Let’s face it. Summer is almost over.
So, instead of wallowing in our misery, let’s embrace denial. And hey, what better way than heading to the theatre?
Here are OUR picks for the weekend of August 2, 2013.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos.
Synopsis: Two competing bureaus send operatives to work together. The problem is, neither knows the other is a federal agent. Naturally, they attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and everything goes wrong.
What We Think: This loos like your standard “we don’t like each other, but let’s work together to bring everyone down,” buddy-cop movie. With Wahlberg and Washington though, there is some incentive to watch.
Cockneys vs. Zombies
Starring: Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan and Alan Ford.
Synopsis: In the middle of planning a bank robbery (to pay for their grandfathers old age home), two brothers encounter an unexpected threat. Yep, you guessed it. Zombies. A mysterious virus is sweeping across London, turning residents into the living dead. As a result, the brothers are forced to band together and take back their neighborhood.
What We Think: At first glance, this movie is Shaun of the Dead. Regardless, you should get what you pay for. Assuming, of course, you’re paying for zombies, gore, comedy, old people with uzis, etc.
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu and Christian Camargo.
Synopsis: Six astronauts are sent to Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons) on a privately funded endeavor. Their mission, naturally, is to find proof of alien life. Unfortunately, their investment may be more than just time and experience.
What We Think: This movie looks awesome. It depicts space exploration in a realistic manner, and hints at first contact with aliens in a documentary style.
The Smurfs 2
Starring: Christina Ricci, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry and Sofa Vergara.
Synopsis: The evil wizard Gargamel has created the ultimate equivalent to the Smurfs; the Naughties. Unfortunately for him, he discovers that only a real Smurf (like Smurfette can give him what he wants). Having been kidnapped my Gargamel, Smurfette must be rescued by the other smurfs. But after being alienated her entire life, will she find a new home with the Naughties?
What We Think: To be honest, this movie looks “okay.” It’s a CGI-ridden kids movies based on a late 50’s concept (which, admittedly, is timeless). If you’re expecting cheap laughs and corny antics, you should be fine.
Up in Smoke
Screening: Friday, August 2, 9:30pm at the TIFF Lightbox
Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin and Edie Adams.
Synopsis: On a random night on a random highway in California, Cheeck and Chong reunite, only to be accidentally deported to Mexico for possession. Desperate to get home for their gig, they drive a van back to the States (unaware of its contents), while picking up female hitchhikers and avoiding cops.
What We Think: It’s a pair of comedy legends doing a whole bunch of weed and driving a van made out of weed. You really can’t go wrong with a comedy like this.