1. Home (Fox, 3,708 Theaters, 94 Minutes, Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor, Rotten Tomatoes: 40% Fresh [68 Reviews]): Oh is from an alien race decides to hide out on Earth to escape an enemy. Tip is a little girl who was separated from her mother when the aliens relocated the humans to Australia. Both are on the run–Oh because he revealed his race’s location to their enemies, Tip to find her mother. They join together, teach each other stuff along the way, and try to fix all the wrong Oh and his fellow aliens did.
The film is based on Adam Rex’s 2007 book, The True Meaning of Smekday. It was original titled Happy Smekday! and supposed to come out over the Thanksgiving holiday. The fact that it was delayed is never a good thing, but this film is produced by DreamWorks, so it should be a slice above your normal CGI animated fare.
2. Get Hard (Warner Brothers, 3,175 Theaters, 100 Minutes, Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug material, Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Fresh [87 Reviews]): James King (Will Ferrell) is going to prison after being wrongly convicted of tax evasion. And he’s going to get eaten alive in there. His only hope to survive the experience is to be trained on how to be “hard,” so tough that the other convicts want to have nothing to do with him. For this, he chooses his ex-con car washer Darnell (Kevin Hart)to give him lessons. Only one problem: Darnell has not spent a day in jail his whole life.
This film has the chance at being a witty satire on race relations and the way the legal system treats whites and blacks diff–oh, who am I kidding. This is a Will Ferrell movie. He is to damn juvenile to get anywhere near wit, let alone satire.
This film might have one redeeming quality. In looking for images for this film, I saw still featuring Allison Brie in some lingerie. So, this film, like Blades of Glory (which has Jenna Fischer in lingerie) will have a crush worthy woman from a popular sitcom scantily clad, if you are into that sort of thing.
3. It Follows (Opening in wide release, Radius-The Weinstein Corporation, 1,218 Theaters,100 Minutes, Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language, Rotten Tomatoes: 95% Fresh [118 Reviews]): A lot of bad things can happen after you have sex on the second date. You can catch a nasty STD, you can get pregnant, you can get the cold shoulder, you can get a overly possessive stalker, or you can get a curse that causes a supernatural being to follow you constantly until it catches you and kills you.
Jay gets the last one, and it ruins her life. She teams up with her friends, who can neither see nor hear the very real being chasing her, to find a way out of the curse without ruining another person’s life.
You seldom see a horror film this well reviewed.It has all the qualities of a classic–it is not to short but not too long, it is R Rated and makes good use of the rating, and it’s hook is an allegory for a number of other real life horrors. I’m not a big horror guy, but I might want to see this one.