Weekend Preview -These Are The Movies You Release The Week After THE DARK KNIGHT

Steven Panzarella takes a look at the big releases of this weekend.

This weekend’s list of new movies makes perfect sense. A week after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hits theaters you have to totally stay away from the genre that will attract DARK KNIGHT fans to theaters. A list that contains an R-rated alien invasion comedy, another in the series of dancing flicks, and a rom-com about a book writer whose perfect character comes to life.

THE WATCH – Written By Seth Rogan and Directed by SNL writer Akiva Schaffer (the other guy in the digital shorts with Andy Samberg), The Watch follows four suburban men who begin a neighborhood watch to get away from their boring suburban lives. The men discover an alien invasion taking place in there town. The Watch trailers looked hilarious, and the cast is a solid group of very funny actors including Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayodade(Submarine). The Watch adds a new R rated comedy to the mix but according to critics may not be a very welcome addition. It is funny at times, but not all together and not for its whole run time. I intend on seeing The Watch eventually, but the question is, is it worth your $10.50?

STEP UP REVOLUTION-The 4th in the series of popular dancing films. Starring Kathryn McCormick(So You Think You Can Dance), Newcomer Ryan Guzman, and Peter Gallagher(The O.C, Covert Affairs). Step Up Revolution takes place in Miami, Emily(McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean(Guzman), the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans. Step Up 4  is directed by Scott Speer, who has directed nothing of note besides dancing videos which makes him aptly qualified to work on such a film. I am not a very big fan of the Step Up films and have never seen all of them in full which makes me unqualified to judge the film as a sequel. The reviews say the dancing and theatrics are impressive but the story is flimsy at best. I don’t expect much of story from these films and neither do the fans, if you are a fan of the films then of course you are going to see it, if not then do not waste your time.

RUBY SPARKS- Written and Starring the talented Zoe Kazan(Happythankyoumoreplease) along with her real life boyfriend Paul Dano(There Will Be Blood), and directed by Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Ruby Sparks follows Calvin(Dano) a writer who is dealing with writers block among other personal issues. His writers block gets cured when he falls in love with his newest creation Ruby Sparks(Kazan). Days after writing her, Sparks appears in real life and turns Calvin’s world upside down. I have not had a chance to see Ruby Sparks yet but I am excited. A quality cast that includes Chris Messina, Annette Bening, and Steve Coogan .A great cast and the people behind Little Miss Sunshine(fan and oscar favorite in 2006) its hard to resist. Critics love Kazan’s charming screenplay, and Dayton and Faris’s great direction, Ruby Sparks is a perfect change of pace for the summer. Ruby Sparks hit theaters on Wednesday in a limited release.

Next week the remake for Total Recall hits theaters along with the romantic-drama starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

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