This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?
This self-aware horror film makes many hilarious references both directly and indirectly to other movies of the genre. Characters are incredibly cliché and the dialogue is woefully written, but it is an action packed gore-fest featuring some of the most delightfully brutal horror movie deaths.
Comedies dominate the line-up this week, comprising four out of the six films being released. Hitting theaters this week are "G-Force," "The Ugly Truth," "Orphan" "The Answer Man," "Shrink" and "In the Loop."
"G-Force" is a combination live action and 3-D animation film about the government's latest covert spy program. A team of specially trained guinea pigs armed with cutting edge espionage equipment, are sent on a mission to stop an evil billionaire's plot to take over the world.
A special effects veteran with experience dating back to "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in 1979, Hoyt Yeatman makes his directorial debut with "G-Force." Yeatman collaborated in writing the film with husband and wife writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, and Tim Firth. The Wibberleys, Elliot, and Rossio worked together previously writing the "National Treasure" films.
SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? If you're looking for a generic family comedy, or something to do with the kids on a boring summer day, this movie wouldn't be a terrible idea to check out. Definitely skip this movie if you're looking for a mature comedy, though. Watching the trailer, this predictable tale seems to rely on harmless potty humor to elicit laughs.
In her search for Mr. Right, morning show producer Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) has suffered one disappointment after another. Abby gets a fresh opportunity to play the dating game with the arrival of Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a macho, crude TV personality. Mike imparts his wisdom to Abby about what makes men tick, but in the process, sparks of romance start to develop between the unlikely couple.
At the helm of "The Ugly Truth" is Robert Luketic, who brought us last year's "21" about MIT card sharks. This romantic comedy is written by an all-female writing team, which includes Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah Lutz, and Kirsten Smith. "The Ugly Truth" is Nicole Eastman's first credit, but Lutz and Smith worked together before on the romantic comedies "Legally Blonde" and "10 Things I Hate About You."
SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Rent it. Katherine Heigl certainly proved that she could do comedy with "Knocked Up," and Gerard Butler was very funny in "RocknRolla," but this romantic comedy appears to be largely formulaic. However, "The Ugly Truth" has strong potential to be pretty funny.
After the tragic death of their unborn child, John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera Farmiga) decide to adopt a child in the hope to bring normalcy and calm into their shaken existence. When they visit the orphanage they are drawn to the 9-year-old Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), who appears to be mature beyond her years. Once Esther gets home with her new family however, a strange set of events reveal that below her angelic exterior, she has diabolical intentions.
David Johnson makes his big screen debut with this horror film, writing the screenplay for the story developed by Alex Mace. Jaume Collet-Serra, the man responsible for 2005's "House of Wax" directs "Orphan."
SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? I personally find the concept of an evil child tormenting a family comical, perhaps because I've seen the "Problem Child" movies too many times. The little girl in this film looks legitimately creepy, and the chaos she causes her new family looks intense. Horror fans should check this movie out.
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