Looking for something to rent this weekend? Well your local Redbox may have the answer. Here’s what was new this week.
Paranormal Activity 3 (Rated R) – 2011’s annual entry in the popular “found-footage” horror series. This outing steps back in to the past as we see the sisters’ childhood encounters with evil force that will lead up to the events of the first two films. If you’re a fan of the series, you’re going to want to see this, but go in with lowered expectations as it’s just not as good a movie as the first two films.
Real Steel (Rated PG-13) – Starring Hugh Jackman as a former boxer turned robot fighter, Real Steel is a Rocky for the next generation. Set amidst a world where robots battle for human entertainment, Charlie Kenton is trying to relive his glory days and reconnect with a son he abandoned as a child. Real Steel is the perfect rental for a night of popcorn and fun. While it’s rated PG-13, I took my nine-year-old and didn’t have a problem with him watching it. He recently told me it was his favorite movie of the year.
50/50 (Rated R) – Produced by and costaring Seth Rogan, 50/50 is based on a true story about a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who develops a possibly fatal form of cancer and how he deals with his friends and family. This is a sweet and touching story that is also really funny. It’s another great performance by Gordon-Levitt and one of Rogan’s best, as well.
Final Destination 5 (Rated R) – At what point do we stop call a movie with four sequels (and probably more) Final? If you’re a fan of the series, you know what to expect. One of the characters will get a vision of impending doom (this time it’s a bridge collapse) and will save his friends…only to be picked off one-by-one by death because everyone knows, you can’t cheat death. While the formula hasn’t changed since the first film, the movies are creative (in their killings) and must-see for fans of the horror genre, and this fifth outing doesn’t disappoint.
Restless (Rated PG-13) – Annabelle is a young girl suffering from terminally ill cancer though you’d never know it from her bright outlook; Enoch has basically dropped out of life after his parents were killed in a car crash. After meeting at a funeral, the two become odd friends and help each other reconnect with life. Directed by Gus van Sant and starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, this is a brilliant movie about embracing life even in the midst of our suffering. I highly recommend this film.
Flypaper (Not rated) – Tripp (Patrick Dempsey) heads into a bank just before closing time when two different bank robbers choose this particular branch to rob. The movie is a screwball comedy that features Ashley Judd and Octavia Spencer as tellers. There are lots of twists and turns and silliness as the two groups of robbers try to keep the hostages in check and work out their differences. While Flypaper isn’t a great movie, it’s a decent one and worth a rental.
In the Name of the King 2 (Rated R) – Few words strike more fear in the hearts of cinephiles than “A Uwe Boll film.” While the infamous director only produced this film, it’s everything you expect from a Uwe Boll film – horrendous story, bad acting (lead here by Dolph Lundgren), terrible special effects. Save your money and avoid this movie.
Tales of an Ancient Empire (Rated R) – One word best describes this movie – trainwreck. While it’s visually interesting and has an interesting soundtrack, this sword-and-sorcery-epic-wannabe is horrible. Bad acting and terrible dialogue make it almost unwatchable.
Also available this week:
The Perfect Student (Rated R) – A popular girl on the campus is murdered and her roommate is the prime suspect. Only her criminology professor believes she isn’t guilty and soon finds her own life in jeopardy as she tries to prove her innocence.
A Simple Promise (Not Rated) – A struggling artist and an undiscovered singer meet and form a romance. After her career starts to take off, she becomes pregnant and they must decide what this means for their futures.
The Fairies: Fairy Dancing (TV) – Rhapsody and Harmony spend the day with their friends dancing and singing. I have no idea.
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