This one is another reboot, said to stick closer to the original comics that the Sylvester Stallone movie largely ignored. Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd and the up and coming Olivia Thirlby stars alongside him in a futuristic society where Judges are the only people that stand between utter chaos. I was never aware the comics were popular enough to warrant one movie, let alone another one that sticks closer to the source material (supposedly), but here it is. It’s full of action and it’s in 3D, so I’m sure it will be this weekend’s Resident Evil: Retribution in that it will satiate the thirst of action fans that just need a fix. Other than that, my hopes aren’t too high for it, we’ll see what Jeremy thinks when he inevitably sees it.
Trouble With the Curve
Clint Eastwood steps back in front of the camera for the first time since Gran Torino and in a film that isn’t directed by him for the first time in a long time. Co-starring along with him are Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake in the story of a crotchety old baseball scout dealing with getting older in a not-so-graceful way, with Timberlake and Adams providing a love story for the younger crowd. I’m not sure who this appeals to (not baseball fans, speaking as one) but it’s an alternative to the testosterone of Dredd 3D. We’ll see.
House at the End of the Street
Jennifer Lawrence is hot off multiple successes, most recently The Hunger Games. This is a stark alternative, a PG-13 horror film for the young boys that worship her looks, and the girls that want to be her. Jeremy was not impressed with the film in his review, and I don’t hold out a lot of hope for it, but for the kids that can’t get into the R-rated Dredd 3D, this is an alternative, I suppose.
End of Watch
David Ayer has made his name in Hollywood as a cop-movie master, with the good (Training Day) and some middling efforts (Harsh Times and Street Kings, both of which I enjoyed). This one seems more of the latter than the former, but it still looks like it’s unique and worth a watch. See what Jeremy has to say in his review.
The Master is expanding to nearly 800 screens nationwide after setting a record on 5 screens last weekend. The same audience turnout won’t be as prevalent in other cities outside New York and LA, but at least more audiences are getting the chance to see the film. A possible Oscar contender, we’ll see how it does on more screens after this weekend, and I’m sure Jeremy will have a review of it before the weekend is out.