by Drew Von Bergen
Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich star in this action-comedy about former CIA agents who come out of retirement after being framed for assassination. While the director (Robert Schwentke) doesn’t have any really solid work under his belt, the cast may be enough to make this an entertaining popcorn flick.
Paranormal Activity 2 (Not Yet Rated)
Not much is known about the sequel to last year’s low budget surprise hit. The teaser trailer offers very few details, and the production of the film has been top secret. Rumor has it that Katie Featherston will reprise her role as the heroine from the first movie.
Matt Damon stars as a former psychic, who can communicate with the dead. Director Clint Eastwood is stepping out of his comfort zone with this film, but he consistently creates great movies, so it’s hard to imagine that it will disappoint.
Saw 3D (Not Yet Rated)
Saw 3D is the seventh, and supposedly final, film in the torture horror franchise that has been doing great at the box office every October.
Since the plot has become so convoluted over the course of the series, and considering only a select few like watching movies with this degree of unpleasantness, you probably already know if you’re going to see this or not.
Hailed as the next District 9, Monsters follows a journalist and a tourist trying to survive in a region of Mexico that has been invaded by aliens. The director (Gareth Edwards) did all the special effects himself and made the entire film for a shockingly low $15,000.
In this 3D animated family film, Will Farrel voices Megamind, a large-headed villain who is constantly thwarted by his nemesis, Metro Man, voiced by Brad Pitt. Tina Fey and Jonah Hill also lend their voices to supporting rolls.
Due Date (R)
Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, returns with another comedy. Robert Downey Jr. stars as an expectant father who must rely on an aspiring actor, played by Zach Galifinakis, to get back home in time. With fantastic actors and a great director, there is no reason that this can’t live up to the standards of The Hangover.
127 Hours (R)
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle follows up last year’s Slumdog Millionaire with the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston. Portrayed by James Franco, Ralston’s arm was caught in a boulder for five days, before he severed it with a dull knife. The film received glowing reviews out of film festivals, despite audience members reportedly passing out due to the extreme nature of the action.