Theater or renter

Battle: Los Angeles Theater or Renter?

Battle: Los Angeles is hitting the theaters 3-11-11 and thus begs the question: Theater? Renter? or don’t even care?

Before answering that we should address our expectations.  This is an alien invasion style movie this means that I don’t expect to find a thoughtful story, epic dialogue or deep characters those things are a bonus with this type of movie. 

What I do expect to find is

  • Action lots of action
  • Explosions, I said lots of action including explosions so many to make Michael Bay proud.
  • Cool aliens, they should at lest visually be stunning.
  • Cool alien tech preferably attached to the action and mecha / giant killer robots a plus.
  • A fun movie

With this in mind check out the trailer below.

This movie promises lots of action, explosions, cool aliens, cool alien tech and even giant killer robots!  Not only does it have that but this is a well put together trailer which is hopefully a sign of the quality of the move to proceed.  The music is provocative and the tension is exciting.

Definitely a theater for me!

Plot / Story

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine Staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.  (Wikipedia)(official site

Theater or Renter: July 2010

Theater or Renter: July includes seven SF movies The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Last Airbender, Despicable Me, Predators, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Inception, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.  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?

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Release Date: June 30

Listed as:  romantic-vampire

Studio:  Summit Entertainment

Director: David Slade

Produced by:  Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt

Written by:  Melissa Rosenberg

Stars:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning

The Plot / Story: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Not Interested:  The books bored me as did the first movie.  Why Twilight is Popular Video

The Last Airbender:

Release Date:  JULY 1

Listed as:  action-adventure, fantasy, film

Studio:  Paramount Pictures

Director:  M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by:  M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer, scott Aversano

Written by:  M. Night Shyamalan,

Stars:  Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Cliff Curtis

The Plot / Story: Based on the first season of the show The Book of Water Avatar The Last Airbender.  Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara a waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance to their war-torn world.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater:  I love the series that this movie is based on.  The movie trailers looks great.  Other then the race bending possible issues I'm really looking forward to watching this movie.

Despicable Me:

Release Date:  JULY 9

Listed as:  Animated, fantasy

Studio:  Universal Studios

Director:  Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud  Co-Director: Sergio Pablos

Produced by:  John Cohen, Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri

Written by:  Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Stars:  Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Ken Jeong, Jemaine Clement, Julie Andrews, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Dave Foley, Philip Bolden

The Plot / Story: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. The protagonist, Gru, is the #2 villain who wants to accomplish an unthinkable task with the help of his large army of minions and various gadgets. He attempts this while trying to outsmart his arch-rival, #1 super villain, Vector. He thinks he's found the perfect scheme when he decides to do the impossible: steal the moon itself. However, he meets three super small orphan girls who want him to become their dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Renter:  At first I was excited about this Despicable Me but the trailers got old fast.  There are also several yellow flags with this project that make me cautious about watching this film.  Steve Carell is funny I really like him in the office but I have not cared for his other projects, universal studios animation project which tend to be ok and the incessant need to use 3d as a gimmick to force me into watching it in the theater and I can wait.

Predators:

Release Date:  JULY 9

Listed as:  science fiction, action, horror

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Nimród Antal

Produced by:  Robert Rodriguez, John Davis, Elizabeth Avellan

Written by:  Michael Finch, Alex Litvak

Stars:  Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali,

The Plot / Story: Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.  (Wikipedia) (official site)

Theater:  I'm an old school fan of the Predator movies Exploring: Predators Trailer not so much of a fan of all the recent attempts at reboots.  That said this one looks descent they kept the jungle feel.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice:

Release Date:  July 16

Listed as:  Sorcery, Fantasy, Adventure , Comedy film

Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures

Director:  Jon Turteltaub

Produced by:  Jerry Bruckheimer

Written by:  Screenplay: Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Matt Lopez  Screen story: Matt Lopez, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal  Poem: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Stars:  Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina

The Plot / Story: A live-action re-imagining of the Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Disney’s Fantasia.  An average college student is reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer, who gives him a crash course in magic to prepare him for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern Manhattan.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Not Interested:  This project spits on the memory of Walt Disney.  He loved Fantasia, cherished it as his greatest achievement of merging music and visuals.  To turn part of it into a simple movie with cheep tricks and borrowed plot line from other contemporary movies is a horrible thing and I want no part of it.

Inception:

Release Date:  JULY 16th

Listed as:  sci-fi, action, thriller

Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Christopher Nolan

Produced by:  Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

Written by:  Christopher Nolan

Stars:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

The Plot / Story: Dom Cobb  is a skilled thief in the art of "extraction," stealing secrets from deep within the unconscious mind during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him valuable in corporate espionage. In one last job, he must cause an "inception" – instead of stealing an idea, he must plant one. Christopher Nolan, the director of the movie, was quoted as saying "We don't do magic. Everything in Inception has a basis in reality, except for the technology".  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Not Interested:  Premise is weak, the trailer boring and worst yet Christopher Nolan is all over this project.  He is a big red flag in any project.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore:

Release Date:  JULY 30

Listed as: Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Brad Peyton

Produced by:  Polly Cohen, Andrew Lazar, Greg Michael, Brent O'Connor

Written by:   Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Stars:  Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez, Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams

The Plot / Story: Kitty Galore, a hairless Sphynx cat, grows tired of dogs and her own cat friends. So, she decides to take over the world. Diggs, a police dog, and his mentor, Butch, are selected by the Dogs HQ spy force to stop her. The cats join forces with with the dogs and get additional support from the birds to block Galore's scheme. Galore, meanwhile, has the help of the mice and hires the devious cat and antagonist from the first film, Mr. Tinkles.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater / Renter:  this is probably a renter for me but as previously confessed in My Dirty Secret Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore I'm a sucker for this movie.  The first in the series was really entertaining and funny.  Based on the trailers and promotional materials it looks like the second one has not lost that flavor.


