New in theaters/on DVD 8-24-12

August 24th, 2012 at 7:04 am by under Entertainment

Four new movies in West Michigan theaters this weekend, but its unlikely that any will beat “The Expendables 2″ for the number one spot at the weekend box office…
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New in theaters (Friday 8/24): “Hit & Run” (released Wednesday 8/22), “Premium Rush”, “The Apparition” (limited), “2016: Obama’s America” (limited)
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(video version from this week’s EightWest segment 8-24-12)
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(video version from my last EightWest segment 7-27-12)
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  “Hit and Run”

Plot: Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie’s former gang chase them on the road.
Rated: R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content
Genre: Action/Comedy/Romance
Stars: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth
Director/Writer: David Palmer, Dax Shepard
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
More info: opened Wednesday 8/22
Release: Wide – all theaters
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  “Premium Rush

Plot: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Rated: PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language
Genre: Action/Thriller
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
Director: David Koepp
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
More info: click here for my review of “Premium Rush” (6.5/10)
Release: Wide – all theaters

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 “The Apparition

Plot: A couple are haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.
Rated: PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill
Directors: Todd Lincoln
Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes
More info: –
Release: Limited – only 810 theaters nationally – playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown in West Michigan

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  “2016: Obama’s America

Plot: A documentary that examines the question, “If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”
Rated: PG  for thematic elements, brief language and smoking images
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Dinesh D’Souza, John Sullivan
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
More info: Based on a New York Times Bestseller about President Barack Obama, by Dinesh D’Souza.
Release: Limited – 1,090 theaters nationally - playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, AMC Star Grand Rapids, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo in West Michigan

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Moving to $4.00 Woodland Mall this week :
“Magic Mike”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Ruby Sparks”
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Playing in limited release in Grand Rapids market:
“The Apparition” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown
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“2016: Obama’s America” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, AMC Star Grand Rapids, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo
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“Trishna” playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids) through August 30th
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“First Position” playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids) through August 30th
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My Picks for watching in theaters or at home
In Theaters:  “Total Recall” (2012) (7.5/10)
Rentals: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005) (9.0/10)
Click here for previous “My Picks”
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Next Week in theaters (Friday 8/31): “Lawless” (Wednesday 8/29), “The Oogieloves” (Wednesday 8/29), “The Possession”, “Celeste and Jesse Forever” (limited), “Branded” (limited), “The Queen of Versailles” (limited)

New this week on DVD (Tuesday 8/14): “Bernie”, “Chimpanzee”, “The Dictator”, “Virginia” (7.0/10) (filmed in West Michigan-limited release), “Freelancers” (limited), “Weekend” (limited) “One in the Chamber” (straight-to-video), “A Separation” (foreign)(Oscar Winner)
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Next week on DVD (Tuesday 8/28): “Battleship”, “Darling Companion”, ”The Lucky One”, “Pirates! Band of Misfits” (7.0/10), “Think Like a Man”, “Apartment 143″ (limited), “Citizen Gangster” (limited), “Headhunters” (limited),
“L!fe Happens” (limited), “Lovely Molly” (limited), “Monsieur Lazhar” (limited), “The Moth Diaries” (limited), “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” (straight-to-video)
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RUNNING LIST OF MY MOVIE REVIEWS – PLAYING IN THEATERS OR AVAILABLE TO RENT/BUY:

Playing at West Michigan movie theaters:
“The Avengers” (9.5/10)
“Dark Knight Rises” (9.0)
“Moonrise Kingdom” (8.5)
“Brave” (8.5/10)
“Total Recall” (2012) (7.5/10)
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (6.5)
“Premium Rush” (6.5/10)
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Coming soon to DVD:
“Virginia” (7.0/10) – August 21, 2012
“Touchback” (7.0/10) – September 4, 2012
“Snow White and the Huntsman” (7.0/10)
“Pirates! Band of Misfits” (7.0/10)
“TUG” (6.0/10) ** (filmed in West Michigan) – no date yet

