Welcome to another edition of "This Week's Movie Buzz." As a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors, I'll provide you with the inside scoop before you hit the multiplex with your hard earned cash. You'll receive a first look at the movies premiering this week, and I'll offer my predictions about which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent, and which ones aren't worth your time.
The selection of movies premiering this week is rather light, so if you haven't checked out the movies I recommended last week, definitely take advantage of the opportunity. This week we'll be taking a look at "Hannah Montana: The Movie," "Observe and Report," "Dragonball: Evolution," and "Anvil! The Story of Anvil."
Miley Ray Cyrus) is urged by her father (Billy Ray Cyrus
) to come home to Crowley Corners, Tennessee in the hopes of changing her outlook on what's important in life.
Peter Chelsom, the man behind romantic comedies like "Shall we Dance
" and "Serendipity
," directs "Hannah Montana." The movie appears to be on the innocent side, carrying a Disney standard "G" rating.
Miley Ray Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus don't seem to be stretching their acting talents in their roles; they mostly appear to be playing themselves. SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
Skip it. Unless you are a 12-year-old girl, or the parent of a 12-year-old girl there's really no reason to see this movie in theaters. If you happen to fall outside the previously mentioned group and you are interested in seeing it, wait to rent it. The movie seems like your standard feel-good Disney movie which you could just as easily watch at home.
As head of security at the Forest Ridge Mall, Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen
) combats skateboarders and shoplifters on a daily basis while he dreams of becoming a policeman. Ronnie is driven to show off his law enforcement talents when a flasher begins to terrorize mall patrons.
Barnhardt hopes that his elaborate efforts to crack the case will help earn him a real badge and win the heart of ditzy make-up counter girl Brandi, but instead it ignites a feud with the equally gung ho Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta
) of the Conway Police. For Ronnie it becomes not only a test to catch the flasher, but a race against time to catch him before the cops do.
"Observe and Report" is Jody Hill's second opportunity in the director's chair after his action comedy "Foot Fist Way" captured the attention of some in Hollywood but failed to gain him widespread recognition. The casting of Seth Rogan in the lead role appears to be spot on; he clearly transformed himself for the role of Ronnie, sporting short hair and a much firmer physique. SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
See it. Fans of Seth Rogen should love this outrageous comedy. From the trailer, the movie seems ripe with gross humor and politically incorrect jokes, which follow a developing trend sparked by Judd Apatow and his players to push the boundaries of mainstream comedy. So far, this is a trend audiences have been responding well to.
Based on the popular Japanese manga, "Dragonball: Evolution" is a live action epic that tells the story of a humanoid alien Goku (Justin Chatwin
), charged by his dying grandfather to stop the evil Piccolo (James Marsters
) from collecting the seven dragonballs which would allow him to take over the world. In order to defend the Earth, Goku must find Master Roshi (Chow Yun Fat
), the one man who can set him on the right path.
At the helm is James Wong, the writer and director of "Final Destination
" and "Final Destination 3
." Although most of his experience is in the sci-fi/horror realm, Wong has some action movie experience from directing "The One" with Jet Li. It should be interesting to see how he handles a movie like "Dragonball" which involves translating anime to live action. SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
Rent it. There aren't many reviews out there to help decide if this one will be good or bad, but chances are that it will only cater to a narrow audience. People who were fans of the television series might want to see it just for the sheer novelty of seeing familiar animated characters come to life on the big screen. People who aren't that well acquainted with the show should probably wait to watch this one on the small screen.
This documentary follows the story of Anvil, a Canadian heavy-metal band that failed to become famous in the 1980s. After a disastrous European tour, band members Lips and Robb, who are in their fifties, hang on desperately to their boyhood dream to become rock stars as they record their thirteenth album, "This is Thirteen."
Directed by newcomer Sacha Gervasi who wrote the Tom Hanks movie "Terminal," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" has already received immense praise from critics. Critic Jim Slotek of "Jam! Movies" refers to it as "a real-life Spinal Tap with as much pathos and laughs." SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT?
See it. If you like rock and roll documentaries, if you're a heavy metal fan, or you're just an aspiring musician "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" should delight you. Its near universal praise from critics should also be an impetus to see it. The only downside to the documentary is its limited release in New York and Los Angeles. If you can't catch this one in theaters definitely rent it.
Story by Evan Crean
Starpulse contributing writer