I'll give you the bad news first. The big movie opening last week was Dumb and Dumber To. A sequel that in 1994 then A-lister Jim Carrey scoffed at as preposterous. Who needs $10 million for a crap movie when people are beating down your door with offers? I guess when it's that or a reality show, the choice is a bit more tempting. The good news: a lot of terrific options were released this week as well. Perhaps studios sensed people steering clear of the cineplex. Who knows.
Nothing grabbing you at the theater? Here are the options for home:
I'll give you the good news first: If you are a special-effects fan, there are plenty of choices for movie rentals. If you're not...well, the new fall TV season starts soon. Here's what's new on DVD. Oh, and if you can only handle one big superhero movie, I've ranked them in order of preference.
If you decide to skip the cineplex, these are the top rental options:
As we near the end of Hollywood’s self-proclaimed dead time (why on earth one exists is a question for another day) movie goers approach the Cineplex with the caution of a squirrel. And much like that squirrel, you may discover that the treat is not where you left it. So if you aren’t interested in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to convince everyone that he’s 45, or witnessing a lot of teen drama—both on screen and in the audience—you may want to wait a few more weeks before venturing back to the big screen. Here’s what’s new and interesting:
The weather may be warming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything in theaters worth seeing. If you remain firmly planted to your couch, rightfully suspicious of the thaw, you have options. Here’s what’s new on DVD:
Considering the options at the megaplex, it may be wise to stay in this weekend and rent a movie. Here's a list of what's out:
Well, the weather outside may still be frightful, so this weekend may be perfect for popping some popcorn and settling in with a good film. The list of recommendations is short, but there’s something for everyone. I’m skipping what’s popular and just going with what’s good.
If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
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It seems Oscar is taking a nap this week, so it might be a good time to hit the couch with a good download. Here are the new releases and top rentals:
Good news: The kids are in bed at a decent hour. Bad news: It’s getting darker earlier. Good news: There’s a refreshing crispness in the air. Bad news: The rainy chill of autumn has arrived. Good news: Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum have been locked up until next summer. Bad news: George Clooney and Michael Fassbender haven’t been let out yet. Good news: There are some outstanding films to watch at home. Bad news: There are some that are so appalling, you will wonder why no one warned you. Well, consider yourself warned...
If the theater selections seem grim, don’t lose hope. There are some colorful options available to watch from the comfort of your own home.
Film critics are calling this the 'Summer of the Bomb.' I’m not sure studios have ever had so many box office flops in one season. Audiences are telling Hollywood in no uncertain terms that it’s going to take more than an A-list star and a hundred-million-dollar budget to sell tickets. So, if Channing Tatum in a wife-beater or Johnny Depp in war paint doesn't get you excited, I’m sorry to say I have good news and bad news on the home front. Here are some interesting rentals and some I wouldn't watch if I were tied to the chair.
If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend an evening, might I suggest avoiding the cineplex. There are a few worth seeing that you can watch from the comfort of your home. Here’s what’s out:
If you are not in the mood for car chases, gun battles, nuclear threats or absurd premises, then I suggest you stay home and rent Silver Linings Playbook. When a Tom Cruise-driven, alien-invasion, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it extravaganza grosses $5 million opening weekend, you know there are some movies out there resetting the bar. So if you are craving salty snacks, an overpriced soda and some state-of-the-art computer-generated imaging, you won’t be disappointed…And, action!
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Well, it’s another B- week at the movies. If you’ve checked all the Oscar nominated films off your list, and you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen and Oz the Great and Powerful, it might be a good weekend to park on your couch. Here are some options:
OK. If your Oscar checklist is complete, and you are nauseated by the options at the cineplex—as well you should be—there is a silver lining. Not Silver Linings Playbook yet, but you have options. There are some great DVDs that came out this week, so if you want to stay in and hunker down with a good movie, these are my suggestions:
After the weekend I’ve had at the cineplex, I can say with confidence that unless you’ve got any of the Oscar winners you need to check off your list, stay home and download a movie. Here are some suggestions:
If you’re waiting for the Skyfall line at the box office to die down, here’s what's hot on DVD
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Well, Oscar season may be just around the corner, but it’s not here yet. So if you aren’t in the mood for a car chase or see a bunch of stuff get blown up, I suggest you avoid the Cineplex this month. The bad news: Yes, it’s the standard pabulum or sequels and remakes. The good news: Some of them look awesome.
For those of you who haven’t already taken your summer vacation, you still have time before school starts. Vacations, especially long car trips, with small children can cause anxiety for parents. I’ve experienced this first-hand—as I’m sure many of you have, as well, though I admit there were far fewer electronic devices for my children. For those of you who are new to the game and unsure of the best way to prepare for traveling with your little ones, here are a few suggestions:
Technology is always evolving, and the gadgets and gear that control the sights and sounds of your home are no exception. Whether you need a system upgrade or plan to start from scratch, there are plenty of options to consider.