Everyone loves the Redbox machine…EVERYONE. I’m begun reserving my dvd rentals online mainly because I don’t feel like risking the chance that the movie I want was snatched up by some mouth breather looking for a “night on the town” with his Mrs’. The Redbox has been quite bare lately as the past few weeks have been lackluster at best. Not this week though, this week’s rentals offer the most diverse line-up we’ve seen in 2012.
Here’s what’s new:
While I’m not a huge fan of boring biopics, I’d gladly watch a Clint Eastwood directed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. J. Edgar isn’t a great film but it does accurately depict the life of one of the nation’s greatest figures in J. Edgar Hoover.
Daniel Craig has been on a roll lately but let’s be honest…this Dream House movie is not something he should do often. He’s not a very good emotional actor. He’s the bruding type…he’s not someone you want to display emotions. He’s not going to win an Oscar doing some fright movie. Dream House, by all accounts, is a “meh” film with established actors. Worth a $1? Sure.
A re-make of the incredibly popular 80’s film isn’t worth writing home about. It’s a poorly acted revisioning with far too much CGI for my liking. At least in the original you were left to imagining things and the “bumps” were the thing that scared you. With this remake we get too much of the alien and there’s too much gore. Leave this one alone.
The Big Year
A family film starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but the film wasn’t that bad. If you’re looking for a wholesome comedy that the entire family can enjoy this may be right your alley.
Perhaps Martin Scorcese’s most magical movie to date, and maybe his best, Hugo takes you on a whimsical adventure of a young boy living in a train station in France and how he helps an old man rediscover his passion. Well worth the $1 to rent.
Justin Timberlake’s movie career is blossoming nicely and In Time is a breath of fresh air in the science fiction genre. While I’m not the biggest fan of Amanda Seyfried she at least provides some nice eye candy while viewing.
Puss in Boots
Dreamworks does it again! Puss in Boots brings the magic back to the Shrek universe and with Antonio Banderas’ voice as Puss the movie is much more diverse. Great viewing for the entire family.