New Movie Showdown: 'Dredd' vs. 'End of Watch' vs. 'Trouble' vs. 'House' vs. 'Perks' vs. 'The Master'
With the summer over and Award season quickly ramping up, the studios are releasing a plethora of new films this fall, with this weekend being a particularly crowded time.
In addition to the expansion of the limited release of "The Master," audiences are facing three new wide releases at the multiplexes on Friday: "Dredd," "End of Watch," "House at the End of the Street" and "Trouble With the Curve," while movie fans in L.A. and New York will also have "Perks of Being a Wallflower" to consider (it opens in more cities next week).
We take a look at the new films in HitFix's New Movie Showdown.
HitFix grade: B.
Read Drew McWeeny's review.
The lowdown: The longtime Brit comicbook character comes to the big screen again, this time with Karl Urban subbing for Sylvester Stallone and some gritty action subbing for the 1996 film's scattershot camp approach.
In the dense dystopian future of "Dredd," many people escape their dreary lives by turning to a mind-altering drug called "SloMo." To depict its effects, the filmmakers used -- you guessed it -- a lot of slow motion. Check out this brief featurette about the film's style, including 3D blood splatters and, of course, slo-mo Karl Urban:
"End of Watch"
The lowdown: David Ayer ("Training Day," "Dark Blue") returns to the world of troubled LAPD cops, this time with a found footage/first-person POV spin. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play two L.A. officers who are targeted by a powerful drug cartel after uncovering a dark secret.
Watch one of the film's visceral shoot-outs here:
"Trouble With the Curve"
Read Kris Tapley's thoughts on the film here.
The Lowdown: Fresh off his bewildering appearance at the RNC, Clint Eastwood takes a break from directing to *just* star in this drama about an aging baseball scout (Eastwood) re-connecting with his daughter (Amy Adams) and forming a friendship with a former player-turned-rival scout (Justin Timberlake).
Watch J. Timberlake put the moves on Adams in this clip:
"Perks of Being a Wallflower"
HitFix grade: A-.
Read Drew McWeeny's review here.
The lowdown: Stephen Chbosky directed this adaptation of his own popular novel about a freshman misfit (Logan Lerman) who finds himself when he starts hanging out with an older, free-spirited crew that includes the lovely Sam ("Harry Potter's" Emma Watson). It's only opening in L.A. and NYC this Friday, and opening wider next week.
See what it's like to feel infinite as Charlie and Patrick ("We Need to Talk About Kevin's" Ezra Miller) drive around with the spontaneous Sam and a Bowie tape:
Read Drew McWeeny's B- review here, and Guy Lodge's A- review here.
Already doing stellar business in early runs in NYC and L.A., Paul Thomas Anderson's cryptic exploration of two men's damaged psyches -- and the roots of a Scientology-like religion -- is wowing many critics and building hearty Oscar buzz, especially for stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
Watch Adams talk about her experience working with Anderson and Phoenix here:
"House at the End of the Street"
The Lowdown: Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence play a mother and daughter who move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl died. Guess what? The killing isn't over yet.
With all these new films hitting theaters, what will you see this weekend?
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
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