This week in Austell, the movies opening appear to be a mixture of films. As we know though, every weekend there are films that are released audiences on a grand scale know of and other films that are set in such limited releases we have to drive out of our way if we’ve even heard of them. Sadly there are not any films of the sort in limited release this week. The main films out this weekend that will have a lot of box office appeal are Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. These films are currently at Movies 278 and Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell, in addition to various theaters in the Atlanta. Are these films worth seeing this weekend? Lets find out!
Conan the Barbarian
This is the day I must confess not being a big fan of the Arnold Schwarzenegger version of Conan the Barbarian (1982). I assume that people either love this story or hate it and this writer is definitely in the latter group. In short, the film is about a fierce Cimmerian warrior. While his quest begins with a different vendetta in mind, he soon realizes that in order to save the great nations of Hyboria from evil he most fight against rivels, monsters, and what most would deem impossible odds. To me this seems like a glorified monster flick in many ways. Granted, every now and then this is not a bad thing, but none of this holds my interest or desire this go around. Roger Ebert has stated that “‘Conan the Barbarian’ is a brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.” He is not the only critic that has given the film a unfavorable review either. Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film the grade letter C and says, “there’s something and nothing for everyone in Conan the Barbarian 3D, right down to the afterthought 3-D itself, which brings nothing to the experience except a ticket-price bump.” These reviews do not surprise me, but something tells me fans of the original feature will flock to theaters in hopes for an awesome remake. Keep in mind that the use of 3D is not worth it though, because if this film is as bad as people are saying at least one will have a couple of extra dollars in their wallet to do something fun later on. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Lisa Schwarzbaum’s full review please click here.
Showtimes in and around Austell.
Conan the Barbarian trailer via AllianceFilms @ Youtube.com.
Upon the rumors that Fright Night was going to be remade, most of the horror film community groaned. This is how it is with most remakes these days though. No genre can escape the current raping of most materials from the eighties that should not even be considered for remakes yet. Despite this being one of those eighties films, this writer was excited anyway. One, I have been a big fan of Colin Farrell since Phone Booth (2002). Anyone who can keep me entertained for an hour in one setting is a pretty terrific actor in my book. Two, I was excited someone finally cast the man as a vampire, which I have been stating should have happened YEARS ago. Thankfully, he is a vampire in this film instead of the Twilight films. No offense Twihards. Now that I have gushed about Mr. Farrell, let me talk about the plot. The synopsis is about a teenager, Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), who believes that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Like in every vampire film, no one believes him so he is forced to enlist the help of the only person who does believe in Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to take down Jerry and end the string of deaths occurring in his neighborhood. Now this writer knows that most 2D ventures these days have a 3D counterpart, but DO NOT fall into the trap. Not only do most 3D features not end up having added affects that makes the surcharge worth one’s money, but as stated at the end of Roger Ebert’s review “the 3-D process diminishes a film’s light level by at least 20 percent, and this film of course depends on many night scenes and dimly lit interiors.” Keep in mind he also said that “as vampire movies go, “Fright Night” is a pretty good one.” Considering his unfavorable reviews toward most horror films this is an excellent statement coming from him. For another opinion though from someone who reviews mostly horror films, the online blog of Mr. Frights, there is a more than favorable review. Mr. Frights states, “I don’t think there was a time in my life where a remake took me so by surprise and body slammed all my expectations producing such an amazing film.” With such favorable markings, why miss out on this remake? Besides, there are not many remakes that get decent reviews yet alone ones that say they are amazing. Take the time if you are a fan of the original not to doubt and venture into a theater this weekend. Something tells me this will be a viewing experience one will not regret. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For Mr. Fright’s full review please click here.
Showtimes in and around Austell.
Fright Night trailer can be viewed to the left of this article.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Normally critics are more than willing to rip kid features a new one. In many ways, this is difficult for me because the film was made and targeted to children. At the same time, I understand a critics reasoning for doing so. In my opinion, if a child starts out watching decent cinema then he or she will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. Of course there will be guilty pleasures along the way, but there is not a single person alive who does not have a guilty pleasure on their shelves at home. With that being said, this writer was still shocked to see Spy Kids: All the Time in the World trailers on my television set at all. The original three films are not horrible by any means. These films are made for a younger audience, but they do provide laughs for the adults generally. On Atlanta’s Bert Show this morning, Bert Weiss himself stated that to be able to watch a film with one’s kids and be able to laugh with them is always a good thing. The synopsis of the new Spy Kids film is about a retired spy who gets called back into action. Trying to be a mom first, and in an attempt to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the ride in order to stop the current evil nemesis Timekeepr from taking over the world. The fact that Jeremy Piven plays the villain in this feature gives this writer something to look forward to upon eventually viewing this one day. While this is not going to be the film to get me in theaters this weekend, this writer is excited for kids who have enjoyed the previous installments. Something tells me if this is as interesting and well put together as the other ones, as Piven insisted this morning on The Bert Show during his interview, children and adults alike will be pleased to have ventured into the theater this weekend.
Showtimes in and around Austell.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World trailer via movieclipsTRAILERS @ Youtube.com.
For theaters near you check out this extensive link to various theaters around Atlanta. For locations near and in Austell the safe bets are always Movies 278 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell. And if you’re wondering what trailers tickle my fancy, Fright Night seems the way to go this weekend. No matter what you choose, remember to be informed in your decision making! Have a great weekend no matter what you see, folks!