The sundrenched and dirt-caked crime drama Hell or High Water doesn’t break a lot of new ground when it comes to modern day neo-noir, and it doesn’t need to.
Peter M. Lenkov's Rest In Peace Department oozes with really fantastic ideas, and that's probably why Universal Pictures wanted to make it into a blockbuster franchise. The problem with the adaptation is that is misfires at almost every plot turn, and never seems to decide if it's going to be dark, funny, or just plain weird. That's also why it's very unlikely we'll see a sequel to R.I.P.D.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment released the first look at their upcoming film, Seventh Son, a fantasy epic that stars Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory, and Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin, based on author Joseph Delaney's Wardstone Chronicles series.
R.I.P.D. exists at the point where Men in Black meets The Frighteners, but leaning heavily towards the MIB side of things. Somewhere in that mix, there is probably a winning combination, but R.I.P.D. only gets it about half right, with a storyline that is more than likely to bomb until it rises again in a few months on Blu-ray.
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.
This is a busy week for Blu-ray and DVD releases as five major releases arrive on store shelves, including: Martin Scorsese's intense Taxi Driver celebrates its 35th anniversary; Disney debuts the original Tron and Tron: Legacy on Blu-ray; Narnia comes to life once more in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; plus a look at the IMAX movie, Hubble.
Opening this week, just in time for the holidays: Jeff Bridges stars in the Coen brothers' Western, True Grit; Jack Black is off to the land of the wee folk in Gulliver's Travels; Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are back for another round in Little Fockers; plus a look at Barney's Version.
In partnership with Walt Disney Studios Canada, The GATE is giving away double passes to advanced screenings of Tron: Legacy in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg, not to mention a chance to win a grand prize of Tron: Legacy swag.