OK, it’s January, a notoriously dark time at the cineplex: dark in terms of genre, in terms of quality and in terms of attendance. The good news is, if you want to curl up on your couch with a good movie, there are plenty of options out there. And should you be in the mood for a little light-hearted action, well the news just gets better and better. Here are the latest and/or most popular rentals:
Men in Black 3
For a throwaway third installment of a played-out franchise, this movie is surprisingly entertaining. It’s worth watching just to see Josh Brolin’s uncanny portrayal of a young Tommy Lee Jones.
The Dark Knight Rises
This may or may not be the final film in this Batman reboot. Yes, it’s a superhero movie, but it’s a superhero movie with a cast that reads like the guest list to an Oscar party. It’s the perfect combination of acting and action.
Time-travel movies make me cringe, but this is a refreshing take on the theme. Here, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin in the future who kills his targets back in time before they become a problem for his employer. It’s smooth-sailing until his next assignment is the future him.
The Amazing Spider-Man
This movie suffers slightly in the shadow of The Dark Knight Rises; nevertheless, it is a refreshing, well-acted take on a tired tale.
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner steps into Matt Damon’s formidable shoes as the next Jason Bourne. It turns out that there is a whole group of Jason Bournes, super-assassins created by Treadstone. As much as I liked this film, it pains me to think that with that premise, the studio can just keep cranking these movies out.
Unfortunately, the more Robert Pattinson appears in films, the more it becomes clear that the impassive, emotionless vampire Edward Cullen is the extent of his range. Here, he plays a Wall Street kingpin in crisis in a futuristic New York.
This films starts off with a phenomenal premise: a talentless writer stumbles across a literary masterpiece tucked into an old valise in a Paris thrift shop. He submits it as his own, and instantly becomes the toast of the New York literary world. His life is perfect, until the real author appears.