume his fans are going in to see some guns get used.  As you were.

The Raid 2 - RT (75%)Trailer

For people looking for crazy choreographed action, look no further than the sequel to the film that set that bar way above the standard.  It made Ong-bak look like The Power Rangers; now that’s hyperbole!

Bad WordsRT (64%)Trailer

Bad Words is expanding even more this weekend so try and find a theater showing the movie, it looks pretty awesome.  The last movie I saw Bateman in was Identity Thief, and that was insufferable, so this should take him off my shit list.

Cesar Chavez - RT (39%)Trailer

It’s a passion project and a history lesson all-in-one, definitely the counter viewing this weekend.

TV Notables:

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC) – Louis C.K. is hosting again, enough said:

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Weekend Preview: Hungry for More of the Same?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be up on Monday, catch up on all the comics here.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

DivergentRT (27%)Trailer

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand why there isn’t more pointing the finger at Divergent for being incredibly unoriginal in almost every way.  The generic dystopian sci-fi genre has yet another story of a young girl who rebels against tradition and authority; she will of course do this while staring at a hot guy who helps her along the way.

In Divergent everyone gets divided into groups (you could call them districts if you want), each with a different specialty (like Hogwarts Houses if you want) and you get sorted (by a hat if you want).  Here comes the shots of your crumbling city and poor family, and now it’s training time.  Instead of trying on different clothes in a montage, for these young adult movies it’s training.

Divergent isn’t the first unoriginal movie in this franchise-hungry age where young adult books are being turned into movies weekly.  The Hunger Games is a rip-off of Battle Royale, Mortal Instruments is a rip-off of Twilight which in turn is a lot like Buffy or Sookie Stackhouse; this isn’t a new trend.  Divergent didn’t even try to distinguish itself is my biggest complaint.  The fact is there should be better movies out there – more original, and less pandering to the lowest common denominator.  There are a lot of girls looking to this movie as some form of win because there’s a heroine involved unlike the other 95% of male leading and audience aimed dreck that comes out each year.  This shouldn’t be the best it can get for you, so just say no.

Beautiful Creatures, The Host, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Vampire Academy, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Young adult books to movies that all failed to capture significant success.  The idea behind a lot of these movies is that you’re special; and if you’re different you’re really special.  That’s good advice Divergent.

Muppets Most WantedRT (76%)Trailer

You can’t go wrong with Ricky Gervais hanging out with The Muppets, you just can’t.  The celebrity cameos for the most part should hold the parents steady as the kids sing and bounce to the catchy music.  I only ask that when they are rounding up cameos that P. Diddy isn’t on the list for the family movie.

Bad WordsRT (66%)Trailer

Bad Words is expanding this week so try and find a theater showing the movie, it looks pretty awesome.  The last movie I saw Bateman in was Identity Thief, and that was insufferable, so this should take him off my shit list.

Weekend Preview: So Many Traffic Violations

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
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Never trust mechanics with clean white t-shirts.

Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.

Need For SpeedRT (22%)Trailer

I love to hear critics talk about this movies plot or lack thereof; like anyone this movie is actually aimed at is going to protest the ludicrous action scenes or the thin story.  You’re either along for the ride or not, choose wisely.

Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms ClubRT (NA%)Trailer

Get the wine out it’s a Tyler Perry movie!  Do you know how you can tell if it’s a Tyler Perry movie or not?  Me neither.  I wish there was a way to tell.

Limited Releases:

Veronica Mars – Will open the film in the United States theatrically and online on March 14th.  Check out our contest here!

Bad Words – The funny looking Jason Bateman directed/starring movie opens in limited release and will expand next week. [Trailer]

Weekend Preview: “No doubt about it, every dog should have a boy!”

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!  Kevin said he was running behind, so I guess he doesn’t like his thumbs…

300: Rise of an Empire - RT (48%)Trailer

Better response to this flick than I thought there would be; it still looks like something I would not enjoy – as much as I didn’t enjoy 300.  Eva Green is in it though, so I’m torn; she hasn’t had a real hit since Casino Royale and then she was just for decoration.  I hope she kills some people this time around.

