Upcoming Theatrical Releases
The Best Man Holiday
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
R; 123 mins.
After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Soul Food), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) will produce alongside Lee for The Sean Daniel Company. (Synopsis by Universal Pictures)
Somebody seriously needs to get Tyler Perry to stop making—wait. What? This isn’t a Tyler Perry project? The first film wasn’t awful, but this has all the trappings of a mistake. This seems too generic to be worth the price. Rent it.
Dallas Buyers Club
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
R; 117 mins.
Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (Synopsis by Focus Features)
Whether it is the subject matter or the intensity, this is going to be too much for some viewers. Those people will be missing out on one of the better movies of the year. McConaughey is stunning in the role, which might be his best work. See it.
Upcoming DVD Releases
Man of Steel
Director: Zack Snyder
PG-13; 143 mins.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. (Synopsis by Warner Bros.)
This was the movie that was supposed to save the Superman franchise. Instead, it took a grittier take on it, one that didn’t work as well as the Batman reboot. Comic fans will enjoy it more than the average theater patron, but this just doesn’t feel particularly fun. Replacing the inherent silliness of the Superman mythos with more fight scenes does not necessarily make for a better film. Rent it.
Director: Darren Lemke
PG; 95 mins.
A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. (Synopsis by IMDB)
A silly film that is surprisingly enjoyable for the little heads and the adults in charge. There is nothing spectacular or groundbreaking here, but you don’t really need that for this kind of animated story. “Turbo” recognizes that and delivers. Rent it.
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