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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

The Good, Bad and the Ugly on Resident Evil, Finding Nemo 3D, For a Good Time Call, and Last Ounce of Courage

 

I am apparently not alone in thinking this fall scheduling is rather weak. Last weekend’s box office was the worst in a decade. The top movie The Possession didn’t even crack the 10 million dollar mark. The recent crop of cinematic duds looks to extend to this weekend, with the only one that appears good being a rerelease of a 2003 animated movie. I won’t be surprised if the first film on this week’s list is the top earner for the weekend, but that is more of a sad statement on the current slate. Leading off the new batch is…
 
 
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead. *
 
The Good – I’ve got nothing.
 
The Bad – Everything. While the first of the Resident Evil movies could be viewed as a prequel of sorts for the game franchise, the rest of the series has devolved into nothing more than a cinematic fan-fic with the director’s wife standing in as his Mary Sue. Paul W. S. Anderson’s insistence on inserting Milla Jovovich as the main character has shifted the series so far from its gaming origins that I no longer consider it a video game franchise. Instead, it’s a series of really poor horror films that somehow dupes fools into parting with their cash. Full disclosure, I am one of those fools; although I question my sanity every time I suffer through a Paul W. S. Anderson movie.
 
The Ugly – Just the Umbrella Corporation in general. The perseverance in continuing their business model after wiping out the majority of the human population with the G-Virus is baffling. I can’t imagine the stock holders are pleased.
 
Resident Evil: Retribution is rated R for sequences of strong violence throughout.
 
 
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. *
 
The Good – Finding Nemo is one of Pixar’s strongest and most well regarded films in their repertoire. I could give a full review but I’m sure the majority of my readers has seen the movie and has already formed an opinion. It’s one of my favorites and is a welcome return to theaters.
 
The Bad – It’s a little shameful how Disney keeps releasing their old catalogue with a 3D upgrade, when the majority of the potential patrons already have the movie at home on Blu Ray or DVD. In the past when there was not the proliferation of home theaters, a rerelease was something to look forward to. Now, I just pop in a disc and I can watch it whenever I want on my giant screen TV. It’s not the same as a theater viewing but nowadays it’s pretty close.
 
The Ugly – I may be in the minority but I think the next 3D updated movie from Disney should be The Goofy Movie. Who’s with me?
 
Finding Nemo 3D is rated G.
 
 
Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together. *
 
The Good – Expanding from its limited run, For a Good Time, Call… looks to continue the recent trend of female raunchy comedies trying to one up The Hangover. It reminds me of the ABC show Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, which is a good thing. While the trailers had me chuckle a bit, there is a little sweetness hiding underneath. If the characters are likeable enough, it may be a decent film.
 
The Bad – Then again, the only real part that I did laugh during the trailers was Seth Rogan’s brief appearance at the end. The main characters situation and reactions struck me as false, which is hard to overlook. Hopefully in the final product, it gels into a more cohesive and funny whole. For the time being, I think I’m just going to lose the number.
 
The Ugly – Trying to come up with a joke that won’t be deconstructed as dirty.
 
For a Good Time, Call is rated R for strong sexual content throughout, language and some drug use.
 
 
In honor of his son, a fallen soldier, a small town mayor fights the Washington bureaucrats who are trying to take his freedoms away.
 
The Good – Former football star Fred Williamson is in it…
 
The Bad – It’s bad when I think a Paul W. S. Anderson movie looks better than this. Last Ounce of Courage looks terrible. I’m not here to disparage whatever message the filmmakers wanted to make (I leave any political comments for others) but this just looks poorly made. Just from the trailers, I was cringing at the caliber of acting on display, the cinematography appeared lackluster and it forces emotional manipulation to the nth degree. I’m calling it early; this is not a good movie.
 
The Ugly – Those evil folks in Washington, trying to take away our freedoms. Grrrrrrr. I shake my fist at you.
 
Last Ounce of Courage is rated PG for thematic elements, some war images and brief smoking.
 
That will do for this week. Tune in next time when we meet the man who is the LAW! Until then, I recommend selling all your stock in Umbrella.
 
*All summaries except Last Ounce of Courage taken from IMDB.com
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