Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: “The Vow” “Safe House”

There is a ton of movies hitting the big screen this weekend. Having trouble deciding which one is for you? Maybe we can help.

Here is our preview of all the new movies premiering this weekend.

The Vow

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The Vow is a new romance movie from Sony Pictures directed by Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) starring Rachel McAdams (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Channing Tatum (Dear John).

Based on a true story about a couple, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again.

Safe House

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Our Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk (member of the DFW Film Critics Association) saw this next flick:

 

“Safe House” stars Ryan Reynolds as a young agent forced to look after one of the CIA’s most wanted, Tobin Frost played by Denzel Washington.

 

I’d like to send out a request to all of the movie companies. If the plot includes the words “rogue agent,” please put it on the back-burner. There have been way too many agent-on-the-run movies recently. In fact, I think I made this request after seeing the movie “Salt” last year, but maybe they didn’t hear me.

That said, “Safe House” isn’t a BAD movie. Ryan Reynolds is the low man on the CIA ladder and when he gets a chance to move up, he blows it by losing the fugitive in his care, played by Denzel Washington. You learn along the way that Denzel’s rogue agent (see, there it is again) might not be the bad guy the CIA makes him out to be. Cue the car chases and the bromance.

These guys couldn’t make a better team. Denzel Washington is so smooth, but he walks a fine line between effortlessly cool and phoning it in. Ryan Reynolds on the other hand, works his tail off. He’s great, such an underrated actor and it has nothing to do with that ridiculous physique. He’s the perfect combination of tough and vulnerable needed for this role.

It’s all wasted though on a movie that feels too familiar from the opening frames and that’s why I’m giving “Safe House” a B-.

Rampart

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Rampart, is a new movie from LightStream Pictures directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) it stars Ben Foster (Pandorum), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Robin Wright (The Conspirator), and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland).

Los Angeles, 1999 — Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing “the people’s dirty work” and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind.

When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate.

Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense.

In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D

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20th Century Fox is re-releasing Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but this time it’s in 3D.  The film was directed by George Lucas (Star Wars) and it stars Liam Neeson (Taken), Ewan McGregor (Big Fish), and Natalie Portman (Black Swan).

Join the celebration as Star Wars returns to theaters. Discover how the epic story of Anakin Skywalker begins on the big screen for the first time ever in 3D.

A young slave boy on the desert planet Tatooine, Anakin is strong in the Force, and an amazing Podracer pilot. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discovers Anakin and sees his potential to be a great Jedi Knight. Meanwhile, the droid army of the greedy Trade Federation invades the peaceful planet of Naboo as part of a secret plot by the Sith to gain power.

In defending Queen Amidala of Naboo, the Jedi Knights will cross lightsaber blades with the deadly Sith Lord, Darth Maul.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a new movie from Warner Bros. directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore) and stars Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical).

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist.

It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest.

Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzmán) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.


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Safe House

“Safe House” stars Ryan Reynolds as a young agent forced to look after one of the CIA’s most wanted, Tobin Frost played by Denzel Washington.

I’d like to send out a request to all of the movie companies. If the plot includes the words “rogue agent,” please put it on the back-burner. There have been way too many agent-on-the-run movies recently. In fact, I think I made this request after seeing the movie “Salt” last year, but maybe they didn’t hear me. That said, “Safe House” isn’t a BAD movie. Ryan Reynolds is the low man on the CIA ladder and when he gets a chance to move up, he blows it by losing the fugitive in his care, played by Denzel Washington. You learn along the way that Denzel’s rogue agent (see, there it is again) might not be the bad guy the CIA makes him out to be. Cue the car chases and the bromance. These guys couldn’t make a better team. Denzel Washington is so smooth, but he walks a fine line between effortlessly cool and phoning it in. Ryan Reynolds on the other hand, works his tail off. He’s great, such an underrated actor and it has nothing to do with that ridiculous physique. He’s the perfect combination of tough and vulnerable needed for this role. It’s all wasted though on a movie that feels too familiar from the opening frames and that’s why I’m giving “Safe House” a B-. Here’s a reminder for the Star Wars fans. “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” is coming out in 3D this weekend, because apparently 2 dimensions just weren’t enough for Jar Jar Binks.

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