The Weekend Movie Recap: 10/21/11

posted by Rolocop

Well, you’re better off renting this Sylvester Stallone arm wrestling movie than seeing any of this weeks new movies.  Granted, I didn’t see all of them so maybe one is good, but I wasn’t impressed with what I saw.  And OVER THE TOP is pretty freakin’ amazing!  They just don’t make em’ like that anymore.

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Opening this weekend:

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN – I wasn’t crazy about the first one, but it was a huge hit (only in England) and now we have another one.  With the exception of one clever bit that spoofs the free-running action scene in CASINO ROYALE, the movie is mostly filled with uninspired bits and stale old jokes. Wide Release Rating:

THE MIGHTY MACS – Carla Gugino gives a solid performance as the coach for a girls Catholic School Basketball team in the early 70’s, but the script is generic and the direction by-the-numbers.  It tries too hard to be a feel good movie, but it’s mostly pretty dull. Wide Release  Rating:

THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D – I honestly haven’t seen that many screen versions of this story (liked the 1993 Disney version all right), but this isn’t a very good place to start.  Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil) crams too much CG imagery in this period piece that it almost seems like it’s Science Fiction.  The acting is atrocious (Logan Lehrman, Orlando Bloom, and even Christoph Waltz are pretty terrible), the action scenes are filmed and edited in a way that makes it seem like we’re watching a sparring program in The Matrix, and the script is awful.  At first it felt as if it may be dumb fun, but turns out that it’s just dumb. Wide Release Rating:

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 – Missed my screening since I haven’t seen the second one.  Liked the first one good enough, but these sequels don’t interest me.  Maybe someday…  Wide release.

MARGIN CALL – The Lagoon and Southdale

GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE – St. Anthony

MAIN STREET -The Edina

WEEKEND – The Uptown

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 9:30 pm