Looking for something new to watch this week? Check no further than your Ames area Redbox.
Captain America: The First Avenger (Rated PG-13) – Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. Too small to be drafted, he is taken into a super-soldier program where he becomes the the Red, White, and Blue super-hero. Every super-hero needs a villain, and in here we get Red Skull, a man damaged earlier by the super-soldier program. Portrayed by Hugo Weaving, the effects are a little too comical and the dialogue a little melodramatic to make him feel like a real villain. This is the last film before The Avengers comes out next year, so it’s definitely one to see. You can read the full review here.
Attack the Block (Rated R) – This film just leaped into the position of being one of my favorite films of the year. The movie follows a group of Southside London hoodlums who uncover an alien attack and feel they must defend their block at all costs. The aliens are well done, and the acting is good for a low budget film. Nick Frost (Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) has a small role that is absolutely hilarious. The only problem with the film is that the dialects were sometimes almost impossible to understand. Most of the characters would have done well to have some elocution lessons from Professor Henry Higgins. The movie is by far the best science fiction movie I’ve seen in quite some time.
Winnie-the-Pooh (Rated G) – Traditionally animated, Disney want to to bring back the Pooh we all remember growing up. While they succeed in making a sweet story for the preschool set, the movie fails to channel the nostalgia that I, personally, was hoping to feel. The voices are adequate, but the songs are atrocious. It’s a great one for the kids; just don’t expect much for anyone else. Read the full review here.
Faces in the Crown (Rated R) – A decent horror-thriller, but nothing to get too excited about. Milla Jovovich is Anna Marchant. After surviving an attack by a serial killer, Anna wakes with “face-blindness.” She is unable to recognize faces as they change the minute she loses sight of them. How do you defend yourself against a killer you can’t recognize. It’s an interesting concept. While Jovovich has shown growth as an actress, she still isn’t great. The side characters don’t offer much support. It’s worth a buck rental if you don’t have something better to do.
Mardi Gras: Spring Break (Rated R) – I was fulling expecting to hate this movie. Another direct-to-video film about guys trying to get laid on Spring Break. Don’t get me wrong – that’s exactly what this movie is. However, the three stars – Joshua Gad (Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon), Bret Harrison (Reaper) and Nicholas D’Agosto (Final Destination 5) – are so likable, they make up for Carmen Elektra and an uninspired script.
Mothman (TV) – This SyFy original has well-worn premise (I Know What You Did Last Summer – or in this case – ten summers ago) set against a Virginia backdrop and the area Mothman legends (featured in the Richard Gere movie, The Mothman Prophecies). The acting is better than the usual SyFy fzre – largely due to the inclusion of Jewel Staite (Firefly). It’s not worth your time unless your desperate for something to watch.
Accused at 17 (TV) – When a revenge prank leaves a young girl dead, the three girls involved attempt to cover it – until they start to turn on one another. This Lifetime film suffers from the same problem as Mothman (see above). It’s a tired premise done to death and done better.
Also out this week:
- Haunted Casino (Not Rated)
- Hottie Boomba Lottie (Rated PG-13)
- The Ideal Husband (Not Rated)
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Mega Mix (Not Rated)
- Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest for Zhu (Not Rated)
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