Upcoming Theatrical Releases
Director: Shawn Levy
PG-13; 119 mins
Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (Synopsis by IMBD)
There is always that one guy at every party that keeps trying the same joke on everyone. For hours he’ll keep at it, oblivious to how much everyone cringes when he makes eye contact. This film is that guy: a one-note comedy that should have went straight to video.
Director: James DeMonaco
R; 85 mins
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-includingmurder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (Synopsis by Universal)
Check out my review on The Dagger later this week.
The Kings of Summer
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
R, 92 mins
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from. (Synopsis by CBS Films)
An overly-typical suburban indie coming-of-age film. It is easy enough to like, but has been done better (i.e. “Stand By Me”). The best thing that might come out of this film is a new crop of young acting talent.
Upcoming DVD Releases
A Good Day to Die Hard
Director: John Moore
R; 97 mins
John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces. (Synopsis by IMBD)
Remember everything that was good about the “Die Hard” franchise. This ruins that. Someone must have realized how bad this was early on and cut the production budget. Much like “Rocky V,” it’s better to pretend this never happened.
Escape from Planet Earth
Director: Callan Brunker
PG; 89 mins
The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip. (Synopsis by Weinstein)
This one will only amuse children young enough to be entranced by shiny objects and bright colors. Sure to be a cult classic among stoners.