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Theater or Renter: June 2010

Theater or Renter: June 2010 includes 6 SF movies Marmaduke, Splice, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Marmaduke:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Tom Dey

Produced by:  John Davis, Tom Dey

Written by:  Vince Di Meglio, Tim Rasmussen

Stars:  Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

The Plot / Story: Based on the comic strip of the same name by Brad Anderson.  The Winslow family moves from the country to Orange County, California and has to adjust to the new environment.  This is particularly difficult for the lovable yet awkwardly large Marmaduke, who tends to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Marmaduke is a renter at best for me.

Positive

It has a good cast.  The trailer made me laugh at times.

Negative

I have concerns that it may be more kidsey then a family movie.  All of the early promotion materials gave me the impression this movie is more fluff.

Splice:

Release Date:  June 4th 2010

Listed as:  Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller

Studio:  Dark Castle Entertainment via Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Vincenzo Natali

Produced by:  Steve Hoban, Guillermo Del Toro

Written by:  Vincenzo Natali, Doug Taylor, Antoinette Terry Bryant

Stars:  Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

The Plot / Story: Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Probably theater definitely renter.

Positive

Guillermo Del Toro.  Premiered at Sitges Film Festival winning Best Special Effects and Best film.  Also had a showing at Sundance and was then fought over by several studios in a bidding war to get distribution rights.  The trailer looks very interesting.  and Guillermo Del Toro.

The A-Team:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Joe Carnahan

Produced by:  Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Stephen J. Cannell

Written by:  Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas

Stars:  Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bloom

The Plot / Story: (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

I'm on the fence if this will be a theater or a renter for me.  This is a niche movie that will probably have a limited appeal with the chance of also attracting the action movie going audiences.  I grew up watching A-Team on TV.  I loved what they stood for:  justice and helping those in need.  I can only hope those elements are in the movie.

Positive

The casting looks the part.  Trailer impressed me, it looked good and has a very A-Team feel to it.  Derek Haas did a good job with wanted so hopefully he brings some of those elements to this project.

Negative

Initially I thought a movie of this was a bad idea but after watching the trailer that has changed.  The Loosers was so disappointing that it has left great concerns for the A-Team which is a similar style of movie.

The Karate Kid:

Release Date:  June 11

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Family

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Harald Zwart

Produced by:  Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz

Written by:  Christopher Murphey

Stars:  Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

The Plot / Story: This is a remake of The original Karate Kid The Karate Kid Remake Trailer.  A 12 year old Detroit kid moves to China with his mother.  Due to cultural differences he makes the class bully and enemy.  With no friends, in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Skeptical of the remake, I have concerns that those values from the original will not be maintained.  I may have to wait for early reviews before I can make a decision on whether I will even watch it.

Positive

Loved the original film.

Negative

Concerns over how they will keep some of the spirit of the original film due to some of the fundamental changes.

Toy Story 3:

Release Date:  June 18th

Listed as:  Fantasy, Family

Studio:  Pixar Animation Studios

Director:  Lee Unkricha

Produced by:  Darla K. Anderson, John Lasseter

Written by:  Michael Arndt

Stars:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, Blake Clark, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Ned Beatty, John Morris

The Plot / Story: Andy is now heading off to college and plans to put the toys into storage in the attic but his mom accidentally donates them to the Sunnyside Daycare.  Woody, Buzz and the whole gang meet new toys at the daycare for better and worse. Learning of Andy's sadness over their loss they must fight to find their way back to Andy's house before he leaves for college.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

Theater

Positive

Really enjoyed the previous 2 Toy Story Movies.  The cast is stellar.   Trailer looks good.

Jonah Hex:

Release Date:  June 18

Listed as: Superhero, Westeren

Studio:  Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment

Director:  Jimmy Hayward

Produced by:  Akiva Goldsman, Andrew Lazar

Written by:  Screenplay: Neveldine & Taylor  Story: Neveldine & Taylor, William Farmer  Characters: John Albano, Tony Dezuniga

Stars: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon

The Plot / Story: Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone... and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Leila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous villian Quentin Turnbull. But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

First Impressions:

On the fence between theater and renter.

Positive

John Malkovich a plus.  Superhero movie a plus.  The steamPunk elements borrowed for the film it makes for a more fantasy version of the Wild West but one that I enjoy.