Mr. Peabody & ShermanRT (72%)Trailer

The best part of the The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is hitting the big screen!  I’m so glad this wasn’t a hybrid of live-action and animation like The Smurfs and Chipmunks.  It doesn’t seem to have dumbed down on the educational points we are used to with Peabody & Sherman either, so you’re going to learn too!  Wait no come back…

Weekend Preview: Give the Oscar to Christian Bale’s Potbelly

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!

Non-StopRT (58%)Trailer

Is it any surprise that the final act of this film is being deemed a fail?  They rushed to get Liam Neeson in another beginning of the year action movie and forgot about writing a solid final 30 pages on the script.  I’ll watch it anyways because if I don’t he will find me, and kill me.

Son of GodRT (24%)Trailer

I have never heard of this movie until now; I’m not sure why they didn’t push this out until closer to Easter, but that’s why I don’t wear a suit and they get paid the big bucks for big ideas.

TV Notables:

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC) -  Jim Parsons hosts with musical guest Beck,  I will be watching just to be reminded of Jimmy Fallon’s impression of Parsons.

The Oscars (Sunday, ABC) – Check out Bree’s Oscar checklist of things to do for this Sunday’s big night.  I will be live posting updates of winners live with outrage and hopefully some joy (go Martin!).  I made my predictions which you can see here, I will post the results after the show; again these are predictions, not hopefuls – otherwise I would have just written “Wolf of Wall Street Wins Everything” across the sheet.

BONUS!  Speaking of The Wolf of Wall Street, the star and director, along with Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter, join THR’s Stephen Galloway for an in-depth look at their awards contender. The Oscar-winning helmer shares the advice that he got from Steven Spielberg and DiCaprio opens up about playing one Wall Street’s biggest players Jordan Belfort, watch it now below:

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Weekend Preview: THE LEGO MOVIE is Worth Your Time and Money

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!

3 Days To KillRT (20%)Trailer

McG likes directing “funny” action movies; you have your Charlie’s Angels movies and This Means War, all were painful to watch.  Kevin Costner deserves better, but looks to be having a lot of fun with his female lead in the movie Amber Heard (pictured above as Lady Gaga).  Here’s hoping there are few genuine laughs when he’s torturing people.

PompeiiRT (33%)Trailer

Kit Harris’ first starring role since Game of Thrones fame looks to be a snooze fest.  I can’t handle these loud 3D CGI soapy messes where the men are shirtless and the women are helpless.  Jared Harris hopefully plays a jerk, he’s great at that.

Weekend Preview: Dead or Alive, ROBOCOP is Here to Save Your Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!

RobocopRT (49%) – Trailer

The ’80s remake that doesn’t look as terrible as many thought, how’s that for a tagline?  Calling the original Robocop a classic and defending it like it’s one of your kids never made sense to me; that movie was good in a terrible way, much like this remake…but with Michael Keaton.

Winter’s TaleRT (5%) – Trailer

Not a good weekend for this release, people don’t want to think about winter right now.  I’m positive this will be a bomb even with its budget at $46 million.  Sorry Colin Farrell, you deserve much better.

Endless LoveRT (31%) – Trailer

I had never heard of this movie until today and it looks like a dozen other bad movies that came before it.  Pass.

About Last NightRT (86%) – Trailer

Kevin Hart will have another movie hear the top of the box office, that’s a lot of screaming.

Weekend Preview: The Kenex Movie Will Need Some Really Big Pieces To Work Now

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do.  The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!

The Lego MovieRT (98%) – Trailer

Here comes that rare early-in-the-year release that’s sure to be a winner.  The critics and audiences are talking, and they say this movie is just dandy.  Movies based on toys and board games don’t always do so well (Battleship), so here’s hoping that Lego keeps its good name intact.

The Monuments MenRT (36%) – Trailer

George Clooney is trying once more to grab a seat in that director chair and not fall over, he’s done it before mind you with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, and Good Luck.  He’s also given us Leatherheads, so swings and roundabouts.  The movie is getting a lukewarm reception, I’m not really sure why; it has a cast that God would put together and a true story to hit home.  Booker and Dan reunite too!

Vampire AcademyRT (n/a %) – Trailer

It’s first installment of a hopeful franchise of Mean Girls meets Twilight meets X-Men.  Not screened for critics before its release and oh yeah, it looks terrible.