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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: May 2010

Theater or Renter: May 2010 includes five SF movies Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Shrek Forever After, Prince of Persia, Survival of the Dead.  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?

Iron Man 2:

Release Date: May 7th

Listed as:  Action, Superhero Film

Studio:  Marvel Studios

Director:  Jon Favreau

Produced by:  Kevin Feige, Avi Arad, Susan Downey

Written by:  Justin Theroux

Stars:  Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson

The Plot / Story: Sequel to Iron Man it's six months latter.  The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man.  Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands.  With Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rohdes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces, Whiplash and Justin Hammer.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

  • Theater:  I will have to watch this in the theater because the first Iron Man Iron Man 2 Trailer #2 was so good.  I have great concerns about this movie based on the Terrence Howard scandal and advertising.  I'm very unhappy with switching Rohdey from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle.  This looks like a repeat of the first movie but with two Iron mans in it and multiple iron mongers as villains.  They even went to the point of making a rival weapons merchant who wants to do Tony Stark in through the business world, hrmmm sounds familiar.  Here is hoping that I am wrong.

Robin Hood:

Release Date: May 14th

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Fantasy

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Ridley Scott

Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe

Written by:  Screenplay: Brian Helgeland   Story: Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris

Stars:  Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Kevin Durand, Mark Addy, William Hurt, Danny Huston, Max von Sydow

The Plot / Story: It is late 12th century England and Sir Robin Longstride, Earl of Huntington, has returned to his northern English village after fighting in the Third Crusade. Upon arrival, the nobleman and his servant discover the oppression caused by the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Sir Robin uses his intelligence  and military skills to free his home village from tyranny and corruption in England, by taking back what is rightfully his, and by taking back what rightfully is theirs, to restore justice and happiness to England. Robin must also win the affection of the recently widowed Lady Marian while leading his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest to victory and fairness. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

  • Renter:  This looks like they are just trying desperately to capitalize off of gladiator and I'm not a big fan Russell Crow or his movies.  On the plus side: Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and a movie with sword play in it.  This is probably a renter though if I have time or the early reviews turn out to be good I may switch to Theater.

Shrek Forever After:

Release Date:  May 21

Listed as: Fantasy, Comedy

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Director:  Mike Mitchell

Produced by:  Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner, John H. Williams

Written by:  Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, Ryan Harris

Stars:  Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake

The Plot / Story: After all of his adventures, Shrek has become a domesticated family ogre. Instead of scaring villagers away as he used to, Shrek agrees to autograph pitchforks. Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre", Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin.  After signing the contract, Shrek discovers he has been tricked, and the day Rumpelstiltskin took out of Shrek's life was the day that he was born-meaning that he never existed.  Now, stuck in a twisted alternate version of Far Far Away where he has to gather the gang and fix everything. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

  • Theater:  I have loved all of the Shrek movies and expect to really enjoy this as well.

Prince of Persia:

Release Date: May 21

Listed as:  action, adventure, fantasy

Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures

Director:  Mike Newell

Produced by:  Jerry Bruckheimer

Written by:  Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin

Stars:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina

The Plot / Story: Based on the game Prince Of Persia Prince of Persia HD Movie Trailer.  Dastan is a street urchin in 6th century Persia. Adopted by the king as his heir after showing valor in battle in hopes of keeping the king’s two sons from fighting over the throne.  Dastan teams up with Princess Tamina  to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

  • Theater: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time only caught a passing interest from me.  Movies based on games tend to be a hit and miss venture.  Add to that Disney's involvement and this project had caution written all over it, that is until I watched the trailer above.  I’m now excited about Prince of Persia.  The effects looks good.  I like the use of a broader variety of weaponry especially the more exotic ones.  The trailer does a nice job of setting up the back and forth between Dastan and Princess Tamina, even if a bit cliche.

Survival of the Dead:

Release Date:  May 21

Listed as:  Zombie movie

Studio: Independent Production

Director:  George A. Romero

Produced by:  Paula Devonshire

Written by:  George A. Romero

Stars:  Alan van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Athena Karkanis

The Plot / Story: It's a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. Plum Island is a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie apocalypse. Over time the two clans become sharply divided: The O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found. Added unto this situation wander a small group of National Guard soldiers who, after robbing the protagonists of the previous film, have decided to strike out on their own in an effort to survive.  Survival of the Dead follows the thieving National Guardsmen characters who briefly appeared in Diary of the Dead.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

  • Renter:  working against this movie is that it's a zombie flick which has been done to undead and like the creatures they feature just won't go away and give me a rest.  That said it's a George A. Romero movie, this is a huge plus.  Romero created the zombie genera and the best zombie movies.  This may be enough to move this movie to theater status and at least makes it a renter.

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Theater or Renter: Arpil 2010

Theater or Renter: April includes five SF movies Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick-Ass, The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street.  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?

