Staying home to beat the heat? Here’s a look at the latest films in area Redbox machines
21 Jump Street (Rated R) – Call it a remake or a reboot or call it “21 Jump Street” for the next generation, but check out this seriously funny adaptation of the series that launched Johnny Depp’s career. While I had low expectations for this film, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill put a hilarious spin on the series, and Depp has one of the funniest cameos since Tom Cruise in “Tropic Thunder”. Redbox has it on DVD and Blu-ray.
Project X (Rated R) – Maybe it’s because I’m a parent or maybe it’s because I’ve just never understood the “party scene,” but I found this whole movie to just be morally reprehensible. In my original review, I compared to the “The Lord of the Flies” with drugs and alcohol. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Artist (Rated PG-13) – If you missed this movie in the theater, you may wonder how a black-and-white silent film went on to win the Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. All I can do is recommend you stop what you are doing and go rent it. “The Artist” is part “Sunset Boulevard” and part “Singin’ in the Rain” and all wonderful. In case you haven’t guessed, “The Artist” is my DVD pick of the week. It is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Redbox.
A Thousand Words (Rated PG-13) – Eddie Murphy is a literary agent that gets on the wrong side of a spiritual guru and finds his life tied to Bodhi tree in his backyard. Every time he speaks, a leaf falls off the tree. When the last leaf falls, both he and the tree…well, you see where this is going. Murphy is a likable actor who seriously needs to find better material. This movie is available on DVD and Bluray from area Redbox machines.
Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Rated R) – Tim and Eric squander the billion dollars they were given to make a movie and have to find a way to get it back to stay out of jail. If I had a billion dollars, I’d give it to them as long as they promised to never make another movie again. This movie is full of cameos from the likes of Will Ferrell and Zach Galafianakis, but it doesn’t help elevate the comedy.
The Perfect Family (Rated PG-13) – When a devout Catholic gets nominated for “Catholic Woman of the Year,” she tries to keep up the image of a perfect family despite her family being less than perfect. A stellar cast, including Kathleen Turner and Emily Deschanel, this one falls into that category of not being terrible, but not being terribly memorable either.
The Decoy Bride (Rated PG) – A superstar bride tries to fool the press with a “fake” bride but runs into trouble when sparks fly between the decoy and her groom. No, it’s not extremely original, but I have to say it’s pretty solid for a chick flick. It’s sweet and funny and stars two favorites – David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Kelly Macdonald (Brave, Boardwalk Empire).
Family Demons (Not Rated) – A girl can’t escape her family demons – in this case, the vengeful spirit of the abusive mother she killed. This Australian film is poorly conceived, poorly acted, and poorly edited. Skip it.
Grizzly Flats (Not rated) – An inventor discovers his invention may be responsible for “shadow people” tormenting his town, but he is reluctant to shut it down. Does anyone else remember when Judd Nelson being in a film was a good thing?
Space Dogs (Rated G) – A circus dog and a stray become cosmonauts. “Lady & the Tramp” in space? Not hardly. This poorly animated film probably won’t even entertain the little ones in your house.
Also available this week in your local Redbox machines:
Breakaway (Rated PG-13) – A pick-up hockey player dreams of making it to the NHL. He enlists the aid of a former professional who now drives a Zamboni.
C’mon Man (Rated R) – An on the rise stand-up comic gets success only to fall prey to it. Fresh out of rehab, he tries to start over.
Parasitic (Not Rated) – A group of friends in a nightclub must fight against an evil creature before it is unleased on the world.
To find the Redbox machines in the Ames area, follow this link. Remember, you can reserve the movie online and pick it up when you get there. If you live outside the Ames area, just enter your zip code to find a machine near you.