Lite’s Review Room – Movie Weekend

The weekend is fast approaching and that means that there are new movies hitting the cinema.  Lite’s Review Room takes a look at the stinkiest (literally, you can smell it) movie with Spy Kids 4 and a classic vampire movie remade with a classic movie hunk in Fright Night.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World in 4D

The Fourth installment of the Spy Kids series features a brand new cast from the last, simply 3D, piece of the series.   Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, and Jeremy Piven star in this family action adventure film.   Alba is a retired spy who is trying to settle down with McHale, their new baby and McHale’s two kids (super intelligent and great at being spies) when Jeremy Piven’s character the “Time Keeper” threatens to take over the world and Alba is called back into duty.  Alba ends up getting help from her new step kids and new husband, all the while still being a good mom to the young baby.

What is really interesting in the 4D aspect.   Director Robert Rodrieguez developed what he calls “Aroma-Scope” that corresponds smells with the movie with the help of indicators.  How it works: Viewers are given scratch-and-sniff cards with circles numbered 1 to 8. When a number appears on screen, they rub the corresponding circle on their cards, and get the smell of what the characters are smelling.  Rodriguez says it tested well with parents and kids during test screening.  We’re buying it.   A fun way to allow the kids to feel more like they are apart of the movie.

We know there will be enough of the adult undertones to keep us interested (reportedly, Alba does a fight scene while in labor, not very plausible, but should be entertaining) and the Spy Kids movies haven’t let us down yet with the kiddos, so we’re ready to get our 4D experience.

Fright Night

Lite’s Review Room movie critic Julie Fisk from KLRD let’s us know if the of new version of “Fright Night” is worthy our weekend viewing?

Fright Night” stars Colin Farrell as a Vampire who moves into a Vegas suburb and terrorizes his neighbors.  When I told my friends I was going to see “Fright Night,” they gave universally the same response: “Ugh.” One friend even said it was sad that Colin Farrell had sunk to the level of remaking cheesy vampire flicks. [photogallerylink id=51544 align=right]I for one, was a excited about the new “Fright Night.” Maybe because I’m a fan of vampire flicks, but more likely because I’m a fan of Colin Farrell. I was not disappointed in either regard.

Like the original from 1985, this “Fright Night” wants to keep you scared but laughing. Of course, it’s been modernized for the computer generation and there are multiple changes to the original story line. My favorite update though, is the use of 3D. Yes, there are the required blood-and-weapons-being-thrown-at-your-face scenes, but there is a 3D car chase that actually puts you inside the car as you’re being chased by Colin Farrell’s crazed vampire. It’s fantastic!

And let’s talk about Mr. Farrell for a minute. He is scary, and sexy, and I’m not quite sure I’ve seen him have THIS MUCH fun in a movie before. The only complaint I have about “Fright Night” is that I wish it had been a little scarier. Thankfully they went light on the gore, but they could have backed off the camp a little and really made it sinister, but that’s my only gripe.

And that’s why I’m giving the 2011 “Fright Night” a B+. Yes, Colin Farrell’s remake of a cheesy ’80’s vampire flick got a B+ because it was almost great. Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are.

One Day

One Day” starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess tracks the friendship of the two leading characters from their first day together – July 15th, 1988: their college graduation – and every July 15th after that for 20 years.   They get together every year on that day to relive the start of their friendship, and we see how their lives change and how this one day every year is leading them to realize what they have been looking for is July 15th, every day of the year.

We like the idea of watching a relationship over 20 years through one day a year, but this fits the classic romantic movie role where we’re pretty sure these two end up with each other at just the right time in their lives.   What we don’t know is why this wasn’t released a month ago…The whole movie takes place on July 15th, why not release the movie on July 15th? It was even a Friday!

We’ll take our chances with Fright Night or Spy Kids before using our one day off for “One Day”, but we’ll be sure to add it to our Netflix queue in a few months.

What else is in theaters this week: (Last Week’s Gross)

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