Over the next few days I’m
going to be covering each studio and their upcoming slate of movies they are
set to release in the coming months.
First up is Lionsgate who
sent us their list of films slated to the end of the year.
The Expendables – Out of all the films on
Lionsgate’s slate this is the one I’m most looking forward to. How can you not
look forward to a film that boasts just about every action star that’s ever
been in an action movie? Directed by Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables
promises to be a return to how action movies used to be before CG took over and
we lost the realism of real explosions and stunts.
The Expendables is really
the only movie left to look forward to this August, and I for one am extremely
excited at the prospect of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Jason
Statham (among others) all teaming up for some good, old fashioned shoot’em up action!
The Last Exorcism – Not really my thing. I’m not
a horror buff, but The Last Exorcism seems to be just another run-of-the-mill
devil incarnate story featuring a little girl and people trying to exorcise her
demons. Did I mention that it is rated PG-13, meaning we’re looking at
something on par with The Ring. I’ll pass, but I’m sure you horror junkies are
excited for this one.
Alpha and Omega 3-D – In order to keep in the hunt
of the onslaught of CG kiddie flicks, Lionsgate is bringing out Alpha and
Omega, which of course features 3-D. Featuring a sizable list of star voices
like Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, and even the late Dennis
Hopper, Alpha and Omega shows no signs of bursting from the mediocrity that
dominates the CG landscape save the few Pixar movies and Cloudy with a Chance
Buried – Buried, starring Ryan
Reynolds (and ONLY Ryan Reynolds), will see a limited release on September 24th,
and won’t go wide until October 8th. I’ve already seen Buried, as it
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and let me tell you it’s worth seeing
so keep an eye out for it.
Paul (Reynolds) has been
and buried alive so his captors can ransom him back to his corporation. Paul
only has limited supplies one of them is a cell phone. The entire movie takes
place in the coffin and has Paul frantically trying to get someone, anyone, to
help him get out. It’s a race against time. Director Rodrigo Cortés does a fantastic
job at creating a very life-like feeling of being trapped and claustrophobic. I
highly recommend finding this film when it comes to your city.
Saw 3-D – Yeah, just what the world
needed, more Saw, this time in 3-D so the blood flies right at your face. Saw
fanatics will be happy, I’m sad. Let’s move on.
The Next Three Days – Very limited information
about this release right now. What we know is that it stars Liam Neeson, Russell
Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Brian Dennehy. Not a bad cast right there at all.
IMDB.com’s synopsis only gives a slight tidbit as to what the movie is about
saying, “a family’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of
I’m in for the cast alone.
Neeson and Crowe together is the makings for a fantastic movie. We’ll wait and
Machine Gun Preacher - This one doesn’t even have a
specific release date yet. IMDB.com says Machine Gun Preacher is about a former
drug-dealing biker who got converted to the Gospel of Christ and now spends his
time freeing Sudanese children who have been forced to be soldiers against
Sounds intriguing, except Marc
Forster is directing. If this is a intense drama there’s no one better, if this
is a movie filled with all sorts of gun battling action, then Forster is the
worst choice. I still can’t get the queasy feeling out of my head that he gave
me with his headache-inducing action scenes in Quantum of Solace.
There you have it. Lionsgate’s
slate until the end of the year. I left out a few titles like the new Tyler
Perry movie just on principle alone. Are there any you’re really looking