This Weekend At The Movies (Jan. 13-15)

This weekend brings us a few options at the theater but nothing that really stands out as a must see.

CONTRABAND

MP’s PICK OF THE WEEK

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur.  Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Lukas Hass, Amber Gaiennie and Giovanni Ribisi.

Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling – full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs-where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.  Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best – running contraband – to settle Andy’s debt.  Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills.  Things quickly fall apart and they find themselves running out of time.

This is easily the one film out of the bunch that I’d go see but I’m just not immensely enthusiastic for it.  I like Marky Mark, as well as other members of the cast, but it feels like this story has been done many times over.  However, I’m perfectly fine with giving the film a shot and, despite being derivative, hope that it delivers in entertainment value.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

Limited Engagement

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.  Featuring the voices of Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bradley Pierce and Angela Lansbury.

Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced affections of the conceited brute, Gaston.  The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love.  A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet and they discover the true meaning of love.

I’m not the world’s biggest animated Disney fan but I actually do like Beauty and the Beast.  It has a nice dark atmosphere to it that I enjoyed on top of being involving and fun.  Disney is releasing a 3D version of the film in theaters, capitalizing on the success of The Lion King 3D.  I don’t think I’d see this in the theater, I own it on blu-ray, but I’m a little intrigued to see the story in three dimensions.  However, it’s a 3D conversion and, while it might be a good one, I don’t know that I need to pay $15 to see this.  This should be a good movie to go to with the whole family though and seeing as how there isn’t really much competition in that area this weekend, it’ll probably get some good attendance.

THE IRON LADY

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen, Alexandra Roach, Olivia Colman and Anthony Stewart Head.

The story of a woman, Margaret Thatcher, who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.  The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power it.  It is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

So this film no doubt will be of interest to quite a few people, but I just can’t seem to buy into the film.  I think the story itself is one that is worth watching from a historical point of view as well as for the struggle of women trying to break into a male-dominated society.  The issue I have with the movie is Meryl Streep.  I actually don’t have a problem with her as an actress.  I think she is talented but when I watch the trailer I feel like I could be watching Meryl Streep doing an SNL impression of the woman.  I honestly don’t know if I should be impressed or chuckle at her performance.  Perhaps the trailer doesn’t do her performance justice but I find it hard to garner enthusiasm to sit through the film.  On the plus side though, Giles himself, Anthony Stewart Head, is in the film and that may be enough to get me to sit in on the movie, though probably not until it hits blu-ray.

JOYFUL NOISE

Written and directed by Todd Graff.  Starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance and Kris Kristofferson.

Joyful Noise is the story of a small town choir out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds.  A story of faith and determination by the choir leaders and the young talent who give their all to win God’s praise and beat the competition for the grand prize.

I think it’s pretty to safe I won’t be seeing this movie.  I have zero interest in it.  Then again, I am not its targeted demographic.  If you like Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah or singing, then perhaps this is a movie for you.  Yea, I don’t have much to say on this one.

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2 Comments on “This Weekend At The Movies (Jan. 13-15)”

  1. NICK January 16, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I didn’t even REALIZE that Anthony Stewart Head is in The Iron Lady! Not enough to get me in a seat, but totally enough for a Netflix add! (Bummer that the show Free Agents didn’t work out..)

    • Ben McBride January 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Yea, Free Agents was starting to get pretty funny.. sad.

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