New in theaters/on DVD 10-12-12

October 12th, 2012 at 8:04 am by under Uncategorized

Seven new movies in West Michigan theaters this weekend…
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New in theaters (Friday 10/12/12): “Argo”, “Here Comes the Boom”, “Seven Psychopaths”,  “Sinister”, “Perks of Being a Wallflower” (limited*), “Atlas Shrugged” (limited*), “Sleepwalk with Me” (limited*)
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(video version from this week’s EightWest segment)
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(video version from EightWest segment 9-14-12 “Finding Nemo”)

(video version from EightWest segment 9-7-12 “The Words”)
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“Argo”

Plot: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’  specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter  at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Rated: Rated R for language and some violent images
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
Director: Ben Affleck
Runtime: 2 hours
More info: getting some early Oscar buzz from critics
Release: Wide
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“Here Comes the Boom

Plot: A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts  fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from  being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Rated: Rated PG For bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language
Genre: Action/Comedy
Stars: Kevin James (writers credit), Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann
Director: Frank Coraci
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
More info: n/a
Release: Wide

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Seven Psychopaths”

Plot: A struggling screenwriter (Farrell) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los  Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Walken and Rockwell)  kidnap a gangster’s (Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.
Rated: R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language,  sexuality/nudity and some drug use
Genre: Comedy/Crime
Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken
Director/Writer: Martin McDonagh [In Bruges (2008)]
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
More info: n/a
Release: Wide

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“Sinister”

Plot: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was  murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the  path of a supernatural entity.
Rated: R for disturbing violent images and some terror
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson
Director: Scott Derrickson ["The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008), "The Exorcism  of Emily Rose" (2005), "Hellraiser: Inferno" (2000)]
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
More info: Producer Jason Blum produced all 4 “Paranormal Activity” movies, plus “Insidious”  (2010)
Release: Wide

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Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Plot: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him  to the real world.
Rated: PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use,  sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens
Genre: Drama/Romance
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh,  Paul Rudd
Director/Writer: Stephen Chbosky (novel)
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
More info: n/a
Release: Limited only playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, Celebration! Crossroads, Celebration! Mt. PleasantRave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo

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Atlas Shrugged Part II”
Plot: With the global economy on the brink of collapse, Railroad executive Dagny  Taggart discovers what might be the answer to a mounting energy crisis and  races against the clock to prevent the motor of the World from being stopped  for good.
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi
Stars: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian
Director: John Putch
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
More info: Follows “Atlas Shrugged Part I” (2011) between Part I and this installment, all of the roles were  recast. Part I had a  $6.50 million budget and made $4.56 million… Part II has a $10.00 million budget.
Release
: Limited only playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, Celebration! Carousel, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo

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Sleepwalk with Me”
Plot: A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy
Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
More info: won awards at 2 film festivals
Release: Limited only playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids)

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Moving to $4.00 Woodland Mall this week :
“Possession”, “Lawless”
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*Playing in limited release in Grand Rapids market:

*”Perks of Being A Wallflower” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, Celebration! Crossroads, Celebration! Mt. PleasantRave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo

*”Atlas Shrugged Part II” playing at Celebration! North, Celebration! Rivertown, Celebration! Carousel, Rave Cityplace 14 Kalamazoo

*”Sleepwalk with Me” playing at the UICA (Grand Rapids)
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My Picks for watching in theaters or at home
In Theaters“Looper” (9.0)
Rentals: “E.T.” the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
Click here for previous “My Picks”
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Next Week in theaters (Friday 10/19): “Alex Cross”, “Paranormal Activity 4″

New this week on DVD (Tuesday 10/9): “Prometheus”, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (30th Anniversary), “The Raven”, “Rock of Ages”, “A Cat in Paris” (limited), “The Giant Mechanical Man” (limited), “The Courier” (straight-to-video)
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Next week on DVD (Tuesday 10/16): “2016 Obama’s America”,”Chernobyl Diaries”, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “That’s My Boy”, “The Forgiveness of Blood”  (limited), “Turn Me On, Dammit!” (limited), “Airborne” (straight-to-video), “A Christmas Kiss” (straight-to-video), “The Heart of Christmas” (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)
“Looper” (9.0)
“Moonrise Kingdom” (9.0)
“Dark Knight Rises” (9.0)
“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)
“Sinister” (6.5)
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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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