UPDATE: I originally had The Intouchables listed as releasing this week, but that date has changed to March 5. And The Paperboy was moved to January 22 as well... Maybe these studios should stop counting on Oscar nominations for their release dates.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection)
Alfred Hitchcock twice directed The Man Who Knew Too Much, once in 1934 with Peter Lorre and again in 1956 with James Stewart. Criterion is releasing the '34 edition of the story that focuses on a man and his wife who receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. I've never actually seen this version, but I can only assume Criterion has given it all the attention it deserves.
To Rome with Love
To Rome with Love made my most disappointing of 2012 list, primarily because I look forward to every Woody Allen film and this one simply failed to deliver the overall goods. It's still decent and maybe I need to adjust my expectations, but rent this one or don't, you aren't really missing much.
Branded seemed like it could be interesting, but I haven't yet taken the time to watch it. Here's the synopsis for any of you that may also be intrigued:
Branded is a dark and mind-bending sci-fi thriller that takes you into a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man's quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.
Sounds like a rental, but could be a decent one.
I received this screener, but when the studio is unwilling to screen it for me in theaters I don't instantly rush to watch it at home.
Ugh, I only wish the studio had been unwilling to screen Taken 2, a film that made my Worst Movies of 2012 list and the "unrated" version on Blu-ray can't be any better.
Won't Back Down
This may be one of the most surprisingly mediocre films of 2012 given the cast that's involved and the solid performances from Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but believe me when I say this should have been on Lifetime and never released in theaters as it was one of the biggest bombs of the year.
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As a visual and aural piece of cinema, Backcountry is quite effective, but too much time is dedicated to superfluous scenes that only cause the story to drag rather than be as engaging as the filmmaking itself.
Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar, the story of one rich man's search to determine if the bottles of wine he spent too much money on actually belonged to Thomas Jefferson.