|$||70.1M||Star Trek Into Darkness|
|$||35.7M||Iron Man 3|
|$||23.9M||The Great Gatsby (2013)|
|$||3.2M||Pain & Gain|
|As of May 22, 2013|
Director JJ Abrams has outdone himself. Star Trek: Into Darkness wields a cast that is second to none. It is a superb action/adventure thriller. Star Trek totaled a whopping 71 million dollars at the Box Office during its opening non-holiday weekend debut. Yet, despite all of these accolades, Star Trek fans are seething over what they have just witnessed. Abrams has modernized and monetized their favorite franchise. What could possibly disturb Trekky purists about that? What indeed.
The movie Pawn starring Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and the magnificent Michael Chiklis is not one's humdrum organized crime dramatic thriller. There are so many layers waiting to be unraveled by director David A. Armstrong that one wonders if he employed the old industrial Spinning Jenny to manufacture the story in the first place. Crucial elements of the plot are revealed in backward, forward, horizontal, vertical and in diagonal order. Although this mish-mashing of the order will not deter viewers from coming to a full understanding of whodunit and why, it still complicates that which should not be mysterious. This categorically un-categorical movie (Pawn) is saved only by a spirited performance from Michael Chiklis as the fiery villain.
I Give It a Year is a British movie that is abundant in laughs and yet thoroughly bewildering in its outcome. Writer/director Dan Mazer seems to drag audiences in one direction only to sweep the rug out from under their collective feet. This is not a criticism folks, it is a testament to Mazer's willingness to shake things up for the sake of offering a truly fresh and original story. The movie I Give It a Year is thoroughly satisfying and it is not a little bit hysterical!
The movie Iron Man 3 3D: Extremis is a new age classic. The actors (Pearce, Favreau, Paltrow, Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr.) have never looked better. If there are any loopholes in the screenplay please do not blame Drew Pearce or Shane Black. The script for the movie is derivative of the various comics and graphic novels similarly titled. Iron Man the character does not live in a vacuum. His likeness is virtually everywhere and his popularity is multiplying exponentially. The movie Iron Man 3 3D: Extremis is, dare I utter the words, the best Iron Man movie yet.
Released on May 7 of this week, the movie Jack Reacher DVD is nothing short of phenomenal. Given the paramount (pun intended) success of his two most recent films, and his history of being one of the all-time greats, the public needs to forget about Tom Cruise's perceived sins and embrace his talent for what it is. Choosing to portray Jack Reacher, a rogue ex-military do-gooder/guerilla problem solver, proved to be an adept decision for the much maligned star. Based on the series of novels written by Lee Child, the movie Jack Reacher on DVD is part detective story and part action thriller. At times (thanks to Warner Herzog) the movie even borderlines on being a horror flick. What is absolute is that buying or renting Jack Reacher on iTunes or on DVD or on Blu-ray or on Amazon, or selecting it on Netflix will make your weekend extra satisfying.
Disney Pixar just sent us a link to their brand new Monster's University Mother's Day Video!!! Click "Read More" for autoplay of this trailer from Disney.
Double feature at the cineplex folks! Our feature films are The Oranges starring Oliver Platt (from "The Big C") and megastar Hugh Laurie (a.k.a. Dr. Gregory House). Our second movie of the evening is The Guilt Trip starring Seth Rogen and a rejuvenated Barbara Streisand. Both The Guilt Trip and The Oranges are fascinating movies and they are strange bedfellows to be sure. These two pictures have nothing in common other than their self-aggrandizing spectacular movie reviewer!
Based on the cult novel by Max Smart, and directed by Aram Rappaport, the movie Syrup is as zany as the comedy of Chris Farley and as outrageous as the cringing productions by the Farrelly Brothers. Starring Johnny Depp's lover, actress Amber Heard, Syrup is the type of movie that will leave viewers scratching their heads. Did they just consume a movie about slick marketing and learn about how the unsuspecting human mind is manipulated; or have audiences just watched something shallow and begrudgingly clownish? The answer is far more nebulous than committing to a simple yes or no reply. At the very least, and if for no other reason, Syrup is an important movie for Amber Heard and that is reason enough for critics to examine it punctiliously.
21 and Over is one of the all-time funniest college movies. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Miles Teller, Skylar Austin, Justin Chin and Sarah Wright, 21 and Over is just what the doctor ordered. Sure, this particular pseudo-physician might just be Dr. Pepper, but his advice is still both rational and expert. On a more serious note, this particular comedy movie is about three high school best friends that have decided (knowingly and unknowingly) to reunite on Jeff Chang's (Chou) 21st birthday. The hilarity that ensues is legendary.
The Details with Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks is purportedly a comedy. No such categorization could be further from the truth. The Details, which is written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, provides an intimate look into a troubled time in the lives of two married people and their immediate friends and neighbors. Banks (portraying Mrs. Lang) and Maguire (portraying Dr. Lang) make for a seasoned team of everyday sociopaths. She is an aloof, in-the-closet infidelitous scoundrel, and he is a mild-mannered married man susceptible to the onslaught of would-be lovers. Their urges and marital ineptitude are exposed by a series of perfectly ordinary and natural gardening events. A string of lawn attacks by raccoons hungering for worms puts into motion a sequence of improbable and fatal events from which the happy couple might never recover.
Maniac with Elijah Wood is a movie that is sick and demented...and thoroughly satisfying. The owner of a mannequin shop (Elijah Wood as Frank) has a fetish that has morphed into a lifestyle. Frank started by victimizing his own mother, and continues to develop a camaraderie with beautiful women...women's scalps. Franks is a serial dater of exquisite women. He allows them to begin defiling him and then he swiftly and severely scalps them (a procedure by which he cuts their throats and then utilizes a scalpel to remove their scalp and hair). Faced with tunnel vision, migraine headaches and the insatiable urge to grow his collection, Frank truly is a Maniac (movie).
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