This isn’t the best week for new releases as far as I’m concerned, which is just as well as next week has more than a few I’ll be adding to my collection.
Wreck-It Ralph – This video game theme film looked to have all the makings of a classic, but was done in by its two unlikable leads and a dull second act. Still, I liked this more than “Brave” as Ralph’s supporting cast was entertaining enough that I’d pay to watch their movie.
Red Dawn – A completely unnecessary remake that was even worse than I imagined. It’s got a dumb plot, incomprehensible action scenes, some terrible performances and little redeeming value. The film was shot and completed in 2009, but should have been left to rot even longer. Casting directors Tricia Wood and Deborah Aquila did have an eye for up-and-coming talent casting Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “Marvel’s The Avengers“), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games“) and Adrianne Palicki (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) in pivotal roles. Unless you’re a glutton for watching crappy movies, skip this one.
Playing for Keeps – Gerard Butler had a lousy 2012 what with the complete failure that was “Chasing Mavericks” and this ill-fated role as a former soccer star who figures coaching his son’s soccer team will help him get his life back in order. This has to be another one Butler wishes he could take off his movie resume.