Available to rent or buy:
“Slumdog Millionaire” (9.5/ 10)
“500 Days of Summer” (9.5 / 10)
“The Artist” (9.5/10)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (9.5 / 10)
“The Dark Knight” (9.5 / 10)
“Inception” (9.5 / 10)
“Changeling” (9.5 / 10)
“Like Dandelion Dust” (9.5 / 10)
“Moneyball” (9.0/10)
“Drive” (9.0)
“The King’s Speech” (9.0 /10)
“WALL-E” (9.0 / 10)
“District 9″ (9.0 / 10)
“Tom McPhee’s An American Opera” (9.0 / 10)
“Precious” (9.0/ 10)
“Pride and Glory” (9.0 / 10)
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“The Hurt Locker” (8.9/ 10)
“Avatar” (8.9 / 10)
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (8.9/10)
“Up In The Air” (8.9 / 10)
“Moon” (8.9/ 10)
“The Wrestler” (8.9 / 10)
“The Help” (8.9/10)
“Righteous Kill” (8.9 / 10)
“Star Trek” (8.5 / 10)
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (8.5/10)
“Take Shelter” (8.5/10)
“The Ides of March” (8.5/10)
“Shutter Island” (8.5 / 10)
“Midnight in Paris” (8.5/10)
“Super 8″ (8.5/10)
“The Descendants” (8.5/10)
“Paranormal Activity” (8.5 / 10)
“Eagle Eye” (8.5 / 10)
“Burn After Reading” (8.5 / 10)
“The Answer Man” (8.5 / 10)
“X-Men: First Class” (8.5/10)
“50/50″ (8.5/10)
“Big Fan” (8.5/ 10)
“Iron Man” (8.0/10)
“The Town” (8.0/10)
“Puss in Boots” (8.0/10)
“The Hangover” (8.0 / 10)
“The Social Network” (8.0/ 10)
“Hugo” (8.0/10)
“Wanted” (8.0 / 10)
“Kung Fu Panda 2″  (8.0/10)
“Contagion” (8.0/10)
“Lincoln Lawyer” (8.0/10)
“Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” (2009-Swedish) (8.0/10)
“Tron Legacy” (8.0/10)
“Defiance” (8.0 / 10)
“I Love You, Man” (8.0/ 10)
“The Proposal” (8.0 /10)
“Dinner for Schmucks” (8.0/10)
“City Island” (8.0 / 10)
“State of Play” (8.0 / 10)
“The Visitor” (8.0 / 10)
“A Christmas Carol” (8.0 / 10)
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” (8.0 / 10)
“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″ (8.0/ 10)
(“Peter and Vandy” (WFF Alum))
“Everything Must Go” (8.0/10)
“John Carter” (8.0/10)
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(“Dare” (WFF Alum))
(“Women in Trouble” (WFF Alum))
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (7.9/10)
“Thor” (7.9/10)
“Australia” (7.9 / 10)
“Frozen River” (7.9 / 10)
“Young Adult” (7.9/10)
“Tree of Life” (*7.9*/10)
“Whip It” (7.9 / 10)
“Where The Wild Things Are” (7.9 / 10)
“Revolutionary Road” (7.9 / 10)
“New in Town” (7.9 / 10)
“Felon” (7.9 / 10)
“The Blind Side” (7.5 / 10)
“Rango” (7.5/10)
“Source Code” (7.5/10)
“Four Christmases” (7.5 / 10)
“Kick-Ass” (7.5 / 10)
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (7.5 / 10)
“Quantum of Solace” (7.5 / 10)
“Taken” (7.5 / 10)
“Killer Elite” (7.5/10) – coming to DVD 1/10/12
“Iron Man 2″ (7.5 / 10)
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (7.5 / 10)
“G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” (7.5 / 10)
“The Air I Breathe”
“Hancock”
“Fanboys” (8.5 for me, adjusted to 7.5 for most)
“30 Minutes or Less” (7.5/10) (**filmed in Grand Rapids)
“Traitor” (7.5 / 10)
“The Bank Job”
“He’s Just Not That Into You” (7.5/10)
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (7.5/10)
“Weather Girl” (7.5/10)
“Role Models” (7.5/10)
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (7.5/10)
“Marley & Me” (7.5/10)
“Bride Wars” (7.5/10)
“RED” (7.0/10)
“Law Abiding Citizen” (7.5/10)
“Couples Retreat” (7.5/10)
“The Women” (7.5/10)
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (7.0/10)
“The Muppets” (7.0/10)
“The Grey” (7.0/10)
“Layer Cake” (7.0/10)
