New in Theaters – 2/26/16

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Gods of Egypt

In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

Scott’s Take

I don’t think I have ever seen a movie that relied SO much on CGI. Every single time I see the trailer, I get distracted by it all. Who knows, maybe Gods of Egypt will turn out to be a really great movie. My ass is planted firmly on the fence.

Steve’s Take

I know more than a handful of people that were excited about Gods of Egypt, but it looks just dreadful to me. My ass is on no fence. Count me out on this one.

Eddie the Eagle

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

Scott’s Take

Eddie the Eagle caught me completely off guard. I had never heard the story of Eddie Edwards. I saw the movie last week and as Hugh Jackman said at the screening ” You will walk out of the theater with a smile on your face”.  It’s one of the best sports movies I have seen in years. Don’t let the trailer fool you, it is GREAT! I fully expected to see Taron Edgerton as EGGSY from Kingsman: The Secret Service while watching the film but he completely disappears in the role of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. He is almost unrecognizable. His performance reminded me a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. This boy can act. Sometimes the best movies are the ones that are based on a true story and it’s so unbelievable, you can’t believe it’s actually really happened. I will give a more detailed review on our podcast but this is an easy 4 out of 4 star film.

Steve’s Take

Who doesn’t like a nice feel-good story? Looks like this one will be the pick of the week.

Triple 9

In TRIPLE NINE, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (C) Open Road Films

Scott’s Take

Triple 9 looks like that great mob/crime drama that will get lost in the shuffle and go straight to DVD. This one look fantastic to me. I love me a good crime drama.

Steve’s Take

With the mix of talent in this one plus the storyline, it is a must-see for me.

Next Week

Check out Eddie the Eagle if you want a great sports related feel good flick, it’s my pick of the week and one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Triple 9 if you are like me and like crime/mob flicks. Gods of Egypt I’m on the fence about just because of the overwhelming use of CGI. Next week we have the supposedly fantastic Zootopia and the sequel nobody asked for is London Has Fallen. Have a great weekend everyone.