Friday, March 29, 2013

Go Big, Go Small: The Place Beyond the Pines.

If you're a Stephanie Meyer fan, you're already hopelessly committed to seeing The Host this weekend with a pack of your Twilight readers club members. On the other hand, if you're convinced there are secret messages being conveyed within the frames of Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of "The Shining", you're likely heading off to find a screening of Room 237 ( Is Stanley Kubrick's The Shining a Masterpiece..." ).

But if you're a movie fan looking for a little practical advice, Moviedozer's pick this weekend is to...

Go small.
Go small with The Place Beyond the Pines.

The Place Beyond the Pines stars Ryan Gossling, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendez, in roles that feel a touch too familiar for these actors. But the surprise comes about 40 seconds into the trailer when Bradley Cooper appears in a not so typical role as a rookie police officer. Cooper's character quickly finds himself in pursuit of Gossling speeding away from his first bank job and... well, that's about the time to decide to go see the movie.

Though The Place Beyond the Pines is a small movie that will earn small box-office numbers, unfortunately ham stringed by the bane of all movie fans living outside of major cities, a "limited release", it's a title that may be worth remembering when scouring rental and subscription queues next year.

The Place Beyond the Pines is released by Focus Features and was directed by Derek Cianfrance.

If a small scale crime spree wrapped in an emotional personal drama just doesn't feel like a fun way to spend an evening in a movie theater seat - and you absolutely have to see something go up in a ball of flames to feel like you've had an emotional moment at the movies...

You can get an early summer popcorn movie fix in the first few weeks of Spring with G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Yeah, it's dumb and it's completely predictable but it still looks better than 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

And it borrows - the trailer will make you think of everything from James Bond to X-Men to Transformers. But the point is to push you back in your seat and not relent until the credit crawl begins. And for that, its got some cred.

Going BIG this weekend means seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and checking your brain at the door. The best reason to go - Bruce Willis making you feel like you're not a complete nerd for being there.

This is the second movie in as many weekends that portrays a takeover of the White House. Have Republicans taken over Hollywood? Moviedozer is picking a big weekend box-office for G.I. Joe, with a fast drop off in just a few weeks.

Are you going big or going small this weekend? We'll be there to try to sway you every week as Moviedozer rides the wave of new releases every weekend during Blockbuster Summer.

Thanks to Paramount, Focus Features and Apple Movie Trailers.

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