Monday, March 11, 2013

State of the Cinema: March 11 to March 17

Yes, I'm bringing this back. I just thought that this was a nice way of summing up the big releases and news and all other good stuff that I missed. This week, we have magicians, gods and Oscar-winning directors!

Theatrical Releases: (What's out this week in theaters)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone- Stars: Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey. Director: Don Scardino. Rating: PG-13. Plot: A pair of aging Vegas magicians decide to step up their acts after being upstaged by a hot new street magician. Thoughts: I like what I see. A fun premise and a good cast make this one to watch.

The Call- Stars: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin. Director: Brad Anderson. Rating: R. Plot: A 911 operator attempts to save the life of a young girl from a killer she's dealt with in the past. Thoughts: Skip. Unless the reviews are seriously good, the trailers have all been awful and nothing about this by-the-numbers thrillers looks exciting.

DVD/Blu-Ray Releases:

Life of Pi- Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Kahn. Director: Ang Lee. Rating: PG. Plot: A man is stranded out at sea after an accident, leaving him with a tiger who survived the wreckage. Thoughts: Haven't seen it yet, but I will see it. Lee won the Oscar for Best Director, so there's that. Available On: DVD/Blu-Ray.

Rise of the Guardians- Stars: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin. Director: Peter Ramsey. Rating: PG. Plot: Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost team up to stop the Bogeyman from destroying children's lives everywhere. Thoughts: Again, didn't see it, but I still am dying to see it and I can't wait until I can. Available On: DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray.

Disney Double Packs- Disney releases four double feature sets of some of it's favorite animated movies. First of, in honor of the film's 15th anniversary, Mulan and Mulan II see a release. Then, The Hunchback of Norte Dame I and II both get releases. Also, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return are out. Finally both Brother Bear movies are out together. Thoughts: For the kids, both the Mulan and Atlantis double packs might be worth the buy. However, the other two were never my favorites and I wouldn't get them. But that's just me. Available On: DVD/Blu-Ray.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?- Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd. Director: Robert Zemeckis: Rating: PG. Plot: A cartoon loathing detective teams up with a cartoon in a world filled with cartoons after the cartoon is falsely accused of murder. Thoughts: The 25th anniversary edition is a definite buy. The film is great and having it on Blu-Ray is even better. Available On: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack.

Video Game Releases:

God of War: Ascension- Platform: PS3. Developer: Sony. Publisher: Sony. Plot: In a prequel to the original series, Kratos attempts to break free of Ares's control by defeating the three furies. Thoughts: I have never been a God of War fan, but if you are a fan, I see no reason why you shouldn't pick this game up on Tuesday.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2- Platforms: Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii U. Developer: City Interactive. Publisher: City Interactive. Plot: Play as a Private Security Consultation (Yay?) as you travel the world completing several high-risk missions. Thoughts: I hadn't hear of the game before today and that description does not make me want to buy it. The first received mixed reviews, but if you liked it, no problem getting this one.


Iron Man 3- This trailer is absolutely fantastic. I really cannot wait for this film. The trailer really makes there look like a lot of cool things are going to be happening and the ending is just great. Overall, a great trailer. Release: May 3.

The Hangover Part III- I honestly do think that enough is enough and this series should have been over after, you know, The Hangover. I didn't laugh at all at this new trailer and I can't say I'm looking forward to this film, but I do like how it looks like the plot is different from the last two. Release: May 24.

After Earth- Looks better than in the second trailer, though the focus on the cliched father-son relationship makes me like the movie a tad bit less. Still not that impressed, still not wanting to see it. Release: June 7.

Star Trek Into Darkness- I loved the first film, can't wait for the second. That said, this trailer shows really nothing new and is the weakest out of the trailers for this film. Release: May 17.

Much Ado About Nothing- Shakespeare adaptations might not sound like most people's cups of teas, but when said Shakespearean adaptation is directed by Joss Whedon (During when he shot The Avengers!) starring Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion and Any Acker. That's one Shakespearean adaptation too good to miss. Release: June 21.

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