This Weekend At The Movies (Aug 19-21)

There are actually quite a few releases this week. Plenty of wide release movies to choose from and a few in limited release as well.


(MP’s Pick of the Week)

Directed by Craig Gillespie.  Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette and David Tennant.

A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent, a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry.

I love the original Fright Night.  It’s a great 80s horror film with some awesomely fun special makeup effects.  So when I heard they were doing a remake, which really should come as no surprise with all the remakes happening, I just couldn’t help but think how unnecessary it is.  But then I heard Marti Noxon (writer of episodes of Buffy and Mad Men) was scripting the film and I became intrigued.  I do find myself wanting to see this film but I know that it’s not going to be able to capture the 80s era magic of the original and I’m certain the Evil Ed and Peter Vincent characters won’t be able to measure up to their original counterparts.  I think I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve stopped worrying about how a new remake might sully the original film because the fact of the matter is, it won’t.  I will always love the original Fright Night and this new one will not change that fact.  So I look forward to seeing if this new film will be enjoyable, that’s really all I ask for.  If you are going to see the movie, feel free to check it out in 3D.  It was shot in 3D so you shouldn’t have to worry about any conversion problems.


Directed by Marcus Nispel.  Starring Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan and Ron Perlman.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds.  Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Here is another remake being released this weekend.  This one I’m definitely less excited for.  In fact, this movie coming out actually makes me want to rent the original film and watch that instead (I’ve not seen John Milius’ version either).  I’ve heard the original is actually a pretty good movie.  I will admit though that the remake is a bit of curiousity, just not enough so to want to pay to see it in the theater.  I just don’t trust that the people making this film were as concerned for something of any great depth.  The film is advertising heavily that it is in 3D but I just want to point out that this is a post-converted 3D film.  So given that and the less than stellar reviews, it might be wise to pay for a 2D screening of the film instead.


Directed by Lone Scherfig.  Starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson.

On July 15th, 1988, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew begin a friendship that will last a lifetime after spending one day together.  For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears.  As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.

I have nothing against this movie but lack an interest in seeing the film.  The story actually sounds kind of intriguing and I like Anne Hathaway but I don’t really care for Jim Sturgess.  I haven’t seen any reviews for the film but I could easily see this being a great date night option for some people.  Perhaps if you see the film, you can leave a comment and tell me whether or not you thought the film was worth a look.


Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez.  Starring Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Alexa Vega and Danny Trejo.

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Anyone who’s ever seen any of the Spy Kids movies knows that these films are made on the cheap.. and it shows.  I’ve only seen Spy Kids 3D and only because Sylvester Stallone played the villain (I’m an unapologetic fan of Stallone okay!).  I came out of that film thinking that it really represented the lowest of low-budget widely-released films and to say that it was bad would be an understatement.  But despite the low quality of Rodriguez’s kid films, I have to respect him for trying to bring a sense of fun to the theater going experience with the addition of the Aromascope 4D gimmick.  What is Aromascope?  Well, in addition to the 3D visuals, each person seeing the film will be given a scratch and sniff card that they will use at certain points in the film to be able to smell what is on screen.  This is a pretty low rent addition to make it 4D, but from a young kid’s point of view, this actually might be really fun.  So while adults may find the whole movie to be a bit of a chore to watch, the kiddies should have some fun with this film.


(Limited Release)

Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.  Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup and Aidan Quinn.

In modern-day Paris, a journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.

This film actually premiered in 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival and then subsequently released in France and other international markets.  It was only recently brought over this year to the U.S. by the Weinstein Company.  You can check out the trailer by clicking on the poster to the left.  It looks like it could be pretty interesting and it will definitely appeal to frequenters of independent/arthouse cinema.


(Limited Release)

Written and directed by Leon Ford.  Starring Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody and Marshall Napier.

Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.

I saw the trailer for this film a few months ago and instantly wanted to see it.  We have a lot of superhero films out now and this one seems a little different.  It looks more interested in dealing with character and the love story than it does in telling a stereotypical superhero story.  I highly encourage you to click on the poster to head over to the official site and watch the trailer for yourself.  While over there, you can also find out if the movie will be released in your city.  Im jealous of the people in those few cities and hope it comes my way in the near future.


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