DVD Tuesday: 1/31/2012

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

It’s new release Tuesday for all you movie lovers out there, which undoubtedly means that you’ll be spending your off time this afternoon/evening in front of the TV.

Let’s find out what’s out today!

 

Drive

Synopsis: Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. — (C) FilmDistrict

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman, Bryan Cranston

Rating: R

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

Mark’s Review: The fact that this movie got absolutely no love at the most recent film awards banquets is a travesty in itself.  Ryan Gosling plays a small time criminal, a driver hired to do any sort of getaway driving, trying to get by while working as a stunt driver for Hollywood movies.  He meets a woman (Carey Mulligan) who lives in his building and her son.  They quickly take a liking to one another and she gets wrapped up into his life of crime.  A job goes bad and the Driver is left to exact revenge on the mob boss (Albert Brooks) that set him up.  It’s a very stylish crime-thriller and the 80’s theme only makes it better.  The cinematography is off the charts and the acting is top notch.  I guarantee you’ll love this one!

 

In Time

Synopsis: When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfreid, Cillian Murphy

Rating: PG-13

Mark’s Review Score: 5.1 (37% RT, 6.6 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: Justin Timberlake’s movie career is kicking into high gear here in the past year or so.  Rather than taking roles that are glorified “cameos” he’s now a leading man in Hollywood.  He’s not a terrible actor and I actually think he does quite well in certain genres, mainly the romantic-comedy zone.  Now that might not be fair to Timberlake as he’s trying to branch out into various other genre’s, like the science-fiction category with In Time.  The movie revolves around a future where no one ages and the only way to stay alive is if you have “time” left.  Time is the currency of the future, where everything cost you seconds to minutes to hours to days.  It’s an interesting premise and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself.  I’m hoping that it’s a decent action thrill ride and I’m not left rolling my eyes at cheesy dialogue and corny one-liners.  Justin Timberlake is starting to remind me of a young Will Smith, hopefully Timberlake’s career pans out the same way.

 

The Double

Synopsis: In The Double, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin “Cassius,” forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them. — (C) Image

Cast: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen

Rating: PG-13

Mark’s Review Score: 3.7 (18% RT, 5.7 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: I’ll watch anything with Richard Gere in it, once.  A spy-thriller that has two great actors (Gere, Sheen) can’t be all bad, right?  Well…if the reviews are anything to be looked at it doesn’t bode well for the film.  I really can’t say much for the movie as I haven’t seen it, but it’s available in the Redbox for $1 and let’s face it, I’ll watch anything…once…for $1.

 

The Big Year

Synopsis: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads — one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Cast: Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, Rashida Jones, Angelic Huston

Rating: PG

Mark’s Review Score: 4.9 (39% RT, 5.9 IMDB)

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