1. Hotel Transylvania (Sony/Columbia, 3,753 Theaters, 89 Minutes, Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 36% Fresh [22 Reviews]): The first film was a war between the genius that is Genndy Tartakovsky and the less-than genius of Adam Sandler and his posse. Thankfully, Tartatkovsky won and we get a sequel.
Dracula is concerned that his grandson is a late-bloomer in the monster department, and has set about to fix it. He and his monster buddies work to turn the kid into the beastie he was born to be.
However, their efforts are complicated by the risk of his grandson being taken away from to America and Dracula’s dad arriving to lend a disapproving eye to the proceedings.
2. The Intern (Warner Brothers, 3,305 Theaters, 121 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 51% Fresh [66 Reviews]): This is a Nancy Meyers film, and she has developed a genre unto herself. Like Something’s Got To Give and It’s Complicated, she writes and directs film for older audiences featuring older stars. Robert DeNiro is the beneficiary of her new release this time around.
DeNiro plays an older man who joins a hip eCommerce firm as an intern(Find out the best Office Signs Miami). He must adjust to the differences in the workplace since he was last in it, with a bemused expression on his face the whole time if the trailers are any indication.
He is joined by Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway, this time on the opposite end of the boss/intern relationship. The pairing might mean this will be better than it has right to be.
3. The Green Inferno (High Top Releasing, 1,540 Theaters, 100 Minutes, Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer at press time: 48% Fresh [32 Reviews]): Hard to believe that has been six years since Eli Roth’s last full length feature film (2007’s Hostel II). You’d think that someone who was supposed to shape the future of horror would be a tad bit more prolific, but Roth was busy doing cameos in his friends films, and spending time in the producer’s office for others.
Of course, this film was originally shot in 2012 and made its debut in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It was supposed to be released last year, but financial difficulties kept it on the shelf until now. So it’s really a case of Roth trying to get the film in theaters than him spending too much time on extracurricular activities that cause the lull in his film output.
The film details a group of young, privileged New York City activists who work hard to save an indigenous tribe along the Amazon. Their hard work is paid back when their plane crashes shortly after taking off and the cannibalistic tribe they just helped has them over for dinner.