Spring Movie Guide: April 2012 – Week 1

American Reunion

Written & Directed by Hayden Schlossberg & Jon Hurwitz

Starring Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Chris Owen & Shannon Elizabeth

“Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.”

That’s right, a third sequel that actually has the ENTIRE original cast, which is the basic premise of American Reunion, so for that, they get points, although some might say a lot of the cast members are lucky to go back to the biggest movies they’ve been a part of.  Like a lot of comedy sequels, those kids that first see this film will become new fans, it just depends how many that is.  At the same time, a lot of kids that are 14 have probably already seen the American Pie movies, but for some this will be their first exposure.  Of course, all the guys in their late 20’s will probably come back to see it, just so they can compare it to their own lives or reunion experiences.

This one looks even more dull than the last two, but it has a built in audience, so I’m sure it will make some respectable numbers.  Jeremy was less than impressed with the film in his review.

The film is rated 16 by Common Sense Media, plenty of raunchy jokes abound, I’m sure.

Titanic 3D Written & Directed by James Cameron

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet

“A boy and a girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.”

Before James Cameron outdid himself with Avatar, his long standing highest grossing film of all time was Titanic.  If you need to be explained the plot of this film, you’re obviously on the wrong website.  However, fans will be glad to know that the film is seemingly served some justice with the 3D treatment, enhancing the scope of the film in a post-conversion that Jeremy says “Titanic deserves all of the praise it’s gotten and Titanic 3D deserves to be called one of the best post-converted 3D films in release.” in his review.

Common Sense Media rates the film 12, not for all kids.

LIMITED RELEASE

ATM

Written by Chris Sparling

Directed by David Brooks

Starring Josh Peck, Brain Geraghty & Alice Eve

“On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.”

Since one location thrillers are all the rage, and Chris Sparling wrote the fantastic Buried that takes place entirely inside a coffin, and once the script for ATM hit the market, people instantly loved it.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen the movie, and feel Sparling really missed the mark, unless something just didn’t get properly passed to the screen.  Josh Peck and Brian Geraghty play acquaintances  at a New York firm who offer to give Emily (Alice Eve) a ride home, so Peck’s Corey tags along.  When he realizes he’s not welcome, he makes the fateful stop at the ATM that they might not surivive.

Read my review of the movie right here.

The Hunter

Based on the novel by Julia Leigh

Written by Alice Addison

Directed by Daniel Netteheim

Starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor & Sam Neill

“Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.”

What starts as a methodical thriller/survivalist film slowly shows itself to be something else entirely.  Watching the trailers, you get a sense of what type of film it is, with slow, sweeping epic shots of the Tasmanian wilderness, and more plot that happens off the screen than on it.  However, the thinking man’s movie unravels a bit at the end, but for those that wished the Rambo films were slow, methodical mystery films, this one will be a sure hit.  This one has been on VOD from Magnolia Pictures for a little over a month, now it will be hitting limited theaters over the next few weekends.

Common Sense Media rates the film 16, not for kids.

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