The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Some people will hate on this series just because it seems like the thing to do, but for those who can lay off the sarcasm triggers long enough, this final installment of the “Twilight:” series was a lot of fun with one of the best fake-out scenes I’ve seen in years. This also has a special release date so instead of the normal Tuesday, it’s coming out this Friday just in case you were planning on camping out in front of Best Buy or Target to get it tomorrow.
The Master – In this actor’s showcase (stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams were nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress) a Navy veteran (Phoenix) comes back from the war completely uncertain with his life’s direction and receives something to get behind courtesy of (not at all Scientology analogy) The Cause and its captivating leader (Hoffman). Phoenix won rave reviews for his performance and Hoffman could have easily won the Oscar for his work. See what all the fuss is about now.
Chasing Mavericks – Gerard Butler looks to have his career back on track with “Olympus Has Fallen,” but he didn’t make a smart move with this ill-advised surfer movie. Dude, seriously NO ONE pays to see surfer movies not named “Point Break.” In this one, Butler plays a surfing legend mentoring a young-up-and comer (Johnny Weston). This wiped out quickly in theaters and managing a laughable $6 million. That’s not the surprise to me though. I’m more stunned that 20th Century Fox sunk $20 million into making this obvious bomb.
Silent Hill: Revelations 3D – After her father’s disappearance, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) finds herself in an alternate reality where she learns secrets to nightmares that have haunted her since childhood. This series, arguably more than any other video game franchise seems like it should be the easiest to convert to movies, but none have worked so far and if Sean Bean can’t save your franchise, nothing can. Neither did this one so if you’re in the mood for good scares, you may want to look elsewhere.