Released July 12, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe
Director: Brad Furman
Synopsis from IMDB: A sleazy defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.
Pac’s Take: Typically I’ll dismiss any movie where Matthew McConaughey recieves top billing, but the critical success of this film has peaked my interests enough to warrant it a rental (not to mention the ageless beauty that is Marisa Tomei).
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins
Director: James Wan
Synopsis from IMDB: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Pac’s Take: I’m a sucker for a good horror movie, and I hear despite Insidious’s PG-13 rating, it is so far the years best and scariest. My growing interest in Patrick Wilson also gives this film a boost, and despite The Lincoln Lawyer being the most acclaimed of this week’s releases, I vote Insidious as this week’s rental recommendation.
July 15, 2011
Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant
Director: Gore Verbinski
Synopsis from IMDB: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Pac’s Take: I have to be in the right mood for an animated film, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Rango. That being said, I’ll probably add this to my Netflix queue, though I’m sure it will be there for a while.
Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner
Director: Jason Winer
Synopsis from IMDB: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like.
Pac’s Take: I’m just not sure about this film. While the original was a great comedy, I find this to be an unecessary remake with a few actors I don’t particularly care for. Still, the marketing did a good job making this film appear to be genuine and well-scripted. Helen Mirren is also a plus. I’ll probably give this one a try in the near future.
July 19, 2011:
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish
Director: Neil Burger
Synopsis from IMDB: A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.
Pac’s Take: I seem to recall being interested in this movie when it was released in theaters but can’t recall what prevented me from seeing it. Still, now that it is on home video I’ll definitely give it a look.
Take Me Home Tonight
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris and Dan Fogler
Director: Michael Dowse
Synopsis from IMDB: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.
Pac’s Take: A cast full of names that haven’t fully lived up to their potential, Take Me Home Tonight seems to be yet another disappointment for Topher Grace, Anna Farris, and Dan Fogler. While the reception seems to echo that sentiment, I’ve seen enough glimpses of goodness from each of these actors to at least give this movie a shot.
July 26, 2011
The Source Code
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Director: Duncan Jones
Synopsis from IMDB: An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
Pac’s Take: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this film and am disappointed I wasn’t able to catch it during its theatrical run. Still, my reward is saving a few bucks and enjoying it in the comfort of my own home. This will be near the top of my Netflix queue.
Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato
Director: David Schwimmer
Synopsis from IMDB: A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.
Pac’s Take: I remember seeing this trailer when Chris posted it for an opening this week. I really like the cast for this film and look forward to watching it. As and aside, I was pretty shocked to write David Schwimmer in as the film’s director.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Starring: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem and Sam Huntington
Director: Kevin Munroe
Synopsis from IMDB:
The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.
Pac’s Take: I passed on Dylan Dog in theaters solely because of its poor critical reception. I’ve really been rooting for Brandon Routh after his disappointing departure following Superman Returns and look forward to seeing this on DVD/Blu Ray. Hopefully I enjoy the film more than others clearly have.