Justin Quizon

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The new week is upon us, and for us in the U.S. of A., we got Thanksgiving. So some of the new movies that are coming out this week will be released this Wednesday instead (in hopes of you folks wanting to see a movie Wednesday night before you’re forced to see the family Thursday.)

Not gonna lie, it’s gonna be a pretty quiet release this week. One’s a spin off, one’s a sequel and then the rest of the week is a couple of small indie releases.

OH, and we get another double dose of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Let’s start off with…..

NOVEMBER 26

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What’s it about? Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.

My thoughts? The first of two spin off movies that’s coming out within the year (the Minions movie from Despicable Me will be out in 2015.) I haven’t seen a single Madagascar movie, but I know how popular they are to kids, and the Penguins from that movie are popular enough to warrant a spin off movie. I giggled a bit in with this trailer, but I’m gonna sit this one out. I’m sure the kids will love it, and that it’s gonna make a boat load of money this weekend.

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What’s it about? Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

My thoughts? I still haven’t seen Horrible Bosses (I know I know, for a guy who’s the self proclaimed movie person on this site, I actually don’t see EVERYTHING.) Upon talking to Agent Nate last night about the movie, I asked him what his thoughts were on for the second one since he’s seen the first one.

Nate pretty much said that the first one was funny enough, and that Colin Farrell (who’s not in this one) was god damn hilarious. He then said….

“Now ask me if I think does that movie need a sequel?”

So I asked, “Ok, does that movie need a….?”

“NOPE!”

Fair enough. I still laughed quiet a bit with this trailer, and if you are a huge fan of the first one this seems like it would be worth your time if you just wanna hang out with the lead characters again. The cast is still good (and I LOVE Chris Pines’ stuff the most in this trailer) I think it’s awesome that Christoph Waltz is in this too, also being pretty damn funny. (I wonder if he and Jaime Foxx have scenes together? It would be a nice to see a strange Django Unchained reunion in this.) It’s a bit strange that Kevin Spacey gets no love in this trailer (i.e. no title card saying he’s in this one too) but whatever.

NOVEMBER 28

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What’s it about? At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

My thoughts? It has a strong cast and a interesting tone and sense of humor. I might be to my limit  on seeing an indie film about a lost individual and the young kid he/she is forced to take care of  but the two soon learn to like each other and  eventually have a strong bond by the end of the film. BUT, this has potential. The directing looks to be focused, and the script seems sharp. This might not break ground, but it could at least be a decent entry of the  ” lost individual and the young kid he/she is forced to take care of  but the two soon learn to like each other and  eventually have a strong bond by the end of the film.” genre.

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What’s it about? A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

My thoughts? I sense a huge The Exorcist influence in this movie,  but judging from the trailer it seems like they took the right lessons from that movie. The trailer is full of well done mood and the creep factor is high. The mother protecting her child element feels honest. I’d normally brush off a ton of horror film trailers, but this one seems like it could very well work.

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What’s it about? English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.

My thoughts? This is a very cool story, and I can see the appeal of turning it into a movie. But, since it’s a period film and it’s The Weinstein Company making it, this is clearly an Oscar-Bait film. Not saying it doesn’t look good, it actually looks quiet good, but this trailer is certainly trying to sell the high drama and the high sadness and the high hopefulness of the movie. The reviews are solid right now, and at the very least I’m  sure it’s a good watch, but I fear the eventual Oscar race and see the Weinsteins throw money in a campaign for this film to help get the damn thing an Oscar nomination. That’s a shame. That kind of ramming it down your throat campaign that can ruin the interest for a movie like this. Instead of letting the film be what it is, it’s the Weinsteins trying to tell us that the film is IMPORTANT. The truth is, no one can guarantee that with any film. Audiences will decided what films will make a lasting impression, not buying up Oscar nods. I don’t know if that’s the plan the Weinstiens have for this film, but don’t be surprised it ends up being the case. And if so, if they DO start doing that, decided this weekend if you wanna see this film. Watch that trailer, and think now if this appeals to YOU. If it does, seek it out. For me, it looks interesting enough that I’d be down to check it out.

So folks, do any of these movies look appealing enough to see it this Holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

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