Tuesday, April 06, 2010

What's New In Blu? (Week of April 6)

“Dreamscape” (PG-13)
Starring Dennis Quaid, Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert and Kate Capshaw
Directed by Joseph Ruben

While this somewhat flawed hybrid of a thriller with science-fiction at its core hasn’t necessarily aged gracefully, a game cast headed up by Dennis Quaid makes the proceedings a mostly fun affair. The story by David Loughery throws in quite a bit of dark humor, which helps make the fairly farfetched plot go down easier. Quaid is a kind of psychic savant who is brought into a scientific study on dream research, which allows him to enter the minds of subjects as they sleep. Naturally, any study that has good scientific purposes in the movies could also be twisted for evil purposes, and that desire lies in Bob Blair, a slimy government employee who happens to be friends with none other than the President of the United States. If you can’t see where this is going, you probably haven’t seen many thrillers. But the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is all the better for that decision.
Grade: B

Other releases:
“Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (R)
Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner
Directed by Werner Herzog

“Cocoon: 25th Anniversary Edition” (PG-13)
Starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenburg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy
Directed by Ron Howard

“The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy” (PG-13)
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis
Directed by Peter Jackson

“The Natural” (PG)
Starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey
Directed by Barry Levinson

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (R)
Starring John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund
Directed by Wes Craven

“Poseidon” (PG-13)
Starring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Mia Maestro, Mike Vogel, Kevin Dillon
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

“The Thomas Crown Affair” (R)
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary
Directed by John McTiernan

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