Immortals – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36% (Critics) 57% (Audience)
Directed By: Tarsem Singh
Written By: Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides
Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff
Studio: Relativity Media

Synopsis: The mad king Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), enraged at The Gods for allowing his family to die, seeks revenge on them and the world by unleashing the Titans to destroy them. Only the peasant Theseus (Henry Cavill) stands in Hyperion’s way but will even being under the watchful eye of Zeus (Luke Evans) be enough for Theseus to stop Hyperion’s plans?

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Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Tower Heist

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68% (Critics) 60% (Audience)
Directed By: Brett Ratner
Written By: Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck, MAtthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe
Studio: Universal

Synopsis: After a crew of employees at a ritzy apartment building in New York are fleeced of their savings by one of the tenants, a wealthy businessman, in a Ponzi scheme, the working stiffs (with the help of a career criminal) plot to rob his penthouse to get their money back.

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Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Thing (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35% (Critics) 51% (Audience)
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Writers: Ronald D. Moore, Eric Heisserer
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ulrich Thomsen
Studio: Universal Pictures

Synopsis: The 1982 John Carpenter directed THE THING is one of the most revered horror movies in the history of horror movies. For my money it is the greatest achievement of Carpenter’s career and the best movie that Kurt Russell has ever had the pleasure of starring in. So it is with all of that heavy praise that the 2011 version of THE THING comes to movies screen across the country. The 2011 movie is a prequel that focuses on the doomed crew of the Norwegian research facility that is discovered by the equally doomed crew of the 1982 movie. The Norwegian’s discover a spaceship buried under the snow covered terrain and a single alien encased in ice. The alien in ice is the impetus for the head of the Norwegian science team to recruit an American paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD) to help with the discovery. Before you know it the shape-shifting alien breaks out of the ice and all hell breaks loose.

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Arena – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A (Critics) 25% (Audience)
Director: Jonah Loop
Writer: Tony Giglio and Michael Hultquist
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kellan Lutz and Johnny Messner
Studio: Stage 6 Films

Synopsis: ARENA is an action flick that finds TWILIGHT‘s Kellan Lutz as David Lord a former marine turned paramedic and semi-pro rugby player being forced into gladiatorial combat by Samuel L. Jackson, the nameless head of a “Fight Club to the death” show called Death Games that is broadcast online.

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The Descent – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% (Critics) 71% (Audience)
Director: Neil Marshall
Writer: Neil Marshall
Starring: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis: Upon first glance the best description of The Descent is that it’s about a bunch of lesbians who go spelunking but it’s more than that. A lot more. It’s about a bunch of lesbians who go spelunking and then get attacked by mutant mole men!

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Remake Rumble: Fright Night (1985) vs Fright Night (2011)

The 411: FRIGHT NIGHT is the remake of the 1985 horror classic of the same name. The setup is the same too: teenager discovers that his new next door neighbor is a blood sucking vampire fiend and sets out to stop him with the aid of his best friend, girlfriend, and a celebrity vampire hunter. It is really hard to review the new Fright Night in a vacuum that does not involve looking back at and comparing it to the original film. So this is going to be a combination review and match-up comparison of the two films.

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Final Destination 5 – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60% (Critics) 54% (Audience)
Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: Eric Heisserer, Jeffrey Reddick (characters)
Starring: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta and Tony Todd
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:  FINAL DESTINATION 5 takes its now well-worn concept of killing photogenic 20-somethings in new and creative ways out for another spin. In this installment a group of employees on a bus headed for a corporate team building retreat avert certain death thanks to the prescient vision of one of their co-workers. Of course, Death being a huge dick can’t just chalk it up to the law of averages and decides that all the survivors still need to die.

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