Box Office Battlefield: Planet 51, The Blind Side, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon’

Well what movies should you see this weekend? I’ll tell you, but I have come to fear this weekend for a long time now and it is finally here. So let me tell you what you should see, skip or wait to rent this weekend.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner) When Bella’s blood is shed at her birthday celebration, Edward’s intense reaction to the event causes his parents to pull up stakes and leave Forks, Washington for the sake of the young lovers. Heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black (Lautner). Danger in different forms awaits. I’ll get this one out of the way first as painfully as possible. With a grand total of a 26%, and most likely falling, approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film is a dud. It is plain and simple a money eater like Transformers ROTF. Just pure crap bottled up to appear before the masses to try and please a whole, but ultimately cause conflict and make people easy targets to make fun of. You all say, oh the books were better, then stick with the book and stop letting people make crappy movies. SKIP IT

Planet 51 (Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel) The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Chuck Baker (voice of Dwayne Johnson) arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home. Created by videogame experts, this cheesy animation comedy about the role reversal of alien life is just……ugh don’t see this movie……SKIP IT (even your kids will know better)

The Blind Side (Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw) A disadvantaged teenager is taken in by a conservative family who see tremendous promise in the young man. Despite certain obstacles, the attention and inspiration he receives helps him mature into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.  From the director of the Rookie, I’m sure this guy knows how to push dramatized sports athletes. With Sandra Bullock, this film will surely pull numbers, but do people really care that much about this? It looks heartfelt, touching, could be a decent story of hardship and proving you’re better than what people think, but it doesn’t really bring something new that can’t already be predicted. Rent it

Red Cliff [limited] (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang) Set during the end of China’s Han Dynasty, two rivaling warlords make a pact to turn their respective armies against a power hungry general bent on taking over their kingdoms. From director John Woo (Face/Off, MI:2, Hostage) this film looks very vibrant and well done. This dynasty war epic looks interesting and has a good story behind it. The critics seem to agree with a 87% approval rating. See It

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans [limited] (Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser) Terence McDonagh (Cage) is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. I know what you are thinking……Nick Cage……well I was thinking the same thing until I saw the trailer. With a fresh rating on RT and high praises from film festivals claiming this is Cage’s best performance in a long time, this may be a film to see. The story looks intriguing and Nick Cage isn’t toooo bad. See it, try it out

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