by Ryan Rigley
High school reunions remain a tried and true tradition to this day. In fact, some might say that they're as American as apple pie. On a similar note, this weekend marks the release of the 4th official installment in the "American Pie" series. Although there have been several straight-to-DVD spin-off movies since 2003's "American Wedding," none of those films featured any of the main cast from the original series. Except for Eugene Levy of course, who is literally in every single one of the "American Pie" movies.
We're talking about Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Sean William Scott, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and even Tara Reid! They're all back, reprising their roles made popular by the original three films. Taking place over a decade after the first "American Pie," "American Reunion" appears to be the most genuine movie in the series as it tackles hot topics such as generational differences and merging the gap between childhood and adulthood. However, this doesn't necessarily make the film any less raunchy or risque than its predecessors.
The "American Pie" series is known for several key things, chief among them being a very "adult" sense of humor. Based on the trailer alone, it's fairly obvious that "American Reunion" will share this "adult" sensibility as made evident by Jason Biggs getting caught masturbating within the first few seconds. Here's a look at 5 other "American Pie" staples that we can't wait to revisit with "American Reunion."
Despite some negative reviews for the original, "Clash of the Titans," the "Wrath of the Titans" is upon us (in 3D, no less) to follow-up its $500 million predecessor.
For the second adventure of Sam Worthington's Perseus, daddy Zeus comes a-callin' once again to ask his demi-god son to, you know, save all of mankind…again. Though no one releases the Kraken, there are plenty of Greek monsters to go around.
Here are our five reasons to check out "Wrath of the Titans" this weekend.
Okay, I'll admit it, I was a skeptic when I walked into see "Mirror Mirror." As someone firmly standing in the "Snow White and the Huntsman" camp, I was convinced that "Mirror Mirror" was silly and unnecessary, no matter how much I love Tarsem Singh. Boy was I wrong.
"Mirror Mirror" is actually a charming, light-hearted and endearing take on the Snow White fairytale. The trailers -- as many people have said before me -- really do not do the film justice. Now I not only firmly believe that "Mirror Mirror" is a movie for everyone, but I also feel like there could actually be room in 2012 for two equally great Snow White movies. Who would have thought?
If that wasn't enough to convince you that "Mirror Mirror" deserves your time this weekend, I've listed off five more solid reasons after the jump.
by Josh Wigler and Kevin P. Sullivan
"The Hunger Games," awesome though it may be, is far from the only action movie in town this weekend. Today also sees the release of Gareth Evans' "The Raid: Redemption," an Indonesian martial arts flick about an elite squad fighting for their lives inside of a crime-ridden apartment complex.
It's gory, it's terrifying, and it's absolutely impossible to look away from. Action junkies, you owe it to yourselves to seek this one out -- there's a reason it's being put on the same pedestal as "Die Hard" and "Hard Boiled" by some reviewers. Simply put, "The Raid" is legendary. Get in on the ground floor while you can.
If you need further convincing, keep on reading for five reasons to see "The Raid: Redemption" in theaters this weekend.
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.