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By: Jeffrey Ford
By: Jeffrey Ford

Previewing the Good, Bad and Ugly of Flight, The Man with the Iron Fists and Wreck-It Ralph,

Happy Halloween!

 
This week on Now Playing, we’ll be catching a plane to fight Kung Fu style with Balrog. First up on the docket is…
 
 
An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.
 
The Good – Denzel Washington (Death Wish) can be counted on as one of the more reliable of today’s actors. Even in his lesser fares like The Bone Collector, Déjà Vu, and this year’s Safe House, he creates a memorable performance. No doubt, he will be excellent in this. The man directing him is Robert Zemeckis. He is best known as the man behind the Back to the Future franchise, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump. Then there is the story of the film. Americans love the flawed hero; someone who does an extraordinary deed but is saddled with a large burden. I admit, this movie does intrigue me. I don’t know if I’ll catch it in theaters, but it will be a definite Redbox.
 
The Bad – Flight is also Robert Zemeckis’s first trip into live action filmmaking since 2000’s Cast Away and What Lies Beneath. In the meanwhile, he’s been experimenting with life-like computer animated features like The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol. My question is if he still has what it took to make him one of the most prolific directors of the late 20th Century. 
 
The Ugly – I’m wondering if they’ll show this movie on an overseas flight. Something tells me that won’t be a smart idea.
 
Flight is rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence.
 
 
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
 
The Good – An over-exaggerated Kung Fu style action flick, produced by Quentin Tarantino, starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, and directed by RZA from the Wu Tang Clan? I am so there. I don’t even care if it ends up horrible; it’s still getting my money.
 
The Bad – Then again, this movie was co-written by Eli Roth, the mastermind behind the Hostel series. That gives me a slight pause… but only a slight. I have a feeling this will do much better overseas than here, as the foreign markets eat up this stuff. After all, they’re the main reasons we still have Resident Evil movies.
 
The Ugly – I’m trying to figure out why they had to name the movie after Jeremy Irons’ hands.
 
The Man with the Iron Fists is rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use.
 
 
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
 
The Good –I grew up in the NES era. I remember having words with anyone who would dare say the Super Nintendo was better than the Sega Genesis. I’ve since grown out of that extreme fan boy phase, but that still doesn’t mean a part of me didn’t light up when I saw the initial trailer for this movie. Seeing so many video game characters occupying the same screen was like the moment Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse handed that spare tire to Eddie Valium in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
 
The Bad – I don’t know if nostalgia can bring in the crowds. Yes, it’s a Disney animated movie and it should make money, but in the end, it’s a geek movie. For every Lord of the Rings, there is a half dozen Serenity’s that fail to illicit any response in theaters. The last time Disney went towards the video game realm, it was the underwhelming Prince of Persia. Of course, since this is aimed square at the kiddies, these skepticisms may prove to be unfounded. I mean, Hotel Transylvania is still making dough.
 
The Ugly – I’m wondering if they’ll ever make a Bubsy the Bobcat movie. I mean, the cat had ‘tude.
 
Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.
 
That will do for this week. Tune in next time when we find out if the world is not enough.  Until then, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
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