Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out” turned out to be a delightful action comedy in the vein of typical buddy cop movies from the 80s and early 90s. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I laughed throughout the film. This was primarily due to hilarious performances from Tracy Morgan and Sean William Scott. To read more about what I thought of “Cop Out” check out my Starpulse review here.
The first week of March delivers to theaters Tim Burton’s long awaited whimsical tale “Alice in Wonderland,” the gritty cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and the NYC release of the animated feature “The Secret of Kells.”
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Returning to Wonderland, the site of her childhood adventure, a 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) reunites with her friends to learn her destiny is to end the Red Queen’s evil reign of terror.
Quirky director Tim Burton lends his vision to this re-imagination of Wonderland. Linda Woolverton, the woman behind screenplays for Disney classics like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” lends her talents to the screenplay for this fantasy adventure. Former Burton collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter appear in this film, with support from Crispin Glover, Alan Rickman, and Anne Hathaway.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the Burton/Depp combination should be the first ones in line to see the debut of this film. If you enjoy Tim Burton’s visual flair and the darkly silly tone he gives his movies then you will probably appreciate “Alice in Wonderland.”
Three veteran cops (Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, and Ethan Hawke) in Brooklyn, New York grappling with their own various dilemmas are dispatched to a dangerous housing project where their destinies will collide.
Antoine Fuqua, who brought us action films like 2007’s “Shooter” and 2001’s “Training Day,” directs this crime drama. Michael C. Martin, a scribe for the 2005 television show “Sleeper Cell” pens the screenplay for “Brooklyn’s Finest.”
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers that lie standard crime dramas about cops struggling to balance their personal and professional lives should see “Brooklyn’s Finest.” If you like the combination of Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, and Ethan Hawke then you will probably enjoy this film.
THE SECRET OF KELLS
Young Brendan looks to finish illuminating an ancient book that has the power to keep his medieval outpost safe from an advancing horde of barbarians. To do this however, he will have to brace his fears of an enchanted forest where mythical creatures are rumored to hide.
Newcomer Tomm Moore co-directs this animated feature with Nora Twomney who he worked with on 2003’s “Los reyes magos.” Moore also developed the story for the film on which Fabrice Ziolokowski bases the screenplay.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that seek out vibrant non-traditional animation styles are the kind that should go see this picture. If you’re looking to see one of the movies up for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, then you should check out “The Secret of Kells.”
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.