Spring Breakers, Dead Man Down highlight new releases
This is an unusually busy week for new releases with five potential new additions to your collection.
Spring Breakers – If you’ve been dying to see Disney pop princesses Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens behaving badly with “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson or James Franco charismatically channeling every negative gangsta rap stereotype, this is your movie. Director Harmony Korine stages a pretty, but vacant film about four girls giving in to their deepest inhibitions on a wild spring break that they’ll never forget.
Admission – The charming pairing of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd can’t deliver a passing grade to this comedy/drama about a college admissions officer who may have met the son she gave up for adoption years ago.
If Fey and Rudd can’t make a comedy work (BTW kudos for someone making Fey the focus of a romance drama) then it’s probably not worth making in the first place. This isn’t one you should let your curiosity get the better of you and decide to grab on Netflix. Just move on to the next choice.
Dead Man Down – Colin Farrell stars in this action revenge film about a drug-lord’s enforcer who falls for his beautiful neighbor (Noomi Rapace), which could jeopardize everything he’s worked so hard to attain.
This died a quick death in the theaters – only grossing $18 million worldwide – but it deserved better as it’s pretty entertaining and its 80s-era action movie final scene is worth catching at least once.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – Jurnee Smollett-Bell stars in this Tyler Perry film as she plays a married woman tempted by a handsome billionaire and the repercussions it wrecks on her life. Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian co-star. As expected, critics hated it while Perry’s target demographic enjoyed it well enough so your mileage will wildly vary on this one.
The Host – A young adult romance film based on a Stephenie Meyer novel… that’s seemed to work pretty well in the past, but not so much with this film about a girl who tries to protect her loved ones from an unseen enemy that takes over victim’s bodies and erases their memories.
While Meyer may have more “Host” novels in mind, Hollywood won’t be knocking at the door to make the next movie.