Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Synopsis from IMDB: Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.
Pac’s Take: I guess now that this film is not in theaters anymore they dropped the “D” and are just calling it Jackass 3. Without that added gimmick of 3D there isn’t much attracting me to see this movie right away, in fact I wasn’t that interested when I could see it in 3D. I’m sure some of the stunts will be entertaining and the pranks could be funny but after 12 years of seeing these guys on-screen and on MTV since the first CKY came out, their once unique brand of humor is starting to wear thin.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton
Director: Roger Michell
Synopsis from IMDB: An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts.
Pac’s Take: I consider morning talk television to be sensationalized stories and banter that no one really cares enough about to watch when better programming is on. Morning Glory appears to be exactly that, except on film. With a $31 million gross it appears that I’m not the only person who feels this way. However a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, while not great, is much higher than expected.
The Next Three Days
Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson
Director: Paul Haggis
Synopsis from IMDB: A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.
Pac’s Take: I really do not know what to think about this film, which is probably why I didn’t make it to the theaters when it was released. A 7.4 rating on IMDB, Paul Haggis as writer/director, and Liam Neeson all appear to be the elements of a very good film, but a %50 rating on Rotten Tomatoes is perplexing. Also, while I’m not a huge fan of Russell Crow he does occasionally impress me and this seems like the type of role I might enjoy him in. Of all the films released on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, this is the one that interests me most.
Starring: Matt Damon, William Ackman and Daniel Alpert
Director: Charles Ferguson
Synopsis from IMDB: Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.
Pac’s Take: Given the fact that I paid $3.50 for gas today and I’m privileged enough to live where gas is relatively cheap, this documentary about the U.S. financial meltdown would probably just infuriate me. Aside from that displeasure all signs point to this being a great film. Certified fresh with a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but probably best to watch on payday (if you’re lucky enough to have one).
Starring: Carla Gugino, Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt
Director: Richard Levine
Synopsis from IMDB: A comedy about a New York City couple (Schreiber and Hunt) in romantic crisis.
Pac’s Take: Though the description lists it as a romantic comedy, this film appears to be more of a family drama about a man’s mid-life crisis. I consider Carla Gugino to be a very underrated actress (though her newest box office release Elektra Luxx is even more critically panned), and Liev Shreiber has good acting ability, just not good ability in choosing films. The film is not marketed for my demographic and with a %41 on Rotten Tomatoes, it is one that I may catch out of convenience but not out of desire.