Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57% (Critics) 59% (Audience)
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Written By: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman
Studio: SModcast Pictures
Synopsis: RED STATE is Kevin Smith‘s take on horror with the focus of the movie being a fundamentalist religious church (inspired by the real life religious groups like The Westboro Baptist Church) and the extreme measures the church takes when dealing with those they consider to be sinners.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) 84% (Audience)
Directed By: Eli Craig
Written By: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden
Studio: Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Synopsis: TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is the tale of two hillbilly BFF’s, Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) who are setting out to spend some quality time at their recently purchased cabin in the woods when they have the misfortune of running into a group of college kids heading to those same woods for a weekend getaway. A series of misunderstandings leads the college kids to assume that Tucker and Dale are a couple of Deliverance style crazy serial killers who have kidnapped one of their friends, Allison (Katrina Bowden). From there things get progressively crazier as the college kids begin to accidentally kill themselves in their attempts to “rescue” Allison from the two unsuspecting rednecks.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23% (Critics) 34% (Audience)
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Sean Hood
Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan
Synopsis: CONAN THE BARBARIAN is the slick remake of the far grittier (and better) 1982 version that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star. In this updated tale the Cimmerian warrior embarks on a quest to protect a virgin priestess and exact revenge for the murder of his father.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76% (Critics) / 91% (Audience)
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Written By: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer
Studio: DreamWorks Studios
Synopsis: THE HELP is the movie adaptation of the phenomenally popular book of the same name. The movie is set in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement and is about the black maids who work in the white households of Jackson and the young white woman who decides to tell their stories. The book has been pretty controversial with a lot of black historians taking offense to the telling of this story by a white woman and a black maid suing the author for supposedly stealing the story of her life. And that controversy extends to the movie as well with some black groups condemning it sight unseen. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about THE HELP because the story is based on a work of historical fiction so it strikes me as odd for people to get all pissy about it. Maids, mammies, and racism existed and hating on a movie just because it deals with those facts is just stupid.