Clash of the Titans:

Release Date: April 1

Listed as:  epic fantasy

Studio:  Legendary Pictures

Director:  Louis Leterrier

Produced by:  Basil Iwanyk, Kevin De La Noy, Richard D. Zanuck

Written by:  Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi

Stars:  Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelson, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson

The Plot / Story: Based on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans .  Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades.  With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat the Kraken and then get revenge on Hades.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater: Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades will be awesome.  I loved the original Clash of the Titans and have hopes that this one will be an epic like the first.  They even have a budget to make the effects look great but the trailers haven’t supported the hope.

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Date Night:

Release Date:  APRIL 9th

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Shawn Levy

Produced by:  Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty

Written by:  Josh Klausner

Stars:  Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Ray Liotta, Taraji P. Henson, Leighton Meester

The Plot / Story: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they'll never forget.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Between Theater Renter:  Date night will be a theater if I have time to catch it in the theater otherwise it is a renter.  The idea of Liz Lemon and Michael Scott together makes me laugh so much even if I realize these characters are probably not quite the same.  Tina Fey and Steve Carell crack me up so I expect this to be a fun and funny movie.  I'm also curious to see if Date Night is more like Adventures in Babysitting then the typical comedies we find in the theaters today.

Kick-Ass:

Release Date:  APRIL 16th

Listed as:  comic book movie

Studio:  Lionsgate

Director:  Matthew Vaughn

Produced by:  Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid

Written by:  Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar

Stars:  Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe moretz, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage

The Plot / Story: based on the comic book Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.  a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like the heroes in the comic books.  Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, he looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass.  His decision inspires a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater:  the trailers look really funny.  The premise of a regular person stepping up for what is right and inspiring others to take his lead is also a plus.

The Losers:

Release Date:  APRIL 23rd

Listed as: action based on comic

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Sylvain White

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, Kerry Foster

Written by:  Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt

Stars:  Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric

The Plot / Story: An adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series The Losers. Five members of an elite United States Special Forces team are sent into the Bolivian jungle. The team find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Believed to be dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Between Theater Renter:  I lovingly think of this movie as the B-Team copy of the A-Team m0vie.  The story and even characters are similar.  That said The Loosers trailer did make me laugh more which hurts a little to say as a fan of the A-Team.  I don't have big expectations for the film but from the trailer it looks fun so if I'm not able to catch it in the theater I will put it on the rent list.

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Release Date:  APRIL 30th

Listed as:  Slasher, Horror, Reboot

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Director:  Samuel Bayer

Produced by:  Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Written by:  Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer

Stars:  Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz

The Plot / Story: A reboot of the 1980’s movie Nightmare on Elm Street.  A group of parents hunt down and murder a local stalker.  The children of the suburban parents are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Theater:  I'm a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street and in it's case a reboot makes more sense because Freddy was finally defeated in six.  I am concerned about my reactions to a non Robert Englund Freddy but the trailers look really good.


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Theater or Renter: March 2010

Theater or Renter: March includes three SF movies Alice in Wonderland, Repo Men, and How to Train Your Dragon.  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?

Alice in Wonderland:

Release Date:  MARCH 5th

Listed as:  Fantasy

Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Tim Burton

Music by:     Danny Elfman

Produced by:  Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd

Written by:  Linda Woolverton

Stars:  Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry

The Plot / Story: This movie is a continuation of Alice’s adventures picking up 10 years after she has left Wonderland and forgotten the earlier visit.  She returns and learns that she must help the inhabitants to slay the Jabberwocky, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Comment:  Under Tim Burton’s direction I expect Alice in Wonderland to be a dark and strange trip down the rabbit hole.  The music should also be very good under Danny Elfman's direction.  The cast involved in the project is stellar though there is concern over Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character.  The problem I've had so far is how some of the characters look from the posters and trailers, especially the Cheshire Cat who is my favorite character.  I expect some of this is due to Disney's push to make this a 3D movie.  The pros outweigh the con's so Alice in Wonderland is still a theater for me.

Repo Men:

Release Date: MARCH 19th

Listed as:  science fiction, action, thriller

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Miguel Sapochnik

Produced by:  Scott Stuber

Written by:  Eric Garcia, Garrett Lerner

Stars:  Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten, Chandler Canterbury

The Plot / Story: In a future where artificial organs are readily available for purchase, just don’t default or they will repo them.  One of the best repo men finds himself outfitted with a new heart, then forced to go on the run when he falls on hard financial times.  Based on a novel by Eric Garcia of the same name. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Comment:  The what if sets this movie in a world that I don't want any part of and believe we would never have, though with our nation moving towards fascism it may not be as far off.  It also fails to be pitch it's self as a warning tale.  The trailer bored me.  I like Jude Law and Forest Whitaker but it's just not enough putting Repo Men into the Not Interested category.

Update: I still hold fast to my opinion about Repo Men but Bob the Elementalist, Eric and I did get into a fun conversation on genetic manipulation during witch we realized there could, with our current laws, be a situation where the genetic additions to a person would be copy written by the corporation and they could end up repossessing those additions.

How to Train Your Dragon:

Release Date:  MARCH 26th

Listed as:  Fantasy

Studio:  DreamWorks Animation

Director:  Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

Produced by:  Bonnie Arnold, Michael Connolly, Tim Johnson

Written by:  Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Tolan, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Stars:  Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson

The Plot / Story: Young Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is sent to the Isle of Berk in the North Sea, where he is to subdue a dragon as a rite of passage.  Based on the book How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Comment:  The movie has an interesting premise but I'm concerned that it may be too kidsy and not a family movie.  I'm still having difficulty with the look of the dragons which I hope will be fixed once I'm fully into the movie and watching it on a big screen rather then just getting little glimpses from a trailer.   How to Train Your Dragon is still on the fence between theater and renter though I'm now leaning towards theater.


