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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

A few brief thoughts on this week's New Releases including Olympus Has Fallen and The Croods.

 There are 7 new local releases this week, so I’m going to do things a little different.  Instead of doing the usual good, bad, and ugly routine, I’m going to give a basic thought or two about each one.  So here we go…




Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.  *


Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in this action thriller ripped from the seventh season of “24”.   It looks like a highly stylized action film and with Fuqua behind the lens, I have confidence it may be better than average (or at least better than A Good Day to Die Hard).


Olympus Has Fallen is rated R for strong violence and language throughout.




A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. *


Tina Fey and Paul Rudd headline this comedy from the director of the 1st American Pie.  Despite the talent involved, nothing about this film seems funny.  Instead, it’s bland and uninteresting.  Pass from me.


Admission is rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material.




The world's very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world. *


 It’s an animated children’s film from the creators of Racing Stripes and How to Train Your Dragon.  Only one of those movies gives me any confidence in this film.  Although, it does star the awesome Nicolas Cage so my final determination is…maybe.


The Croods is rated PG for some scary action.




Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. *


Vanessa Hudgins and Selena Gomez cast aside their kids show roots as their indiscretions land them in the path of a crazed James Franco.  The film looks disturbing, but I’d expect nothing less from one of the writers of Kids.


Spring Breakers is rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout.




As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. *


It’s been out for a while in limited release and this Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones thriller is not getting good reviews.  It’s racked up only 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 28 from Metacritic.  This looks to be one that is best avoided.


Emperor is rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).




A documentary based on the honor, courage and commitment of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy, who gave his life for his men in 2005 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007. *


I think I’ll pass on my usual snark on this one.  All service men and women have my eternal gratitude for what they do for us.


MURPH: The Protector is rated PG for thematic material and some language.




After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. *


The director of Oldboy comes stateside for what looks like a disturbing coming of age story.  Like the lead character, I’m both confounded and infatuated with this production.  I may have to check it out at the Kentucky this weekend.


That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when the Joes finally hit the screen after being pulled from last year’s schedule.  Until then, I need my Nicolas Cage fix.

*all summaries taken from

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