“Rachel Getting Married” (7.0)
“Unknown” (7.0/10)
“Chronicle” (7.0/10)
“Cowboys and Aliens” (7.0/10)
“Skateland” (7.0/10)
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” (7.0/10)
“Horrible Bosses” (7.0)
“Bridesmaids” (7.0/10)
“Hanna” (7.0/10)
“This Is It” (Michael Jackson)” (7.0 / 10)
“War Horse” (7.0/10)
“Caught in the Crossfire” (7.0) (**filmed in West Michigan)
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (7.0 / 10)
“Get Smart” (7.0 / 10)
“The Happening”
“Bedtime Stories” (7.0 / 10)
“Twilight” (7.0 / 10)
“Knowing” (7.0 / 10)
“Watchmen” (7.0 / 10)
“Funny Games”
“Setup” (7.0/10)** (filmed in West Michigan)
“Valentine’s Day” (7.0/ 10)
“Nights in Rodanthe” (7.0 / 10)
“Hotel for Dogs” (7.0 / 10)
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“21 Jump Street” (6.9/10)
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (6.9 / 10)
“The Book of Eli” (6.9 / 10)
“Appaloosa” (6.9 / 10)
“Everybody’s Fine” (6.9 / 10)
“Battle: Los Angeles” (6.9/10)
“Surveillance” (6.9 / 10)
“Extract” (6.5 /10)
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“The Invasion”
“Just Go With It” (6.9/10)
“Twilight Saga: New Moon” (6.9 / 10)
“The Ugly Truth” (7.5* / 10 – I overrated this movie, should be 6.5)
“The Lovely Bones” (6.5 / 10)
“What Just Happened” (6.5 / 10)
“Hamlet 2″
“Lakeview Terrace” (6.5 / 10)
“Real Steel” (6.5/10) ** (filmed in West Michigan)
“What If…” (6.5/10)** (filmed in West Michigan)
“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”
“Imagine That” (6.5 / 10)
“Sorcerer’s Apprentice”  (6.5/10)
“Hellboy II: Golden Army” (6.5 / 10)
“Tropic Thunder” (6.5 /10)
“The Tourist” (6.0/10) - I knocked a full point off this review because of disappointment in marketing
“Gnomeo & Juliet” (6.5/10)
“Man on a Ledge” (6.5/10)
“Morning Glory” (6.5 / 10 )
“The Bounty Hunter” (6.5 /10)
“Fright Night” (2011) (6.0/10)
“Good Luck Chuck”
“Surrogates” (6.5 / 10)
“Red Tails” (6.0/10)
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” (6.5 / 10)
“Grown Ups” (6.5 / 10)
“The Green Hornet” (6.5 / 10)
“Arthur Christmas” (6.0/10)
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (6.0 / 10)
“Journey to the Center of the Earth”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (6.0 / 10)
“Body of Lies” (6.0)
“Monsters Vs. Aliens” (6.0 / 10)
“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″ (6.0/10)
“October Baby” (6.0/10)
“Zach and Miri Make a Porno” (6.0 / 10)
“Noise” (6.0 / 10)
“Green Lantern” (6.0/10)
“October Baby” (6.0/10)
“Love Happens” (7.0* review deferred to my wife)
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“Gun” (6.0 / 10) ** (filmed in Grand Rapids area)
“The Hangover Part II” (*revised to 5.9/10)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (5.9/10 - I initially overrated this movie at 8.9)
“Our Idiot Brother” (5.5/10)
“Confessions of A Shopaholic” (5.5 / 10)
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (6.5/10) (*I overrated this movie, should be 5.5)
“Fragments” (5.5 / 10)
“My Life in Ruins” (5.5 / 10)
“Quarantine” (5.5 / 10)
“The Change-Up” (5.5/10)
“The Chaos Experiment” (5.5 / 10)** (filmed in West Michigan)
“All About Steve” (5.5 / 10)
“Charlie Wilson’s War”

“The Dictator” (5.0/10)
“There Be Dragons”
(5.0/10)
“Whiteout” (4.9 / 10)
“Mad Money”
“Bad Teacher” (4.0/10)
“Zookeeper” (4.0/10)
“Year One” (4.0 / 10)
“Furry Vengeance” (4.0 / 10)
“Jack and Jill” (3.0/10)
“Dance Flick” (2.0 / 10)

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