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Theater or Renter: February 2010

Theater or Renter: February 2010 includes four SF movies The Wolfman,Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Crazies, Cop Out.  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?

The Wolfman:

Release Date:  February 12

Listed as: SF, Remake, Classic Horror

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Joe Johnston

Produced by:  Scott Stuber, Rick Yorn, Sean Daniel, Benicio del Toro

Written by:  Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self

Music by:     Danny Elfman

Stars:  Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Geraldine Chaplin

The Plot / Story: This remake keeps the plot line of the original.  Lawrence Talbot returns to his ancestral homeland to find his missing brother.  Villagers are being killed by a nightmarish beast and the search reunites him with his estranged father .  Talbot's lager concern is the discovery of a side to himself which he never could have imagined existed  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Release Date:  February 12

Listed as: SF, Fantasy Adventure

Studio:  Fox 2000 Pictures

Director:  Chris Columbus

Produced by:  Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Karen Rosenfelt

Written by:  Craig Titley, Joe Stillman

Stars:  Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean

The Plot / Story: An adaptation of The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).  A teenager named Percy Jackson discovers that he's the demigod son of the Greek god, Poseidon. He embarks on a journey across modern-day America with his friends Annabeth Chase, the demigod daughter of Athena, and Grover Underwood, a satyr.  They are on a quest to save his mother, return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Crazies:

Release Date:  February 26

Listed as:  SF, Horror, Zombie Style

Studio:  Overture Films

Director:  Breck Eisner

Produced by:  Michael Aguilar, Rob Cowan, Dean Georgaris

Written by:  Scott Kosar, Ray Wright

Stars:  Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker

The Plot / Story: Remake of the 1973 film of the same name.  The inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. One man, his wife, a nurse, and the sheriff try to survive this plague, but when the military are killing everyone on sight, they're going to have to fight their way out, or die by either the plague or the military.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Cop Out:

Release Date:  February 26

Listed as:  Buddy Comedy

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Kevin Smith

Produced by:  Marc E. Platt, Polly Johnsen, Michael Tadross

Written by:  Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen

Stars:  Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Seann William Scott

The Plot / Story: Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card who find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)  This used to be named A Couple Of Dicks but was renamed to Cop Out.  The slogan is "rock out with your glock out


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Theater or Renter: January 2010

Theater or Renter: January 2010 includes 4 SF movies Daybreakers, The Book of Eli, Tooth Fairy, Legion.  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?

Daybreakers:

Release Date:  JANUARY 8th

Listed as:  SF, Vampire

Studio:  Lionsgate

Director:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Produced by:  Chris Brown, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst

Written by:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Stars:  Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

The Plot / Story: In 2009, a major viral outburst transformed a majority of the world's population into vampires. It is now 2019. With only a handful of humans left to provide blood for the starving population of vampires, extinction is a very real risk for the new dominant species of humanity.  If a vampire doesn't drink blood, then they will transform from having a recognizable human form into a violent, uncontrollable, and bat-like creature of the night.   Now two different factions strive for a solution.  A small factions of surviving humans wish to repopulate the species and a secret team of human and 'cured' researchers try to uncover a way that would rescue the human race. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Book of Eli:

Release Date: JANUARY 15th

Listed as:  post-apocalyptic action film, SF

Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures

Director:  Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Amitabh Bachchan, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes

Written by:  Gary Whitta

Stars:  Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour, and Michael Gambon

The Plot / Story: In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone hero, Eli, guards the Book of Eli (a Bible which, to his knowledge, is the last Bible in the world), which provides knowledge that could redeem society, and the source of all their pain. The despot of a small makeshift town plans to take possession of the book.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Tooth Fairy:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fairy Tale, SF

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Michael Lembeck

Produced by:  Jim Piddock, Jason Blum, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray

Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Brandon T. Jackson, Ryan Sheckler, Stephen Merchant

The Plot / Story: Derek Thompson is "The Tooth Fairy" a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a "real" tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings, and magic wand. At first, Derek "can't handle the tooth"—bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes...doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Legion:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fallen Angel, SF

Studio:  Screen Gems

Director:  Scott Stewart

Produced by:  David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Written by:  Peter Schink, Scott Stewart

Stars:  Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid.

The Plot / Story: After God loses faith in humanity, the archangel Michael, who has become a fallen angel, is the only one standing between mankind and the apocalypse. This time using angels as the act of Biblical judgment, God's wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world's population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers to a small New Mexico diner to protect a young waitress who may be pregnant with Christ in his second coming. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Theater or Renter: December 2009

Theater or Renter: December 2009 includes five SF movies Transylmania, The Princess and the Frog, Avatar, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sherlock Holmes.  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?