Negative

The trailer was not terribly exciting border lining on the boring.


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Theater or Renter: April 2009

Theater or Renter: April includes Three SF movies Alien Trespass, Dragonball: Evolution, Mutant Chronicles.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care?

Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Alien Trespass

Watch The Trailer here:


Release Date:  APRIL 3rd  [limited]

Listed as:  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Roadside Attractions

Director: R.W. Goodwin

Produced by: R.W. Goodwin, James Swift

Written by: Stephen P. Fisher

Stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick, Jody Thompson, Dan Lauria

The Plot / Story: Based on 1950s sci-fi B movies.  The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California's Mojave Desert. An alien spaceship as a fiery ball hurtles toward earth and crash-lands on a butte in the desert.  A tall, metallic alien named Urp emerges from the craft unharmed, alarmed to discover that the monstrous Ghota, who was also on board, has escaped. The menacing one-eyed creature's unquenchable appetite could mean the end of civilization as we know it. Urp is the only one who knows how to stop the hideous extra-terrestrial, but to do so he has to take over the body of Dr. Lewis and enlist the aid of Tammy, the only human in town willing to believe and trust in his mission. Urp and Tammy must hunt down the Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

For more:  Alien Trespass opens on April 3rd

Dragonball: Evolution

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Release Date:  APRIL 10th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: James Wong

Produced by: Stephen Chow, James Wong

Written by: Screenplay: James Wong, Ben Ramsey, Manga: Akira Toriyama

Stars: Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Joon Park, Eriko Tamura, Randall Duk Kim, Texas Battle, Ernie Hudson, Chow Yun-Fat

The Plot / Story: After his grandfather's death, Goku goes on a journey to find Master Roshi and gather the seven mystical Dragon Balls before the evil Lord Piccolo can. Along his way, he meets Bulma and Yamcha who both join him to help him with his mission. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Mutant Chronicles

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Release Date: APRIL 24th [limited]

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: Independent

Director: Simon Hunter

Produced by: Edward R. Pressman, Tim Dennison

Written by: Philip Eisner, Stuart Hazeldine

Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Benno Fürmann, Sean Pertwee, John Malkovich, Anna Walton, Luis Echegaray, Tom Wu, Steve Toussaint, Pras Michel, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Curtis Walker

The Plot / Story: An independent sci-fi action film.  The story is set in the year 2707.  The world is loosely based on that of the Mutant Chronicles role-playing game, where nearly everything is powered by steam, and mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. The protagonists must battle against mutant creatures accidentally unleashed upon the planet.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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In Theater: Changeling

Changeling is promising to be a nice cerebrally scary movie.  It’s a thriller about a mother who finally gets her child back from an abduction and then suspects that the child returned to her is not her son.  It promises to play off of the fear of loosing a loved one and the fear of the stranger in ones house.  The idea is intriguing but what really sold me on this movie and made it a theater are the people involved.   Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ Written by J. Michael Straczynski who is a master at his craft especially when writing drama, thriller, suspense, and speculative fiction.  Directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich it’s bound to be good if not great.

For some lucky people out there they will get to see this in the theaters on October 24 when the limited release rolls out.  Then for the rest of us Changeling will hit the theaters on October 31.  Read Theater or Renter October for more information.

Let me know what you think.  Will you go to see Changeling in the theater on October 31 or rent it?  If you have seen it in the theater should I go see it and why?


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Theater or Renter October 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" For October we have eight movies. Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

City_of_ember City of Ember:

Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: Oct 10, 2008

Listed as:  Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Studio: 20th Century Fox & Universal Pictures

Director: Gil Kenan

Produced by: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Written by: Caroline Thompson, Jeanne Duprau (novel)

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Toby Jones, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Harry Treadaway, Miles Thompson, Rachel Morton, Eoin McAndrew

The Plot / Story: A movie based on the apocalyptic book by Jeanne DuPrau.  Ember is a completely self-contained, self-maintained city.  Its founders who built the city left a box behind with instructions on how to get out in 200 years when suplies begin to run out.  That box was passed down from mayor to mayor but was lost after the 7th mayor passed before it could be passed on.  It's now year 241 the equipment and supplies that sustained Ember are running out.  (The Official Site)

