New in theaters/ on DVD 8-31-12

August 31st, 2012 at 8:15 am by under Entertainment

Four new movies in West Michigan theaters this weekend, and once again some of them opened on Wednesday to get an early jump on the box office for the Labor Day weekened…
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New in theaters (Friday 8/31): “Lawless” (released Wednesday 8/29), “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” (opened Wednesday 8/29), “The Possession”, “Celeste and Jesse Forever” (limited), “The Queen of Versailles” (limited)
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(I’ll add the video version later from this week’s EightWest segment 8-31-12)
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(video version from last week’s EightWest segment 8-24-12)
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  “Lawless”

Plot: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
Genre: Crime/Drama/Western
Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Chris McGarry, Tim Tolin, Gary Oldman
Director: John Hillcoat ["The Road" (2009), "The Proposition" (2005)]
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes
More info: described during casting as “Goodfellas” in the woods
Release: Wide – all theaters Wednesday 8/29
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  “The Possession

Plot: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences (re-rating after re-cut/appeal)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Jay Brazeau
Director: Ole Bornedal
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
More info: originally rated R, filmmakers appealed to MPAA, but lost, so it was re-cut to earn the PG-13 rating
Release: Wide – all theaters

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 “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Plot: The Oogieloves — Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie — set out to find five magical balloons that will make their good friend Schluufy’s surprise birthday party extra-special.
Rated: G
Genre
: Family
Stars: Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Chazz Palminteri
Director: Matthew Diamond
Writers: Ken Viselman (creative mind behind “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Teletubbies”) and former Michigan resident Scott Stabile
Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes
More info: Movie includes audio and visual cues for kids to get up and move around during movie
Even more info: Filming locations included Windmill and the Tulip Festival in Holland, Oakland County Airport, Stony Creek Metropark, and restaurant in Canton, Michigan
Release: Wide

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  “Celeste & Jesse Forever

Plot: A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.
Rated: R for language, sexual content and drug use
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Stars: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Rob Huebel, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Will McCormack
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
More info: Writers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Release: Limited – playing at Celebration! North, AMC Star Grand Rapids, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo in West Michigan

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 The Queen of Versailles”
Plot: A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
Rated: Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Lauren Greenfield
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
More info: Made its Midwest Premiere at Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck
Release: Limited only playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids)

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Moving to $4.00 Woodland Mall this week :
“The Amazing Spider-man” (2D & 3D)(7.5/10), “Ted” (8.0/10)
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Playing in limited release in Grand Rapids market:

“The Queen of Versailles” playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids)
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“The Apparition” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown
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“2016: Obama’s America” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, Celebration! Benton Harbor, Celebration! Crossroads, Celebration! Mt. Pleasant, Celebration! Carousel, AMC Star Grand Rapids, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo
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“Trishna” playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids) through September 6th
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My Picks for watching in theaters or at home
In Theaters“The Avengers” (9.5/10)
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 9/7): “The Words”, “Branded” (limited), “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” (limited)

New this week on DVD (Tuesday 8/28): “Battleship”, “The Lucky One”, “Pirates! Band of Misfits” (7.0/10), “Think Like a Man”, “Darling Companion”, “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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Next week on DVD (Tuesday 9/4): “The Five-Year Engagement” (filmed in MI), “Piranha 3DD”, “Safe”, “High School”  (limited)(filmed in MI), “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (limited)
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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)
“Ted” (8.0/10)
“The Amazing Spider-man” (7.5/10)
“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:
“Touchback” (7.0/10) – September 4, 2012
“Snow White and the Huntsman” (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)
“Pirates! Band of Misfits” (7.0/10)
“Rachel Getting Married” (7.0)
“Virginia” (7.0/10) (**filmed in West Michigan)
“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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