Remake of the HA BA cartoons from the 50s … both in 3D.
1. THE A-TEAM:
The big surprise is that this remake of the ‘80s action series did not do well at the box office. Compared to other TV show remakes (Bewitched, Starsky & Hutch) it’s a masterpiece. An origins movie, it shows the genesis of the team, and has a great sense of humour too, as well as blowing a lot of stuff up. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on the Mr. T role, with Liam Neeson (Hannibal) and Bradley Cooper (Face) rounding out the cast. The plot? Doesn’t matter … it pays appropriate tribute to the original , and sets some new directions. Rated PG.
2. THE OTHER GUYS:
Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have star billing here along with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, but don’t get to attached – they are gone just a few minutes into the film, which settles in on the story between a cop and his new “partner” Ferrell’s character, who is an admin accounting drone in the squad room. Didn’t work for me, but the box office told a different story as the mismatched pair tries to solve a crime. Rated 14A.
3. THE TOWN:
A critically acclaimed film directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars, in a story of crime and punishment in the Boston suburb said to be the bank robbery capital of the U.S. It’s a family business that gets passed on from father to son. Good performances by Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and a chilling portrayal of a thug by Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Rated 14A.
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4. THE A-TEAM:
Mr. T doesn’t show, but Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz have cameos that are after the closing credits … on the Blu-Ray, these cameos are inserted in the film itself.
THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY (1972):
George Peppard worked in Vancouver in the ‘70s on this action adventure flick … and the new A-Team, without the late Peppard, returned to the same location.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
Standard Narnia adventure that appeals to kids ‘ Excellent Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie thriller – who is who?
Natalie Portman deserves an Oscar nom for her portrayal of a ballerina on the edge … but quite depressing!