Transylmania:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 4th

Listed as:  spoof horror, Vampire movie

Studio:  Full Circle releasing

Director:  David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand

Produced by:  Radu Badica, Viorel Sergovici, Kim Swartz, Sanford Hampton, Jor Van Kline

Written by: Patrick Casey, Worm Miller

Stars:  Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Musetta Vander, Jennifer Lyons, Oren Skoog, Paul H. Kim, David Steinberg, Irena A. Hoffman

The Plot / Story: A group of not-too-bright American college kids on a semester abroad at Razvan University realize that if the partying doesn't kill them, the vampires might.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Princess and the Frog:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 11th

Listed as:  Disney animated fantasy tale

Studio:  Walt Disney Animation Studios

Director:  Ron Clements, John Musker

Produced by:  Peter Del Vecho, John Lasseter

Written by:  Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards

Stars:  Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, John Goodman, Bruno Campos, Michael-Leon Wooley, Peter Bartlett, Terrence Howard

The Plot / Story: When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town, a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and Naveen is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Avatar:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 18th

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

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  James Cameron

Produced by:  James Cameron, Jon Landau

Written by:  James Cameron

Stars:  Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Laz Alonso, Peter Mensah, Wes Studi

The Plot / Story: The Story: On a small moon called Pandora during the 22nd century a paralyzed Marine named Jake Sully volunteers to exist as an Avatar on Pandora due to the hostile atmosphere.  The avatar is a human/Na’vi hybrid.  The Na’vi are ten foot tall, blue humanoids that are peaceful inhabitants of the moon unless attacked.  Jake falling in love with a Na’vi princess and becomes caught up in the conflict between her people and the human military that is consuming their world.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Studio:  Sony Pictures Classics

Director:  Terry Gilliam

Produced by:  Samuel Hadida, Amy Gilliam, William Vince, Terry Gilliam

Written by:  Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown

Stars:  Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law

The Plot / Story: Thousand-year-old immortal Doctor Parnassus leads a travelling theatre troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession.Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil who now comes to collect on the arrangement.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Sherlock Holmes:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Guy Ritchie

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Steve Clark-Hall

Written by:  Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg

Stars:  Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, William Hope, Hans Matheson

The Plot / Story: Set in 1891 and revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Theater or Renter: November 2009

Theater or Renter: November includes eight SF movies 1/2 of them are books adapted into movies: A Christmas Carol, The Fourth Kind, 2012, Planet 51, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ninja Assassin, The Road.  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?

A Christmas Carol:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 6th

Listed as:  Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures

Director:  Robert Zemeckis

Produced by:  Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis

Written by:  Robert Zemeckis

Stars:  Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Molly C. Quinn

The Plot / Story: An animated retelling of the Victorian morality tale A Christmas Carol.  Ebenezer Scrooge an old and bitter miser undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Fourth Kind:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 6th

Listed as:  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Olatunde Osunsanmi

Produced by:  Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan

Written by:  Olatunde Osunsanmi

Stars:  Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

The Plot / Story: The Fourth Kind is a reenactment of alien abduction events that are claimed to have actually happened.  An investigator is dispatched to Nome, Alaska to puzzle out a 40-year-long mystery involving an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Her videotaped evidence looks to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

2012:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 13th

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Roland Emmerich

Produced by:  Roland Emmerich, Mark Gordon, Harald Kloser, Larry J. Franco, Ute Emmerich

Written by:  Harald Kloser, Roland Emmerich

Stars:  John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson

The Plot / Story: The film explores the idea of a global doomsday event coinciding with the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012.  In Guatemala reports start coming in of mass suicides in the Mayan jungles of people attempting to avoid the impending apocalypse.  A secret organization that realizes the world is ending and is constructing of vast arks beneath the Himalayan mountains to save both the Human race and significant animal species when doomsday finally happens.  The disaster strikes all over with super volcano and mega earthquakes from dramatic shifting in the earths crust.  A group of survivors, including Jackson Curtis and his family fight their way to China before they can board the great arks and save themselves from the gigantic tidal waves sweeping across the Earth. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Planet 51:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  TriStar Pictures

Director:  Jorge Blanco

Produced by:  Ignacio Perez Dolset, Guy Colins

Written by:  Joe Stillman

Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese

The Plot / Story: The film follows a human astronaut, Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first to set foot on it. However, he discovers it's inhabited by little green people who live in a white picket-fenced world reminiscent of 1950s America.  The inhabitants of planet 51 are struck with alien fear and Captain Baker struggles to survive and get off the planet before they capture him. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Studio:  Summit Entertainment

Director:  Chris Weitz

Produced by:  Mark Morgan, Wyck Godfrey

Written by:  Melissa Rosenberg (screen play)

Stars:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Plot / Story: Based on the book The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Fantastic Mr. Fox:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Studio:  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Allison Abbate, Steven Rales

Director:  Wes Anderson

Produced by:  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Allison Abbate, Steven Rales

Written by:  Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Stars:  George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Helen McCrory

The Plot / Story: Animated kids film based on Roald Dahl's book Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Mr. Fantastic lives next to the three meanest farmers who push too far.  Now it is time to strike back at them.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Ninja Assassin:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Studio:  Legendary Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment, Silver Pictures

Director:  James McTeigue

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Grant Hill

Written by:  Story: Matthew Sand  Screenplay: Matthew Sand, J. Michael Straczynski

Stars:  Rain, Naomie Harris

The Plot / Story: Raizo, kidnapped as a child and raised by the Ozunu Clan, is one of the world’s deadliest assassins.  When Raizo’s friend is executed by the clan, he flees into hiding.  Meanwhile, Mika Coretti, a Europol agent, retrieves secret agency files on The Clan. Finding out about the investigation, The Clan attempts to assassinate her, but she is rescued by Raizo.  Reemerging, seeking revenge he must find a way to take down the Ozunu Clan. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Road:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  2929 Productions

Director:  John Hillcoat

Produced by:  Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz

Written by:  Joe Penhall

Stars:  Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron

The Plot / Story: Based on the book The Road.  A father and his young son struggle to survive after an unspecified apocalypse and make their way toward the coast for possible food, shelter, safety, or to potentially find other survivors of the cataclysmic events. Along the way, they encounter grave struggles and hardships across the barren landscapes, with scarce shelter and resources available to them, and having to avoid bands of cannibals and other desperate gangs looking to pillage valuables and food. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Theater or Renter: October 2009

Theater or Renter: October 2009 includes five SF movies Zombieland, The Invention of Lying, Where the Wild Things Are, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Astro Boy. 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?