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Quarantine:

Quarantine_movie_poster Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: Oct 10, 2008

Listed as:  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Produced by: Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Sergio Aguero, Drew Dowdl, Carlos Fernández, Julio Fernández, Glenn Gainor

Written by: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech

The Plot / Story: Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartments. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by a mysterious disease which turns victims into bloodthirsty psychopaths. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.     (The Official Site)

Max Payne:

Max_Payne_Poster Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date:  Oct 17, 2008

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox

Director: John Moore

Produced by: Scott Faye, Julie Yorn

Written by: Beau Thorne

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris Bridges

The Plot / Story: Max Payne is a Vigilante Cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner.  Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld.  As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.  Based on the Game. (The Official Site)

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Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom:

Noahs_Arc_Jumping_the_broom Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date:  Oct 24, 2008

Listed as:  Drama

Studio: Blueprint Entertainment, LOGO, Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

Produced by: Patrik-Ian Polk

Written by: Patrik-Ian Polk, John R. Gordon

Stars: Darryl Stephens, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman, Rodney Chester, Jensen Atwood, Jennia Fredrique, Jonathan Julian, Jason Steed, Gregory Kieth

The Plot / Story: Noah, Alex, Ricky, Chance and their significant others travel to Martha's Vineyard for a weekend wedding getaway. Drama ensues as one-by-one their relationships start to crack under the pressure of closer examination. Newly successful screenwriter Noah looks to his friends for advice as he prepares to move his relationship to a more serious level while struggling to keep his first studio movie alive. But the friends are of little help as they juggle their own issues. Elder statesmen Chance and Eddie attempt to scratch their seven-year itch but worry their marriage has permanently lost its spark. And playboy Ricky flaunts his barely legal college student fling in the face of his monogamous friends but hides a surprising secret that threatens to rock the house. Add to the mix Alex's crazy-making wedding prep, a closeted superstar rapper, a high-maintenance studio exec, and a surprise visitor and you've got the makings of a hilarious and poignant romantic comedy.  (The Official Site)

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Changeling:

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Release Date:   Oct 24, 2008 Limited Release / Oct 31, 2008 General Release

Listed as:  Drama, Thriller

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Clint Eastwood

Produced by: Clint Eastwood

Written by:  J. Michael Straczynski

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Geoff Pierson, Jeffrey Donovan, Jason Butler Harner, Michael Kelly

The Plot / Story: Christine Collins' prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned.  But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers.  Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.  (The Official Site)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno:

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Release Date: Oct 31, 2008

Listed as:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Director: Kevin Smith

Produced by: Scott Mosier

Written by: Kevin Smith

Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan, Ricky Mabe

The Plot / Story: Lifelong platonic friends Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) look to solve their respective cashflow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo soon realize their true feelings for each other.  (The Official Site)

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The Haunting of Molly Hartley:

haunting_of_molly_hartley Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: Oct 31, 2008

Listed as:  Drama, Thriller

Studio: Freestyle Releasing

Director: Mickey Liddell

Produced by: Jennifer Hilton, Jerry P. Jacobs

Written by: John Travis, Rebecca Sonnenshine

Stars: Shannon Marie Woodward, Chace Crawford, Nina Siemaszko

The Plot / Story: Molly (Haley Bennett) is a 17 year old girl who has physically recovered from a stab wound inflicted by her mother, but the psychological scars that remain run deep. To help her begin a new life after her trauma, her father has moved her into a new school. With her eighteenth birthday approaching, Molly is haunted by nightmares of her mother's attack upon her while dealing with the stress of being the new girl in school. Symptoms of psychosis that seem to be affecting her seem to foreshadow an onset of the mental illness that took control of her mother's life, but of several different explanations for her distress, the most unforeseen and terrifying is revealed as the truth. Ultimately, Molly discovers that her mother and others who share her mother's concerns want her killed in order to save her from a preordained life as a servant of the Devil.  (The Official Site)

Fears of the Dark [Peur(s) Du Noir:

fears_of_the_dark Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date:  Oct 31, 2008

Listed as:  Animation,  Mystery

Studio: IFC

Director: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire

Produced by: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire

Written by: Blutch Charles Burns

Stars: various

The Plot / Story: A French film collection of several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.  (The Official Site)


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