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Tuesday at the Movies January 24, 2012

Posted by Dori in Movies, Thoughtful Ramblings.

This weekend my family and I watched two movies about aliens that couldn’t have been more different. One, Cowboys and Aliens, a Hollywood blockbuster, was completely lackluster – yawn, snooze- no fun whatsover.  I like a good alien movie as much as the next guy (see my post about the Alien movie film festival at my house), but this one just didn’t do it for me. And so much promise in the concept and so many good actors! (I love me some Sam Rockwell).

The other, Attack the Block, a low-budget English production, was great fun- a little scary, a lot funny, super edgy and high energy, with a bit of social commentary thrown in. Its premise: a gang of young toughs from South London are attacked by aliens and have to defend their turf. Initially, their English accents (not as posh as Downton Abbey I’m afraid) were a little hard to understand, but I got the hang of it after a while.

On to this week’s (January 24th) new releases:

50/50: An autobiographical tale of two best friends, one of whom is diagnosed with cancer, and how their lives change as a result.
Real Steel: Hugh Jackman, fighting robots – a preteen boy movie I think.
Final Destination 5:  They’ve made a 5th one?
The Whistleblower: Inspired by actual events – this one is about a U.N. Peacekeeper in Bosnia who discovers a sex-trafficking ring – lots of great actors.
Beware the Gonzo: “The Gonzo” is an underground high school newspaper which gives voice to the misfits.
Another Happy Day: A family gathers at the wedding of an estranged son.
Punished: A Chinese thriller with Maggie Cheung.
Godzilla: The classic 1954 Japanese monster movie – rereleased by Criterion.
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us: A documentary about the disappearance of bees.

Happy Watching!

~ Dori



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