Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: ‘Haywire’ & ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’

It’s Thursday and that means tomorrow we can begin looking forward to the weekend and another trip to the box office.  This week a few movies that have everything you’re looking for in the way sentiment and exciting action.

It’s not a weekend for the kiddos this week with 4 movies all geared told the adult audience.  We’ll let our Queen of the Silver Screen and DFW Film Critics Association memeber Julie Fisk tell you about our first two:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

First, there’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” starring Thomas Horn as a boy coping with the loss of his Father in the 9/11 attacks.

Thomas Horn has never acted before. He got Director Stephen Daldry’s attention while winning “Jeopardy: Kid’s Week,” yet here he is, holding his own with Oscar winners Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock. Thomas plays Oskar, who may or may not have Aspergers but he definitely has unconventional methods for coping with the death of his Dad.

Prepare yourself & bring extra tissues because this film exploits September 11th with reckless abandon. It revisits many of those awful images and even worse, sees them through the eyes of a grieving child. 

Despite this, I was so moved by Thomas Horn’s performance that I have to give “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” a B. I’m still amazed that this child, who has never acted before, could access those painful emotions.


On the opposite end of the spectrum is “Haywire” starring Gina Carano as a black ops agent running for her life.  There are some big names in this movie: Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and a horribly miscast Ewan McGregor, but the person you won’t be able to take your eyes off is Gina Carano.  She plays this black ops agent so convincingly because she is a Mixed Martial Arts Champion.  You might also know her as Crush on “American Gladiators.”

[photogallerylink id=69526 align=left]It’s too bad that she didn’t have a better story to work with because watching Carano beat the tar out of these guys is AWESOME!

I’m giving “Haywire” a C because the storyline is ridiculous and nearly impossible to follow, but if you feel like watching a super tough chick go nuts on some bad guys, you’ll be stomping your feet and cheering, just like I was.

Underworld Awakening:

Selene is back.  And after being held captive in cryogenics for 12 years she’s been awoke to a whole new world.   This is one that not only is she fighting the Lycans (werewolves) she is also fighting the humans who are hunting both vampires and lycans alike.

If you’re a fan of the Underworld franchise.  Then you’re probably on board with this movie.  Bringing back Kate Beckinsale in the lead role was a smart move for the series that saw a major drop off from movie #2 to movie #3.   If you are a fan of the series this is worth heading out to see.  If you’re not, one of the other movies this weekend might fit you better.

Red Tails:

George Lucas is the reason you’ll be able to see Red Tails this weekend.  The Star Wars creator funded pretty much every step of this movie, including distribution.  He believes in it.  We believe in it as well.

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The movie chronicles the journey of the Tuskegee training program during World War II.  The segregated black fighter pilots that were largely ignored, but when they were finally called upon proved their worth 10 fold.   It is a story we’ve all heard before, but the visuals have never been so astounding.

If you enjoy good entertainment with a bit of a history lesson, this should be your movie of choice this weekend.


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