Three new movies open in wide release this week, along with a classic that’s been given the 3D treatment.
Drive (Rated R) – Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stunt performer who doubles as a wheelman for some very bad people. When a deal goes wrong, he suddenly has a contract out on him. I have heard nothing but positive buzz about this movie, and Ryan Gosling is always someone who brings something exciting to the screen. I’m also looking forward to seeing Albert Brook take the villain role.
I Don’t Know How She Does It (Rated PG-13) – A woman tries to balance work and home after getting a big promotion at work. Her already hectic life amps up even higher. The movie stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, and Pierce Brosnan. I’m not a huge fan of Parker, but she does a decent job in the film. It’s a sweet romantic comedy look how so many families try to achieve balance between career and family.
The Lion King 3D (Rated PG) – After being tricked by his uncle into thinking his father’s death is his fault, Simba flees into exile but realizes he must go into face his past and become the king he was destined to be. Released in 1994, The Lion King is still the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated feature ever. It is getting a wide release in 3D. I don’t really care that the movie is in 3D, but I am excited to see this fantastic movie on the big screen again. This is only in the theater for two weeks.
Straw Dogs (Rated R) – A young couple relocates to her childhood home in the deep South. Here, amid growing strife in their relationship, they find themselves in a fight for their lives with some of the locals. This is a remake of a Sam Pekinpah film from 1971 that starred Dustin Hoffman. The remake stars James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard.
I expect Drive to easily take the top spot. It has a lot of positive buzz. I though the same thing about Warrior last week, and it didn’t do near as well as I expected. Of course, it didn’t have Ryan Gosling. I Don’t Know How She Does It could fill the rom-com void at the theater. I’m not sure about Straw Dogs. It could go either way. I’m not sure how many people have seen the original, so it might not feel like a remake. While The Lion King is a popular movie, I don’t think seeing it in 3D will bring that many people out to the theater. It shouldn’t be a major factor in the weekend’s box office.
These movies are all showing in Ames at the Cinemark Movies 12 theater. Other movies in the Ames area follow.
Cinemark Movies 12
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (Rated R)
- Contagion (Rated PG-13)
- Warrior (Rated PG-13)
- Apollo 18 (Rated PG-13)
- Shark Night 3D (Rated PG-13)
- The Debt (Rated R)
- Our Idiot Brother (Rated R)
- The Help (Rated PG-13)
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rated PG-13)
Cinemark North Grand 5
- Cowboys & Aliens (Rated PG-13)
- Horrible Bosses (Rated R)
- Zookeeper (Rated PG)
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D (Rated Pg-13)
- Bad Teacher (Rated R)
For showtimes at the Ames theaters, check out Cinemark.com. In other areas, Fandango.com is a great sourse for theaters and showtimes.