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.
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!
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.
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% (Critics) 61% (Audience) Directed By: Alan Ball Written By: Alan Ball Starring: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette Studio: Warner Independent
Synopsis:Towelhead is a pitch black comedy that follows several months in the life of Jasira, a 13-year old Arab-American girl, as she begins to blossom into womanhood. We are taken along for the ride as Jasira experiences the confusing and petrifying road to sexual awakening while under the ever watchful eye of her overly strict father and the lecherous eye of her unhappily married neighbor.
The last season of Dexter was a disappointment on many levels. The show was unable to fully capitalize on the murder of Dexter’s wife Rita and spin that tragedy off into storylines that were interesting and entertaining. Instead we were made to suffer through a first half of the season that was almost painful to watch and a second half that, while better than the first, did not live up to the standards set by this show over the years. This dip in quality was augmented by the show having come off of what was arguably its best season ever. The Trinity Killer storyline was amazing and to follow that up with Dexter in mourning and then falling in love with some creature named Lumen (the interminable Julia Stiles) was just a serious misstep.
The new season of the post-Charlie Sheen era begins with a funeral for Sheen’s eponymously named character. The funeral was not nearly as funny as one would have hoped considering the proceedings were attended by a host of beautiful but scorned women who all wanted to make sure that Charlie was indeed dead. Instead the entire segment came off like public therapy for show creator Chuck Lorre. It was mean spirited and a bit angry in my estimation. Sadly it wasn’t all that funny aside from a little exchange between Russell (Martin Mull) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) about money that Charlie owed Mull’s character for supplying a boatload of pharmaceuticals.