Tuesday Releases: Alex Cross, Flight, & Here Comes The Boom

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2013

HERE COMES THE BOOM // A film lacking a distinct genre, “Here Comes the Boom” tries to be a heartfelt comedy, but more-or-less comes off like a goofy ploy to get UFC into a widely released film. While Kevin James looks and acts the part, it is hard to get behind any character in the film due to the ridiculous nature of the plot; a teacher becomes a UFC fighter to raise money for his school’s art programs. Though the film does achieve several heart-warming moments, that doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the film is filled in with lame, half-cocked ideas that hardly belong on the big screen (i.e. grown men getting hit in the head with yoga balls, food fights in Vegas, and public vomiting).

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CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER // Not only does “Celeste and Jesse Forever” launch two actors known for very specific performance types, it launches them in two much different fashions. Andy Samberg, known for his off-beat humor on SNL and unseen films like “Hot Rod”, takes a step towards the serious side, and it completely works. Rashida Jones, on the other hand, takes a step into the spotlight and proves that she can hang, both as an actress and as co-writer of the screenplay. The film itself is nothing new, but does develop in a way that makes you enjoy the characters, even the supporting ones. The humor is present, often in much needed moments of seriousness. Overall, the film evokes emotion in a real way, proving to satisfy both Indie audiences as well as those seeking mainstream romantic comedies.

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FLIGHT // Denzel Washington delivers a heart-wrenching and spectacularly tortured performance as an alcoholic, yet extremely talented airplane pilot. With an intense opening act, involving an all-too-realistic plane crash, Zemeckis instantly grabs your attention and rarely lets go. “Flight” weaves a story so enthralling, one is never quite sure what will happen next, with expectations often toyed with, rocking back and forth from what you want to happen for the characters and what actually transpires. Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood offer up effective supporting performances, as does Kelly Reilly, who completely blows away, with an equally tormented performance, as a fellow addict and love interest. Though “Flight” is at times uneven, the overall appeal never fades and this becomes proof that Zemeckis should stick to live-action cinema.

New Releases
Alex Cross
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Deadfall (2012)
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
Flight
Here Comes the Boom
A Late Quartet
Little White Lies
Side by Side

TV Box Set

  • Above Suspicion: Series Two
  • Alias Smith and Jones: The Complete Series
  • Animaniacs: Volume Four
  • Ben 10 Omniverse: Volume One
  • Cougar Town: Season Three
  • Gunsmoke: Season Seven
  • The Haunting Hour: Volumes Three & Four
  • House of Cards Trilogy
  • Remodeled: Season One
  • Southland: Seasons 2-4
  • Testimony of Two Men: The Mini-Series
  • The Virginian: Season Seven

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • As I Stand
  • Baby Geniuses And The Mystery Of The Crown Jewels
  • The Ballad of Narayama: Criterion
  • The Bamboo Prison
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Best of Warner Bros: Musicals
  • The Blue Lightning
  • Blue Moon
  • The Bouquet
  • The Brigand
  • Cabaret: 40th Anniversary Edition
  • The Coalition (2012)
  • Caught On Tape
  • Circus
  • The Dynamiter
  • The Gentle Bear Man of Emo
  • Ghost of the China Sea
  • Harvard Park
  • In My Pocket
  • In Our Nature
  • Mafia
  • A Matter of Wife and Death
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • My Worst Nightmare
  • A Perfect Ending
  • Peter Pan: Diamond Edition Exclamation mark
  • The Pool
  • She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens
  • So Undercover
  • Solomon Bunch
  • Somewhere Between
  • Target Hong Kong
  • There’s Always A Woman
  • Toys in the Attic
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job: The Play
  • What the Bleep Do We Know
  • Yelling to the Sky

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