by Josh Wigler and Kevin P. Sullivan
When a high profile literary adaptation as big as "The Hunger Games" hits theaters, the quality of the actual movie can be a secondary detail. Luckily, a talented cast and a skilled director have not only put together a faithful adaptation, but one that doesn't suck, at all. "The Hunger Games" struck the treacherous balance between loyalty to the book and working as a standalone movie. We kind of love it.
Here are our five reasons to check out "The Hunger Games." (Although, you probably already have tickets.)
The Fuzzy Pack is backy-back once again with today's home video release of "The Muppets." If you still haven't seen Kermit the Frog and company's glorious return via Jason Segel… well, what's wrong with you? It was and remains my favorite movie of 2011, and I'm not just saying that because I got to talk with Kermit and new guy Walter about "The Avengers" last week. (Though that was pretty sweet.)
Even if you have seen "The Muppets," the newly released Blu-ray is a must-buy for any and all fans. Keep reading for five reasons to own "Muppets" on Blu-ray.
No matter what skeptical or incredulous thoughts you might have had when you heard the news that Sony had a) decided to adapt '80s cult classic "21 Jump Street" into a full-length feature and b) that Jonah Hill would be writing it, I can assure you that all parties involved have pulled off something that is as action-packed as it is hilarious, full of surprises and totally worth your time and money.
Here are five reasons to go see "21 Jump Street" as soon as possible.
With a title like "Casa de Mi Padre" you might be expecting the latest from Pedro Almodovar at the movie theater this weekend. After all, Spanish language releases are few and far between without a big name behind it, right? Right.
Enter Will Ferrell. Maybe you've seen the ads for "Casa" and wondered if you were watching a trailer spoof of a telenovela crossed with a spaghetti western? Well you're sort of right, except "Casa de Mi Padre" is less a spoof than a demented extrapolation and it ain’t just a trailer. It's a feature film and here are five reasons to see it.
» Will Ferrell does NOT speak Spanish: Well, he does in the movie, but not in real life, and that's the point, the astounding point. Ferrell portrays Armando Alvarez, the black sheep of a Mexican family portrayed by Spanish speaking actors (as one would do). Ferrell learned his lines phonetically and flawlessly (if I'm to trust those who are fluent). Talk about degree of difficulty for an actor! This is remarkable Daniel Day Lewis/act with one foot territory. I'm serious. What Ferrell does here is audacious and awesome. Imagine one of the world's greatest improv comics being robbed of that very skill and still be hilarious.
It took a century, but "John Carter" is finally, actually, for real heading to theaters. The result is an inconsistent, structurally over-packed and complicated, but ultimately worthy trip to theaters.
Of all the reasons to go see "John Carter" this weekend, here are the five that stick out to us.
Taylor Kitsch said it himself that this is a make-or-break year for him. With two major releases, "John Carter" and "Battleship," resting largely on his shoulders, his future as a leading man could live or die with these movies. But based solely on his acting ability here, his record stands at one for one. While a lot of Carter shares a common ground with Kitsch's "Friday Night Lights" character Tim Riggins, the persona works and will ultimately be the one that defines his career. And that's fine by us. He handles even the most awkward Barsoom dialogue deftly and never fully shakes off the incredulous charm of Riggins. Some might call it one-note, but we call it personality.
Pro-tip: if your family owns a summer house that hasn't been used since your early childhood, probably best to hire someone else to renovate and sell it. If you return to this home, chances are extremely high that you'll be the victim of an uninterrupted horror sequence that works out well for approximately no one.
Welcome to "Silent House," the Elizabeth Olsen starring thriller hitting theaters today (March 9). Olsen takes the lead as Sarah, a young woman working with her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to patch up their old vacation house before putting it on the market. But one fateful evening in the all-but-abandoned home leads Sarah to realize that the house isn't so silent after all, and that some terrors are truly inescapable.
Keep on reading for five reasons to check out the fright-fest this weekend.
When it comes to "Game of Thrones" on Blu-ray, you lose or you buy: there is no middle ground.
Fans of Ice and Fire can get their hands on the HBO fantasy series' first season today (March 6), with a whole world of extra features and episode enhancements coming along for the fight. From audio commentaries with actors and writers to in-depth looks at the show's production, the "Game of Thrones" Blu-ray is an absolute can't miss for the Westeros faithful. Keep reading for five reasons to claim "Thrones" on Blu-ray today.
» First and foremost, let's get the coolest feature out of the way: The Complete Guide to Westeros. There are several resources both in print and online (such as Westeros.org and Tower of the Hand) that are more than equipped to give you loads and loads of background detail on all things "Thrones." Another amazing resources has arrived in the Complete Guide to Westeros, a visual encyclopedia that invites you to hear the tales of the Seven Kingdoms and their greatest houses. Learn about the history and lore of the First Men and the Andals, the destruction of ancient Valyria, and the entirety of Robert's Rebellion; all events that occur prior to "Thrones," but all events crucial to the story currently being told. It's fascinating stuff, less a history lesson and more like fantastic legends, not unlike the ancient tales Old Nan often reads to Bran.
by Ryan Rigley
Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way: some people will not enjoy this movie. It definitely isn't for the faint of heart. With that said, "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" is one of the funniest films of the year by far. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show: Great Job!", have never been the most convential comedians. Their sense of humor can be described as "so smart that it seems stupid," purposefully going out of their way to make the audience feel as strange and uncomfortable as humanly possible.
"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" tells the story of two friends, Tim and Eric, who receive a billion dollars to make a movie and then squandor it all on "Hollywood makeovers" and fancy living. In order to make their money back, Tim and Eric decide to invest what little they have left into a run-down shopping mall with the hopes that they can revitalize it and finally make a profit. But, of course, things aren't always as easy as they seem.
This movie is worth seeing for the sole purpose of telling people that you saw it, if nothing more. Here are five key reasons why you should give all of your money to Tim and Eric.
» 5. Anti-Comedy
Much like Andy Kaufman, Tim and Eric thrive on telling jokes that are purposefully un-funny. The fact that the audience is expecting something funny to happen makes it twice as funny when that joke doesn't happen at all. Instead, Tim and Eric will hit you with something that's either really disturbing and scary or something that's so disgusting it'll have you in tears.
"The Woman in Black" is more than just a horror film that brings a ghostly chill into February. It marks a big revival for Hammer Films, as well as big opening weekend and hopefully, once word starts spreading, will continue to draw more audiences who want to find out the secret of the woman in black. The thrills and reveals were certainly enough to make us jump out of our seats many times.
So without further ado, here are five reasons you should go see "The Woman in Black" if you haven't already.
Liam Neeson rejoins his "A-Team" director Joe Carnahan for the man-versus-nature thriller "The Grey," in theaters today (January 27). The ads might have you thinking it's nothing but wolf punching, but there's a lot more going on.
Here are our five reasons to brave the winter weather and go see "The Grey."
1. Liam the Badass is Back
Neeson seems to specialize in "Tough Guy In Charge" roles, and there aren't many characters more badass than John Ottway, an oil-rig employee who leads a rough band of plane crash survivors through the wilds of Alaska. Neeson is believable as the stern but caring father figure, who tries to keep his co-workers alive, and when he stares down those angry wolves, you don’t doubt that he can take them on with his bare hands.