Zombieland:

Release Date: 2 October 2009

Listed as: Action, Comedy, Horror

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Ruben Fleischer

Produced by:  Gavin Polone

Written by:  Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese

Stars:  Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

The Plot / Story: A post-apocalyptic zombie comedy featuring a group of survivors crossing the zombie plague ravaged America as they fight back.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Invention of Lying:

Release Date: 2 October 2009

Listed as: Comedy, Fantasy

Studio:  Warner Bros., Universal Pictures

Director:  Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Produced by:  Ricky Gervais, Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst

Written by:  Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Stars:  Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey

The Plot / Story: Set in an alternate reality we ask what if everyone can only tell the truth except for a lone writer who tells the world's first lie and learns to wield it's power for personal gain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Where the Wild Things Are:

Release Date: 16 October 2009

Listed as: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Spike Jonze

Produced by:  Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John B. Carls, Vincent Landay

Written by:  Screenplay:  Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers  Picture book: Maurice Sendak

Stars:  Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker

The Plot / Story: Based on the Children's picture book by Maurice Sendak.  Follow the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max.  A rambunctious and sensitive boy, Max feels misunderstood at home.  When his mother sends him to his room for misbehaving he runs away.  Finding a boat he sails to an island inhabited by monsters called Wild things.  There they crown max as their ruler.   (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:

Release Date: 23 October 2009

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Paul Weitz

Produced by:  Lauren Shuler Donner

Written by:  Novel:  Darren Shan  Screenplay:  Brian Helgeland

Stars:  Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris

The Plot / Story: Based on the first three books of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.  A fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Astro Boy:

Release Date: OCTOBER 23rd

Listed as: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Director: David Bowers

Produced by: Maryann Garger

Written by: Timothy Harris

Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Madeline Carroll, Matt Lucas

The Plot / Story: Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost.  The new boy unable to meet the man's  expectations, he embarks on a journey in search of acceptance.  Becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, and experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Theater or Renter: September 2009

Theater or Renter: September includes eight SF movies Gamer, Carriers, 9, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Jennifer's Body, Surrogates, Pandorum, Astro Boy.  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?

Gamer:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 4th

Listed as:  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Produced by: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Skip Williamson

Written by: Neveldine/Taylor

Stars:  Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Logan Lerman, with Ludacris, and Kyra Sedgwick

The Plot / Story: It's 2034 and mind-control technology has taken society by storm.  A multiplayer on-line game called "Slayers" allows gamers to control human death row prisoners in mass-scale deathmatches. Any inmate who lives through 30 matches wins his freedom. Simon the current champion with 27 wins controls Kable who has lived through them all.  kable's ultimate challenge regaining his identity and independence by defeating the game's mastermind through launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Carriers:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 4th

Listed as:  Drama, Thriller, Horror

Studio:  Paramount Vantage

Director:  Àlex Pastor, David Pastor

Produced by:  Ray Angelic, Anthony Bregman

Written by:  Àlex Pastor, David Pastor

Stars:  Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Christopher Meloni

The Plot / Story: Four friends fleeing a virus pandemic find themselves stranded when their car breaks down in the wasteland, where the epidemic was spreading.  They soon find themselves battling the infected and desperate survivors, and eventually against each other as the decisions they must make to survive become increasingly more gruesome.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 9th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio:  Focus Features

Director:  Shane Acker

Produced by:  Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov

Written by:  Shane Acker (story), Pamela Pettler, Ben Gluck

Stars:  Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau

The Plot / Story: The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world’s machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down.  But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 18th

Listed as:  Animation, Family

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Produced by:  Pam Marsden

Written by:  Screenplay:  Phil Lord, Chris Miller  Book: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett

clooudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballsStars:  Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T

The Plot / Story: Based on the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  Scientist Flint Lockwood has a track record of creating unwanted or faulty inventions.  While trying to solve world hunger he develops a method to directly convert water into food and releases the mechanism on the world.  Hunger is eliminated as weather delivers food, but a problem of global proportions soon evolves when the food weather machine that Flint invented develops a mind of its own, and starts wreaking havoc on the world. Flint is now saddled with the task of stopping his maniac creation to stop the ensuing chaos.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Jennifer's Body:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 18th

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

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Matias Anaya

Produced by:  Daniel Dubiecki, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman

Written by:  Diablo Cody

Stars:  Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris

The Plot / Story: Jennifer, a sexy popular captain of the flag team ends up as the sacrifice in a Satanic ritual, held by a rock band, hoping that the sacrifice will increase their chances of getting a record deal. The ritual goes horribly wrong and Jennifer becomes possessed by a demon and begins to feed off of the boys in her high school—first seducing them to get close, and then eating them as meals. It's up to Jennifer's childhood friend to stop her from killing more of her classmates.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Surrogates:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 25th

Listed as: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  Touchstone Pictures

Director:  Jonathan Mostow

the-surrogates-novelProduced by:  David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Max Handelman

Written by:  John Brancato, Michael Ferris (screenplay), Robert Venditti (story)

