Although it gets off to a bit of a shaky start, the comedic thriller Murder Mystery manages to settle into an entertaining groove once the titular game is afoot.
Aimed squarely at a five-to-ten year old demographic that will likely devour any and every candy coated image put in front of them, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation offers up more of the same with a reduced sense of stakes and a level of visual and comedic ingenuity that’s on par with its franchise predecessors.
Opening at a theatre near you this weekend: Jason Bateman stars in the would-be killer comedy Horrible Bosses; the documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times delves into one of the biggest newsrooms in America; plus a look at Zookeeper, starring Kevin James.
Debuting on DVD and Blu-ray this week: the Coen brothers’ True Grit, with Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld; the silly romantic comedy Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler; the thriller Sanctum, by director Alister Grierson; plus a look at Blue Crush 2 and the final season of Stargate Universe.
Opening this weekend in theatres across the country: Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell star in the epic adventure, The Eagle; Adam Sandler tries to woo a younger woman in the comedy, Just Go With It; William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy gets a comic take in the animated Gnomeo And Juliet; plus a look at the music documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has Michael Cera fighting for the love of his life; David Duchovny stars in the third season of Californication; plus a look at Ramona And Beezus, Grown Ups, and Charlie St. Cloud.
Opening this week at a theatre near you: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in the action-comedy, Knight And Day; John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill fight it out for the love of a woman in Cyrus; and Adam Sandler leads a group of aging guys in the reunion comedy, Grown Ups.
Another week, and another huge stack of DVDs arrive in stores, and in my mailbox. Topping the list is a gorgeous new edition of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins, and a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo. Also out this week is Adam Sandler‘s You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening, Beetlejuice, and season two of 30 Rock.
Take a walk abroad this week, with three films that roam around the world. In You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, an Israeli agent wants to stop all the fighting and escape to become a hairdresser. The animated Kung Fu Panda features Jack Black as a giant panda who has been chosen to become a kung fu master. And the foreign film Mongol gives a glimpse back to the epic rise of Mongolia’s legendary leader, Genghis Khan.