I was really looking forward to this one. I saw the first one in the theater and loved it, but I had not seen the second one till I borrowed it from Reckless for this review. To prepare myself, I read some of the online reviews. I read everything from Ebert and The New York Times, to Johnny Movie's Cinema Chat (I might have made one of those up). The reviews were mixed – people either thought it was great fun or great garbage. And that works for me, because now whatever I decide will be backed up by at least one national reviewer. Because I am a professional, people.
As Doctor Watson (Jude Law) gets ready for his wedding, Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr) could find himself without a sidekick in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Though Watson intends to begin his new life with his wife (Kelly Reilly), he's suddenly forced back into Sherlock's orbit: they've both become targets of the supervillain Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Joined by a gypsy fortune-teller (Noomi Rapace) also targeted by Moriarty, they adventure through Europe, dodging the nefarious professor's traps while putting their sleuth skills to work: uncovering Moriarty's ultimate objective. With Stephen Fry. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Since striking a deal with the devil, a demonic force called "The Rider" inhabits stunt rider Johnny Blaze's (Nicolas Cage) body in Neveldine/Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Trying to keep The Rider, a flaming-skulled vengeance demon, from hurting anyone, Blaze hides himself away in Europe until a drunken warrior priest (Idris Elba) pushes him into a new quest: protect a young boy and his mother (Violante Placido) from Roarke (Ciaran Hinds), the being that offered Johnny that devil's deal all those years ago. Johnny Blaze is struggling not to be a force for evil, so when Roarke's men (including Johnny Whitworth) come for the boy, they find themselves facing The Rider, an almost unstoppable force repurposed to stand between Roarke and his evil goals. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Hapless insurance salesman Mickey (Greg Kinnear) isn't above stretching the truth to land bigger contracts, scam extra money, or win women behind his wife's ( Lea Thompson) back in Thin Ice, but he sees an opportunity to keep himself afloat when he meets elderly Gorvy Hauer (Alan Arkin). Gorvy's got a collectable violin and very little memory of what he does and does not own (or have insured), and Mickey can make an easy $25,000... easy, until Billy Crudup installs a new security system in the senior citizen's home. As the caper becomes more complicated, it also becomes more dangerous, and what was supposed to be a little easy money becomes a small fortune, untrustworthy partners, and a body count. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
A film about the 2008 financial crisis, HBO Films' Too Big to Fail stars William Hurt as Terry Paulson, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, as he scrambles to keep the economy from collapsing. As the CEO (James Woods) of the failing Lehman Brothers investment bank looks for investors, knowing the government would never agree to another bailout, members of the Federal Reserve (including Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup) try to salvage the economic system that is beginning to topple. Vying for control over an unstable system, these power-brokers fight to keep their agencies and companies alive in a contest that decided the fates of millions. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Poland's Best Foreign Film Academy Award Nominee In Darkness is the story of Leopold, a conniving sewer worker in WWII era Poland. At first, he sees the opportunity to make money by charging Jewish refugees and keeping them in secret, underground tunnels... away from the Nazis. As the war goes on and the money runs out, Leopold keeps his refugees trust, but life underground is a constant battle for survival in the dark, among the rats, with little food to go around. With Benno Furmann and Herbert Knaup. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
A clever hit man called "The Brain" (Louis Koo) specializes in untraceable assassinations by making all of his kills look like accidents in the Chinese Accident. When something goes wrong and impacts The Brain's life, he's sure it's not an accident: he has been targeted by another hit man with a similar style. Not sure who to trust, he tries to ferret out traitors and saboteurs in his midst, but is he outmaneuvering his pursuer or just battling his own paranoia?
Marley (Kate Hudson) is a successful advertising executive with a free and fun-loving life in A Little Bit of Heaven when she receives some shocking news: she has cancer. Her new circumstances endear her to her doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal), a stoic professional who's never seen a patient cope with cancer with such humor and verve. Facing cancer, Marley makes the most of her life, learning what's really important to her in the time she still has. With Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage.
Tyler Perry directs and stars in Good Deeds as Wesley Deeds, a wealthy man running the family business. He's got a good life and a beautiful fiancee (Gabrielle Union), but when he meets a recently-evicted single mother (Thandie Newton), he realizes his ivory tower may be keeping him removed from a lot of life. Wesley starts to see things from a new perspective, but his new tendency for generosity could complicate his untouchable life. With Brian White and Phylicia Rashad.
Sweet JP (Tim Matheson) is a rarity in the intergalactic racing arena-- he doesn't play dirty and he refuses to mount weapons on his car-- but he still makes his way into the Redline race in the animated Redline. The high stakes competition puts him in the middle of a high speed, no rules race against a host of alien drivers... but JP has to navigate the hostile military that run's the planet hosting the race, the mafia that would control his life (and the outcome of the race), and the attacks of other racers.
When the gang stops by Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy to visit Velma's sister, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby find themselves in the middle of a mystery in Abracadabra-Doo. When a gryphon, the school's mascot, actually appears and starts wreaking havoc, it's up to Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery and save the school.
New this week in our TV New Releases:
The 8th and final season says goodbye to Vince, E, Turtle, and Ari, as they all close their series-long stories and set out for new horizons.
|The partners who created a hit BBC series fly to Los Angeles to adapt their own work, only to find their scripts compromised, their business partners insincere, and their erudite lead character re-cast as Matt LeBlanc.|
Triad Election, Zu Warriors
Black Sheep, The West Wing