I am going to start a new feature where we look back at the Top rentals for the week and attempt to give some direction or guidance on which you should watch and which you should avoid. We would also like to encourage you our readers to share your own feedback on each of the titles.
From RenTrak we have the Top 10 DVD rentals as of July 1st along with trailers and general thoughts;
#10) Seeking Justice
Seeking Justice is a crime thriller with a relatively top notch cast in Guy Pearce, Nicolas Cage and January Jones. Its a direct to DVD title that I have been contemplating watching all week. If you have seen it you tell me, worth seeing? After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a ‘favor’ from him in return.
#9) Project X
In a see of teen movies Project X definitely stands out as being way over the top. Produced by the director of The Hangover its American Pie for a new generation. 3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. Worth a rent if you liked The Hangover and are an American Pie fan.
#8) A Thousand Words
After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak. Starring Eddie Murphy its another one of his classic safe comedies with over the top mannerisms and whacky concepts. I have not seen this one but I am sure if you are a fan of Mr Murphy’s its likely you will find something to appreciate in it. If you saw this one you tell me, worth seeing?
#7) Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. This movie can be summed up with four words… Wow they Made Another! This movie is so horrible I would rather clean my toilet bowl then have to watch it again. A definite pass.
Wanderlust stars the hottest woman in America Jennifer Aniston alongside one of my all time favorite bit actors Paul Rudd. Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. If you love formulaic romantic comedies with a bit of whackiness you can not go wrong with this one.
#5) Sherlock Holmes a Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Directed by Guy Ritchie one of my favorite directors and starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr this movie unfortunately for me is a pass. The first one was fantastic the second one was a bore. I actually turned this one off out of sheer boredom. I would say pass!
#4) Safe House
I am a big fan of Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington and Safe House is definitely worth a rental if you enjoy a good spy thriller. It is not perfect but in a sea of recent mundane thrillers Safe House is a stand out. A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.
#3) Mirror Mirror
Snow White and The Huntsman is the more mature Snow White movie that came out this year and is definitely not family friendly. Mirror Mirror starring Lilly Collins and Julia Roberts is the one that you can watch with the kids. A fun rental for the family that will be sure to entertain An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
#2) Wrath of the Titans
I saw Clash of the Titans which should mean I was smart enough NOT to see Wrath of the Titans. Wrath of the Titans is a very badly put together film which relies on splashy effects to compensate for a downright terrible movie. Do not rent this movie.
#1) 21 Jump Street
In the remake 21 Jump Street a pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. Starring Channing Tatum and my favorite Jonah Hill its a fun comedy that is not fantastic but also not terrible. Its worth a rental.
Which new releases have you seen and do you suggest we watch? Which are not worth spending our hard earned money on? Sound off in the comments.