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Release Review – Week of December 18, 2012

This Week’s Big Releases

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
Synopsis: An inside baseball movie that’s about baseball, plus daddy issues. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this film, along with Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
Tomatometer Rating: 52%
Special Features: There two short featurettes: one on Eastwood and one on the performances of Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.
Deals: Amazon and Best Buy have the blu-ray combo pack for $21.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: Clint seems to have lost his aim here, and the CURVE is more of a base hit than a home run. SKIP IT and read Mel’s Review instead.

TOTAL RECALL (2012)
Synopsis: Kate Beckinsdale’s husband Len Wiseman remakes a Paul Verhoven film based on a Philip K. Dick short story because her ass looks great in tight pants. Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel also show up.
Tomatometer Rating: 30%
Special Features: Along with an extended cut of the film, there’s a commentary with Director Len Wiseman, an “Insight Mode” which features scene specific integrated throughout the film, a gag reel, a behind the scenes featurette called Total Action, a brief look at the movie’s visuals, and a handful of pre-visual material for the film.
Deals: Amazon has the blu-ray for $17.99. Target has an exclusive edition that includes an additional 40 minutes of content for $22.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: This remake seemed to be a neutered and glossier version of the original, without any of the actual grittiness or humor that made the original interesting. Also, no Mars. SKIP IT and check out Mel’s Review of the film and his review of the 1990 original.

Also Available This Week

Because the holidays have been slowing sucking my will to live, here are some highlights from last week, which saw the releases of: Seth MacFarlane’s TED (Mel’s Review), THE BOURNE LEGACY aka GIMME CHEMS (Mel’s Review), ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (which I’ll be checking out later this week, but check out Courtney’s review of the theatrical release here), 90’s comedy HEAVYWEIGHTS, unearthed 80s gem MIAMI CONNECTION, the first season of Lena Dunham’s GIRLS and Christopher Nolan’s first film FOLLOWING, which joined the Criterion Collection.

Channing Tatum continues his year of dominance with the high school reunion movie 10 YEARS, which Courtney was not too keen on, and Richard Gere reminds us that he’s still around with ARBITRAGE and tense legal drama with Susan Surandon and Brit Marling, which Courtney liked a whole lot more.

This week I’ll be checking out DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, based on the series of children’s books, and comedian Mike Birbiglia’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME, based ever so loosely on his own life. Check out Courtney’s review of the theatrical release.

There’s also tons to love in TV this week with SHAMELESS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, HOUSE OF LIES: SEASON ONE, FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: SEASON TWO, and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION, which comes in a pretty awesome Castle Greyskull box, all making their debuts this week.

Assuming the world doesn’t end at the end of the week, we’ll see the just before Christmas releases of bike chase actioner PREMIUM RUSH (Mel’s Review), KILLER JOE (Mel’s Review), which reunites director Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Mel’s Review), the latest in the zombie 3D schlockfest which has no real resemblance to its video game roots anymore.

If you need a little pizza and turtle power to get through that last stretch before the holidays, might I suggest the original Ninja Turtles live action movies: TEENAGE MUNTANT NINJA TURTLES, SECRET OF THE OOZE, and TURTLES IN TIME, all of which come to blu-ray this week.

Manny’s Pick

My pick this week is PITCH PERFECT, the GLEE-inspired only better musical comedy featuring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. While I laughed at how silly and ridiculous this whole premise seemed to be when I initially saw this film’s trailer, but I should know that Anna Kendrick knows what’s up in picking her roles and she didn’t steer me wrong here. The film is lots of fun, very funny, and for my money, one of the best comedies of the year, right up there with 21 JUMP STREET. If you didn’t check this out already, get yourself pitch slapped and watch it with the family and don’t be surprised if you end up challenging your grandma to a riff-off!

See you next week! Happy Holidays, folks!

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