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Movies Released August 6th, 2010

Step_up_3dThis week there are no real big headliner movies being released, but a couple of them may make things interesting.  It all depends on the mood of the crowds going to see them.  All in all however, it looks like Inception will take the top spot once again.

First up is The Other Guys.  This movie stars Will Farrell and Mark Wahlburg in a new buddy cop comedy.  Farrell plays a desk cop who is forced out from behind his desk to team with Wahlburg, a cop whose reputation took a hit after a run in with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.  They find themselves on a path that leads directly to one of the biggest criminals in the city, and seize the chance to make a name for themselves.  There is plenty of support from the cast as well with Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson also appearing in the flick.  Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter says the movie is  “Bottom Line: Arrestingly funny”.

Next is Step Up 3D.  This movie is the third of the Step Up series, and it sees one of the kids of the Maryland School of the Arts discover the dancing underworld of New York City.  After joining a crew, he finds himself entered in an international dance competition where he lays it all on the line.  The first two movies of the series weren’t very well written, but they were at least worth watching for the incredible dance sequences.  Jason Anderson of the Toronto Star however calls the third incarnation “a kick in the head.”  He goes on to say that “Step Up 3D is as supremely exhilarating and thoroughly terrible as fans of the series might’ve expected.”

Middle Men is a comedic look at the birth of the porn industry on the internet.  It’s based on a true story, and stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and James Caan.  Unfortunately this movie has gotten very little positive reviews, as they say the script is pretty poor.  Claudia Puig of USA Today says “Think Boogie Nights meets Casino, though it’s not likely to make the lasting impression of either seminal film.”

And finally is the new Joel Schumacher film Twelve.  This movie follows the life of a drug dealer who starts to come apart at the seams after his cousin is murdered and his best friend is blamed for the crime.  This movie stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, and Rory Culkin, and Roger Ebert says  “the film is very well acted, and dark, dark, dark.”



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