"Gnomeo and Juliet" - James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith
An animated take on "Romeo and Juliet" that finds our star crossed lovers depicted as garden gnomes in rival yards. Is it weird that I really want to see this? I can't exactly explain why, it just looks like a fun time and the theaters have sorely missed fun times lately.
"Just Go With It" - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nick Swardson, Brooklyn Decker
A womanizing plastic surgeon with a heart of gold (Sandler) uses the children of his trusted assistant (Aniston) to unscrupulously seduce a naive beauty (Decker). I went to a screening of this movie tonight and I am absolutely shocked to report that it was actually good. After the debacle that was "Grown Ups" I'd about written Sandler off for good but "Just Go With It" is really quite funny and displays good chemistry between the leads. I fully expected this to be TERRIBLE. That whole book and its cover thing comes into play yet again.
"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" - Justin Bieber
Answer: $1 million. Question: What amount of money would it take to get you to see this movie? $1 million. And even then, I'd hate myself for it. I could handle the concept of a Bieber concert movie or whatever. To each his own. But to present a biopic-concert film about a 13 year old who's barely made a mark on the music industry is an insult to every musician in the world. And the nerve it takes to title this movie "Never Say Never" like Bieber is some dude from the projects who has changed the world for the better...die.
"The Eagle" - Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
A Roman solider (Tatum) and his slave (Bell) set out across the Empire to track down a missing legion of soldiers. An epic action-adventure like this should not be opening in February; at least not if it's any good. I also don't really get the appeal of Channing Tatum (beyond the obvious physical attributes). It's not that he's a terrible actor, he's just always come across as incredibly stiff and one dimensional. I'll wait for DVD.
"Cedar Rapids" (Limited) - Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche
A naive insurance salesman (Helms) is sent to a convention where he cuts loose for the first time in his life while under the guidance of a wild and wily convention veteran (Reilly). This has had some pretty positive buzz and the idea of Helms and Reilly teaming up is enticing. I've got passes to see this next week and it just might be intriguing enough to get me out to Dallas again. But man, how I hate driving to Dallas.