Stars:  Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike,  James Cromwell, Ving Rhames

The Plot / Story: Based on comic book series The Surrogates.  In a future in which humans live in near-total isolation, never leaving the safety and comfort of their homes, and only communicating with their fellow man through remotely-controlled robotic bodies that serve as "surrogates", designed as better-looking versions of their human operators.  This utopian society starts to unravel with the first murder in years.  Bruce Willis is an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the first murder in years, however, when several humans are murdered as their surrogates are destroyed he has to venture outside the safety of his home for the first time in many years to solve the case.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Pandorum:

Release Date:  SEPTEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  Overture Films

Director:  Christian Alvart

Produced by:  Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer

Written by:  Travis Milloy, Christian Alvart

Stars:  Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster

The Plot / Story: They believe that they must be the only ones aboard the spacecraft, but can hear sounds coming from its center. Exploring the spacecraft, they encounter several other surviving crewmembers, and the astronauts start to learn that a terrible event has occurred on board which might affect the survival of the entire human race.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Theater or Renter: August 2009

Theater or Renter: August 2009 includes five SF movies G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, District 9, Ponyo, Shorts, Halloween II, The Final Destination.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the movie. 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?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

Release Date:  AUGUST 7th

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

Studio:  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Hasbro, Di Bonaventura Pictures

Director:  Stephen Sommers

Produced by:  Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Stephen Sommers

Written by:  Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett  Story: Michael B. Gordon, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers  Comic book: Larry Hama

Stars:  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, and Dennis Quaid

The Plot / Story: Ten years in the future the Cobra Organization raises to terrorize all nations of the earth.  With only one group to stop them Duke forms the G.I. Joe, a top secret team of elite soldiers.  Yo Joe!  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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District 9:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as: Sci-Fi

Studio:  WingNut Films, QED International, Key Creatives, Wintergreen Productions

Director:  Neill Blomkamp

Produced by:  Peter Jackson, Bill Block, Ken Kamins, Paul Hanson, Elliot Ferwerda

Written by:  Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars:  Jason Cope, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley

The Plot / Story: Twenty-eight years after their first contact the alien refugees, now living in District 9, welcome is wearing thin.  Their care is handed over to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare but very interested in getting their weapon tech to work unfortunately the tech requires alien DNA to work.  After an accident that changes Wikus van der Merwe's DNA the MNU field operative quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Ponyo:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Studio Ghibli

Director:  Hayao Miyazaki

Produced by:  Toshio Suzuki

Written by:  Hayao Miyazaki

Stars:  Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson

The Plot / Story: A juvenile fish named Ponyo wants to become a human girl.  In pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke and they go on a mad capped adventure together. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock:

Most refer to the name of this film as "Shorts"

Release Date:  AUGUST 21st

Listed as:  Family, Fantasy

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Robert Rodriguez

Produced by: Robert Rodriguez

Written by:  Robert Rodriguez

Stars:  Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy

The Plot / Story: Toe Thompson's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Can Toe and his two newfound friends save the residents of Black Falls from themselves? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Halloween II:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films

Director:  Rob Zombie

Produced by:  Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, Rob Zombie

Written by:  Rob Zombie

Stars:  Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor-Compton

The Plot / Story: Family Is Forever...  At least if your brother is Michael Myers.  He returns to his home town of Haddonfield, bringing death in his wake, to bring "closure to the secrets of his past". (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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The Final Destination:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Director:  David R. Ellis

Produced by:  Craig Perry, Warren Zide

Written by: Eric Bress

Stars:  Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Jessica Ritchie

The Plot / Story: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt,  to leave... escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one — in increasingly gruesome ways — Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film is shot in HD 3-D (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Theater or Renter: July 2009

Theater or Renter: July 2009 includes 5 SF movies Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G-Force, Orphan, Aliens in the Attic,.  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?

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs:

Release Date:  1 July 2009

Listed as:  Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Produced by: Lori Forte, John Donkin

Written by: Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman, Yoni Brenner

Stars: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Chris Wedge

The Plot / Story: After the events of Ice Age: The Meltdown, life begins to change for Mannyand his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and his new wife Ellie are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in an underground world where dinosaurs roam free, and where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with a weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

Release Date:  15 July 2009

Listed as:  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: David Yates

Produced by: David Heyman, David Barron

Written by: Screenplay: Steve Kloves, Novel: J. K. Rowling

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Helen McCrory

The Plot / Story: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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G-Force:

Release Date:  24 July 2009

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Studio:  Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Director: Hoyt Yeatman

Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer

Written by: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan, Will Arnett, Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis

The Plot / Story: A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Orphan:

Release Date:  24 July 2009

Listed as:  Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Dark Castle Entertainment

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Produced by: Joel Silver, Susan Downey

Written by: Screenplay: David Leslie Johnson, Story: Alex Mace

Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett

The Plot / Story: A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Aliens in the Attic:

Release Date:  31 July 2009

Listed as:  Adventure, Fantasy

Studio: Regency Enterprises

Director: John Schultz

Produced by: Barry Josephson

Written by: Mark Burton, Adam F. Goldberg

Stars: Robert Hoffman, Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler

The Plot / Story: In Maine, a group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Exploring: Year One

year-one-posterYear One is a Jack Black adventure, comedy, alternate history movie.  When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they embark on a journey through their ancient world. Along the way, they encounter Adam and Eve, Cain and Abe, and Abraham. I like Jack Black and find most of his movies to be very entertaining in their least.  The premise of Year One did not excite me nor intrigue me yet the trailer did make me laugh.

