Tuesday, February 10, 2009

At the cheap seats (Bolt, Valkyrie, The Secret Life of Bees)

Why pay $6-$8 to see a movie when it first comes out, when you can have the same experience by waiting a week or two, and pay only $3.50 a ticket?

That's right at Celebration Cinema at Woodland Mall, you can pay half the price to see movies a few weeks after their release date.

Here are a few reviews on movies you can see now, for less!

Bolt (rated PG)

Disney's Bolt features a cast of three lovable animated animal characters; an alley cat named Mittens, a hamster named Rhino, and of course a dog named Bolt, who has super powers...or does he?

Bolt, played by John Travolta, has grown up on the set of a very popular TV show. He plays a crime-fighting dog with super powers, who is always rescuing his favorite human, Penny, played by Miley Cyrus.

As always, the world of television ratings causes the show to take on a darker side. In one intense episode, they decide to leave the audience hanging, only the audience isn't the only one left in the dark.

Bolt, believing that his human has been captured by the evil Dr. Calico breaks out of his trailer, and takes off a journey that will change his world forever.

Voices include Susie Essman playing Mittens, Mark Walton playing Rhino, and many more.

If you liked: Wall E, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Cars

What's similar at the box office:

In one line: This kid's flick is a great see for audiences of all ages.Link
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDWPsoKQoOs

(rated PG-13)

Based on real attempts by members of Hitler's Nazis to assinate him and end the war, Valkyrie is not for the faint of heart.

Rated PG-13 for violence, this movie does not spare the audience the horrific acts of war. A group of rebels, lead by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Tom Cruise, tries to assasinate Hitler, and put in place a new regime.

This film reminds viewers of the other side of Germany, of those who fought to save their country, and as stated in the movie, they weren't all like him.

We all know how the story will end, yet in Valkyrie, you cannot help but get caught up in the moment. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat hoping for Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg's plan to overturn the ruling tyrant.

If you liked: Black Hawk Down, Letters from Iwo Jima, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's list

What's similar at the box office:
nothing at the moment

In one line: To those who love a good war movie; I wouldn't miss it.Link
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

For trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSy96KB7Dh4

The Secret Life of Bees
(rated PG-13)

Based on the award winning novel, The Secret Life of Bees, is set in 1964 in the south, during the adaptation of the Civil Rights act.

Starring Dakota Fanning as Lily Owens, a teenager, who leaves her abusive father to find any clues about who her mother was, and why she left them.

Lily is also dealing with some inner demons. She cannot forget the day her mother returned. It was also the day she died. It was the day she shot and killed her own mother. She was only four.

Lily and her care giver, and plantation worker, Rosaleen, played by Jennifer Hudson run away. They arrive on August Boatwright's, played by Queen Latifah, door step in search of food and shelter.

From there on, Lily begins to find her place in life, and a future she never imagined. This story is unforgettable, and one that every teen age girl should see. It is about the world, and the way people are never truly good or evil, but a mix of both.

If you liked: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Beloved, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Cider House Rules

What's similar at the box office:
Closest would be Slumdog Millionaire

In one line: Dakota Fanning delivers a 4 star performance, which is like the icing on the cake, or in other words tops off an amazingly written screen play. Link
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCil2oSNYY

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