How’s the “Honey Do” list looking for this weekend? Whether there’s lots of things on the list or your weekend is chore-free, chances are good that many of you will be checking out a movie this weekend.  What’s good? Let’s look at the new-ish options:

In The Theater

New Options

Man On The Ledge – Sam Worthington’s everywhere lately, and although the concept of having a movie centering around a person standing in one spot, I was pleasantly surprised by PHONE BOOTH, and the previews I’ve seen for this flick make it look like there’s considerably more depth to this plot than meets the eye. Time will tell, but there’s at least six discernible characters from the trailer, which is promising. Verdict: Wait a week to hear what the critics say before viewing.

The Grey – Liam Neeson is great in movies where he gets to play a bad-ass character, so at this point it only comes down to whether or not you like survivalist flicks, or if the thought of watching him beat the hell out of wolves bothers you. Verdict: Probably the safest bet out of any of the new movies this weekend to be worth your money.

One For The Money – Even though she’s hot and does alright with humor, Katherine Heigl flicks don’t always work well for guys. It’ll probably be acceptable to watch with a significant other who wants a chick flick at some point, but it’s doubtful that it’s going to be a movie on anyone’s “must see” list. Verdict: Wait until someone forces you to see it.

Still Around

Underworld Awakenings – It may have won the box office last weekend, but it’s getting sub-par reviews. As in, 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you’ve seen the other three flicks and didn’t catch it  last weekend, I’m guessing you’ll see this one – assuming the last one didn’t sour you on the series. Verdict: Probably some better options.

Haywire – This debuted in sixth place last weekend and I wouldn’t be surprised if it hopped up into the top 3 despite there being three new flicks hitting the box office this week. It’s getting good reviews (80% Fresh) and has a good cast. Verdict: If it comes down to Liam Neeson kicking ass or Gina Carano, I think the choice is easily in the former MMA Champ’s favor.

Gina Carano and Michael Fassbender in HAYWIRE

Red Tails – the previews make it look cool, but the reviews speak otherwise.  Verdict: Wait until you’ve seen the others on this list that sound interesting.

Contraband – Mediocre reviews for a movie whose previews don’t make it look special at all. Verdict: I’m not sure if anyone’s really still considering checking out this movie.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol or Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – neither of these films will probably be in the top 10 after this weekend, and they’ve both made boat loads of money. Verdict: Everyone else has probably already seen it and talking about it would probably include “you just saw that?!” so you may as well wait for DVD unless NOTHING else strikes your fancy.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – it’s a great flick, which is the only reason it’s on my list. Verdict: If you didn’t see it yet, you should. It does have an uncomfortable scene in it, so be careful about who you attend it with.

The Artist – It’s getting tons of great reviews, and there’s probably a reason for that. Verdict: If silent, black & white flicks don’t scare you off, see it.

On DVD

50/50 – the premise might be somewhat depressing, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be entertaining and probably a little uplifting.  It’s near the top of my list of upcoming rentals.

Real Steal -A feel good movie essentially taking Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots to the big screen? I doubt that anyone reading this is without a pre-formed opinion on it. If you wanted to watch it, you probably already did.

Paranormal Activity 3 – If this series appeals to you, then you’re one of the many many people who saw it in the theater. Judging from the ending, I’m guessing not many of you will be renting it.


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