This is a renter and I suspect could even be a good movie.  I'm wondering if it will be just fluff or if this will be like Kung Fu Panda and have great messages, be entertaining, make me laugh and just all around be an edifying experience.

Let me know what you think.  Will you go to see Year One in the theater on June 19, 2009 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: June 2009

Theater or Renter: June 2009 includes five SF movies Land of the Lost, Imagine That, Year One, Dead Snow: (Død snø), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  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?

Land of the Lost:

Release Date: JUNE 5th

Listed as: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Brad Silberling

Produced by: Sid and Marty Krofft, Jimmy Miller

Written by: Chris Henchy, Dennis McNicholas, Television Series: Sid and Marty Krofft

Stars: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone

The Plot / Story: A disgraced paleontologist, his assistant, and a macho tour guide who find themselves in a strange, alternate world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people and reptilian Sleestaks.  Land of the Lost is a parody retelling of the original 1974 TV series Land of the Lost.  They changed the Holly character into a research assistant to allow for more risque humor and Will becomes an unrelated survivalist.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Imagine That:

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Release Date: JUNE 12th

Listed as: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Studio: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies

Director: Karey Kirkpatrick

Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ed Solomon

Written by: Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Martin Sheen

The Plot / Story: A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Year One:

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Release Date: JUNE 19th

Listed as: Adventure, Comedy

Studio: Apatow Productions

Director: Harold Ramis

Produced by: Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Nicholas Weinstock

Written by: Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg

Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria

The Plot / Story: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they embark on a journey through their ancient world. Along the way, they encounter Adam and Eve, Cain and Abe, and Abraham. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Dead Snow:  (Død snø)

Release Date: JUNE 19th  [limited]

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Horror

Studio: IFC Films

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Produced by: Harald Zwart

Written by:

Stars: Jeppe Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan

The Plot / Story: A group of Norwegian medical students go to a cabin up in the mountains for an Easter vacation. Unfortunately, the area they are staying in was used by the Nazis in the German occupation of Norway during World War II. The Nazis raped and pillaged the locals and stole all their gold, until the locals chased the Nazis up the mountains, where they supposedly froze to death. The medical students find a box of gold in the cabin they are staying in, which had belonged to the Nazis. As a result, Nazi zombies come back to reclaim their gold, with a deadly result.(Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:

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Release Date: JUNE 24th

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures

Director: Michael Bay

Produced by: Steven Spielberg (executive), Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy

Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Ehren Kruger

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro

The Plot / Story: Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Exploring: Drag Me to Hell

drag-me-to-hell-posterDrag Me to Hell is about a loan officer who is ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse which turns her life into a living nightmare. Desperate, she turns to a seer for help, and learns she only has a short period of time before she is literally ushered into Hell.  It hits theaters May 29.

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  • Sam Rami writes, directs, and produces this horror movie and so I'm very interested in it.

    Drag Me to Hell is Sam Rami's return to horror movies in 22 years which has generated a lot of buzz and curiosity.  His last horror movie was Evil Dead II.

    I have hopes that it will avoid some of the more common mistakes of horror like showing too much too early and not using the audiences imagination to make the tale personally scary.  It's received good early reviews and if I have time this would also be a theater for me.

    Let me know what you think, watch the trailer below.  Will you go to see Drag me to Hell  in the theater or rent it?  If you have seen it in the theater should I go see it and why?

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    Exploring: Night at the Museum 2 Battle of the Smithsonian

    night_at_the_museum_2_posterNight at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian is the second in the Night at the Museum movies.  In it we follow security guard Larry Daley as he infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. I really enjoyed the first Night at the Museum movie but I'm not holding my breath for this one.  From the trailers it looks like one badly repeated stale joke after another.  What worries me the most is that I only chuckled once at  one moment from the trailers.  My rationale is that trailers tend to feature the best the movie has to offer and if that is their best I'm not impressed.  The early reviews have only supported this concern.

    I'm doubting if I will even rent this movie.  More then likely I will be made to watch it by family and expect to only enjoy the moments spent with family during that time.

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    Let me know what you think.  Will you go to see Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian  in the theater on May 22, 2009 or rent it?  If you have seen it in the theater should I go see it and why?


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    Exploring: Terminator Salvation

    terminator-salvation-posterTerminator: Salvation is the next installment in the Terminator franchise.  It takes place during John Connor's freedom fighter days as he leads the resistance against the Skynet and the robot army.  In his attempt to defeat Skynet and its army of Terminators by Marcus Wright, a man who apparently has been rescued from the past, though Connor wonders if instead he’s been sent from the future as a foil to his plan. As Connor and Wright push deep into the heart of Skynet, they get closer and closer to learning the secret behind the organization’s mission to wipe humankind off the planet. I loved the first two Terminator movies becoming a fan of the story and setting.  It was the best of both worlds great action with killer robots and good speculative fiction.  Then the third movie happened which moved the franchise away from any good "what if" and into pure boring action.  I originally had a lot of hope with this movie exploring John Connor's adult years and getting back into the setting returning the franchise back to what made it so great... after some of the early reviews and McG's talks that hope is swiftly slipping.

    I put this one into the caution category.  I will watch it in the theater to review it but recommend for others to wait until the reviews are in.  My hopes is Terminator will turn out to be like Star Trek in quality rather than X-Men Wolverine.

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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

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    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)

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    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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