Theatrical Releases: The Heat & White House Down

THE HEAT || June 28th, 2013

TheHeat-poster Having seen most of “The Heat”, I know what I’m in for, with a handful of laughs and semi-decent performances from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. As with most films my company works on, I will probably catch this in theaters just to see how it plays out on the big screen, but otherwise, I’m not in a huge hurry to run out and see it again. Definitely not close to being the best comedy this year.
THEATER
ImSoExcited-poster With a strange teaser trailer for “I’m So Excited”, there’s really no part of me that wants to see this. Billed as being from the director Pedro Almodóvar (“The Skin I Live In”), I’m not sure why fans of him are to be excited for this Mexican comedy.
PASS
WhiteHouseDown-poster Although he never fails to wreck havoc on our national monuments, compared to “Th Day After Tomorrow” and “2012″ Emmerich actually remains quite tame. However, where the most steam is lost is in the writing, with some haphazard reveals and late-in-the-game twists, by the end of the film, it becomes apparent exactly how cheesy the film actually is. But even despite this, “White House Down” looks great, is acted well enough, and sets itself slightly apart from its feature film twin released earlier this year.

100BloodyAcres-poster Despite it’s lack of star power and strange demeanor, with its rave reviews and hilarious nature, I may just have to see “100 Bloody Acres”, a redneck comedy about two men butchering people for fertilizer. 25% MAYBE
ABandCalledDeath-poster The band of Death is an interesting story and one that is told in the documentary “A Band Called Death”. Explaining the story of three African American brothers playing punk rock music before The Ramones or The Sex Pistols, it truly is a band before its time and the fact that the music is just now coming to light makes this that much more powerful.
25% MAYBE
Byzantium-poster “Byzantium” is the most gorgeous vampire film in recent memory, starring a small niche of talented actors and actresses with bright and successful futures ahead of them. Saoirse Ronan is by far the most skilled actress of her generation, with each performance delivered bringing her closer and closer to that showstopping performance of her career, alongside the uber attractive Gemma Arterton, who also steals the show in every film she graces.
Copperhead-poster “Copperhead” is a Civil War period piece I have no desire to see. About the people in the North that did not care for Lincoln’s position on slavery, the film glorifies this story in a small town. Even though the director of “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” helms this film, the lack of quality and significant actors leaves the one feeling stale. PASS
DetentionOfTheDead-poster Basically zombies meets “The Breakfast Club”, “Detention of the Dead” appears to have a few humorous parts but overall looks too campy and misguided for anyone to get intrigued in.
PASS
HowToMakeMoneySellingDrugs-poster Not sure what this documentary is getting at, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” is apparently a guidebook to learning how to become a drug dealer. With celebrity advocates Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson, along with former high end drug dealers, this looks like a unique documentary just not one I’m interested in seeing.
PASS
Redemption-poster2 Regardless of what his films are about, there’s something about Jason Statham that makes me want to see his films. “Redemption” is no different as he is still a hired gun, fighting on the street and saving the innocent, but he starts out as a homeless man and works his way up, uncovering some injustices along the way. I am intrigued and may see this just for him, but not unless it comes across my plate.
25% MAYBE
SecretDiscoRevolution-poster Since I’m not a huge fan of disco, “Secret Disco Revolution” really has no appeal to me, a documentary highlighting the rise of the disco revolution in clubs and on best selling lists.
PASS
SomeGirls-poster First of all, ever since “The O.C.”, I will see anything with Adam Brody, who has continued on with an acceptable career since. In “Some Girl(s)” he ventures back through a list of his ex-girlfriends, including Kristen Bell, Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Kazan, and Emily Watson. With a strong cast and a strong tone for a romantic comedy, I’m on board.
RENTAL

THEATER

  • Byzantium
  • The Heat
  • White House Down

RENTAL

  • Some Girl(s)

MOST LIKELY CATCH ON NETFLIX (75%)

PROBABLY CATCH ON NETFLIX (50%)

MIGHT CATCH ON NETFLIX (25%)

  • 100 Bloody Acres
  • A Band Called Death
  • Redemption

PASS

  • Copperhead
  • Detention of the Dead
  • How To Make Money Selling Drugs
  • I’m So Excited
  • Secret Disco Revolution

HELL NO

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