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. Keep in mind that Redemption Road is somewhat one of those features because it is only playing in three theaters in and near Austell right now. The main films out this weekend that will have a lot of box office appeal are Colombiana, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and Our Idiot Brother. 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!
Colombiana is a trailer this writer has seen on and off through my television set for a couple of week’s now. In a lot of ways this looks to be the typical assassin film. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact a lot of films in that particular genre can be amazing given the right direction. In fact, this writer has high hopes for this film since Colombiana derives from the writers of Taken (2008) and the creator of both Le Femme Nikita (1990) and Leon: The Professional (1994). The synopsis surrounds Cataleya Restrepo’s (Zoe Saldana) witnessing the death of her parents as a young child in Bogota. When Resptrepo grows up she becomes a stone-cold assassin and even works for her uncle, Emilio Restrepo (Cliff Curtis) as a hitman. During her personal time she still takes charge in an assassin role by committing vigilante murders. Her hope is to eventually find the crime boss who was responsible for her parents death and take that person’s life. Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter writes that the film is “conceived as a sort of follow up to Besson’s La Femme Nikita, the scenario (co-written by regular Robert Mark Kamen, creator of The Karate Kid) nonetheless lacks whatever subtlety could have been found in the much artier 1990 thriller, which combined killer looks and pyrotechnics in fascinating ways.” While the high hopes were there, Mintzer manages to kill those hopes in one well delivered statement. Whether or not Colombiana was meant to be the perfect type of film for the big screen does not mean the film is worth your cash this weekend. For Jordan Mintzer’s full review please click here.
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Colombiana trailer via SonyPictures @ Youtube.com.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
On August 15, 2011, I labeled as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark as the trailer of the week. As stated in part of that article, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of the 1973 American film of the same name. From the trailer, one can deduct that the film is about a family who has moved into a dilapidated house together. Audiences also quickly realize that this house is haunted. The people that have moved into the house are the father Alex (Guy Pearce), his daughter Sally (Bailee Madison), and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes). According to the IMDB, the daughter is sent to live with her father, which a reasoning is not given as of yet. This writer is actually thankful that this tidbit has not been given away in the trailer as most aspects of a film can be these days. At the beginning of the trailer, an older man even tells them that a child should not be living at the place that the two adults have obviously invested in. Despite the fact that this writer is always bothered by the fact that people never listen to the older man in these type of films and leave immediately, does not deter me from wanting to see the film. This film seems to be receiving a bit of mixed reviews. Roger Ebert writes, “The shadows are deep and dark, and the screws in the grating of the flue seem to turn themselves, and no one will pay attention to little Sally, and somewhere in the audience will be a kid who gets inspired to make his own horror films,” and gives the film almost a full four stars. On the other hand, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman states, “The spirits, heralded by echoey whispers (”Sall-eee! Now you’ll see what it’s like down here!”), are a small, scurrying army of 10-inch-tall, humpbacked simian beasties who look like they came out of a CGI demo reel. There’s no mystery to them, which may be why there’s no fear.” Gleiberman also grades the film with a C-. This writer finds it hard to believe that this film is all that bad, especially under the influence of Guillermo del Toro so this is one I say judge for oneself. For Roger Ebert’s full review please click here. For Owen Gleiberman’s full review please click here.
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark trailer via hollywoodstreams @ Youtube.com.
Our Idiot Brother
This writer must confess that in terms of most Paul Rudd films I am on top of things. He is one of those talented people that I tend to follow, so when a friend of mine told me to check out the trailer for Our Idiot Brother, needless to say, this writer did. Granted, some people feel if the trailer makes one laugh that all the laughs are scattered within the trailer. Something tells me this will not be the case with Our Idiot Brother. The film surrounds Ned (Paul Rudd), who is arrested for dealing pot to an uniformed police officer. Once being released from prison, Ned intrudes in his three sisters lives. Those sisters include Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), who cannot figure out her own life enough to move forward in it, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), who is the career driven one, and Liz (Emily Mortimer), who appears to have the perfect marriage, but does not. The sisters, at least according to the trailer, get annoyed rather quickly with Ned and cannot figure out how he remains so idealistic. Something tells me eventually they realize the need to calm down a bit in their own lives and really begin to live life instead of merely moving forward in what has been deemed the correct way to do so. Ebert offers high praise for not only the movie by giving the film three stars, but Paul Rudd as well by writing, “This movie wouldn’t work without Paul Rudd. He walks such a fine line.” Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly also gives the film a higher grade of a B+ and states that, “As Ned would say — sincerely, beatifically, with no embarrassment that Woodstock is so 42 years ago: Far out. Right on. Peace,” but also feels that the ending should not be a fluff filled, since the finale at Sundance is different than what is being revealed to audiences in theaters. Either way, something tells this writer this film is a safe bet for a lot of laughs this weekend so take the chance and splurge to see the genius that can be produced from those actors within the film, especially Paul Rudd. For Roger Ebert’s full review please click here. For Lisa Schwarzbaum’s full review please click here.
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Our Idiot Brother trailer is located to the left of the article.
Redemption Road has an art house feel to it. Considering the recognition the film has garnered on the festival circuit, there is obviously good reason for praise and to view this feature. According to the trailer, Redemption Road, take two very different men in Augy (Michael Clarke Duncan) and Jefferson Bailey (Morgan Simpson) and pair them up in a music inspired journey through Southern America. In order to escape from his debts, Bailey ends up on what seems to be a road trip from Austin, TX and Huntsville, AL. Over music, an unlikely friendship is forged between Augy and Bailey. When Bailey returns to his hometown, truths are brought to light which inevitably change both men and those around them forever. Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter writes that “Van Peebles’ storytelling is supple, brilliantly augmented by the sure-handed editing of Mark Conte, who blends the narrative into the textures and cadences of the film’s music.” This is one of those features that oddly enough is being shown in three cinemas in and near Austell currently. One is the Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell so one does not have to drive out to Kennesaw or into Atlanta unless a person absolutely wants to. However, they might have to if they wait very long to see the feature or the film does not perform well at the theaters one can currently see Redemption Road. If art house pieces are not your thing, at least take the time to view the film when the feature is released on DVD. Granted, this writer has no idea when that will be, but by the looks of this movie, one owes it to themselves to view it. For Duane Byrge’s full review please click here.
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Redemption Road 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, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark or Our Idiot Brother 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!