DVD Releases 1/24/2012

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Movies

Hello there Tuesday.  What’s that you say?  It’s new release Tuesday?  Awesome!  Let’s go dancing then!

 

Paranormal Activity 3

Synopsis: The Paranormal Activity franchise continues with this third outing from Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to produce the highly secretive feature, with Catfish’s directing duo of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman taking on the helming duties.

Cast: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Katie Featherston

Rating: R

Run Time: 1 hour 24 minutes

Review Score: 6.4 (66% RT, 6.2 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: Paranormal Activity 2 was a pretty decent movie in its own right and ended at the right spot to garner a sequel, however this third title is a prequel of sorts and doesn’t bring closure to the saga as a whole.  This movie goes to the roots of the “evilness” of what the movies are about.  It’s worth taking a shot on for a rainy day inside.

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Real Steel

Synopsis: A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback. — (C) Dreamworks

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangelline Lilly, Anthony Mackie

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hour 6 minutes

Review Score: 6.6 (59% RT, 7.3 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: While Rock’em Sock’em robots might be a dumb premise the movie is well done and well acted.  It’s a non-stop action-adventure ride with pretty good CGI.  It’s not going to leave an imprint on your soul like some other Hugh Jackman movies (words no one has ever said…).  Pretty good Redbox rental with this one.

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50/50

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health – drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. — (C) Summit Entertainment

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Dallas Bryce Howard

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 4o minutes

Review Score: 8.65 (93% RT, 8.0 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: 50/50 may be the best movie of 2011 and it stars two of my favorite actors with Gordon-Levitt and Rogen.  A telling movie about a young man with cancer and how it affects everyone in his life around him.  It’s a well blended film with the right mix of humor and emotion to keep you teared up but still make you laugh.  Worth the purchase.

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