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New Release Tuesday – 3/5/13

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Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? — (C) Disney

Scott’s Take

Wreck-It-Ralph is a completely original idea that translates perfectly to film.  I can’t wait to actually check it out in 3D. Whether you own a 3D TV or not, Wreck-It-Ralph is a must own.  For all of you 80’s gamers, prepare to take a stroll down memory lane.

Steve’s Take

This was a brilliant idea and a great movie. I will be grabbing this one on 3D this week, fo sho!

Red Dawn

In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

UGHHH!!  I was a big fan of the original Red Dawn but the remake is so bad, it made me take a hard look at the old Wolverines.  I don’t think I like them anymore either.  Pass.  Watch it on cable.

Steve’s Take

These are the frustrating times about being a movie fanatic. I was really hoping that this would be better than it was and I was completely disappointed. Maybe I will watch it again to see if anything changes for me.

Playing for Keeps

Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn. — (C) Film District

Scott’s Take

Gerard Butler better hope Olympus Has Fallen regains some of his star power because he is starting to lose his 15 minutes of fame. You can’t live of 300 forever. Playing for keeps is not worth your time and one of the worst movies of 2012.

Steve’s Take

White. Hot. Garbage.

Schindler’s List

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis’ rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who’ve been herded into Krakow’s ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow’s Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune — and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler’s List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

One of the most disturbing, brilliant, and heartbreaking movies of all time finally hits Blu-Ray.  If you are one of the few that haven’t watched Schindler’s List, you owe it yourself to check out storytelling at it’s finest.  this one could be Steven Spielberg’s best and that is saying something.

Steve’s Take

Here is your chance to own a pure classic of a movie. I agree with Scott when he says that it could be Spielberg’s best. It’s debatable, but there is no debating what a great movie this was.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  Next week we have the well deserved Oscar winner for Best Director with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians.  Have a great week everyone.