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Box Office Bonanza this weekend

Greetings movie lovers, it's time to take a look at what the cinema has to offer us this weekend.

     Argo

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis - the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

     My Take

In addition to starring in the film, Ben Affleck once again returns behind the director's chair to make his third feature length film. He previously made the exceptional films Gone Baby Gone and The Town, and with Argo it looks like he is going to go 3 for 3. This looks like it will be an exciting and tense drama filled with plenty of suspenseful moments to keep the viewer fully engaged. The fact that it is a true story makes it even more intriguing.

Affleck has assembled a fine supporting cast that includes John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and Victor Garber.

Argo has already been receiving tremendous advanced buzz as it was an audience favourite at the Toronto International  Film Festival last month and it is being touted as a potential early Oscar contender.

For anyone interested in a smartly written political thriller, Argo should definitely be on your must watch list for this weekend.

I think it will be an excellent film.

     Sinister

Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

     My Take

From the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer/director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, SInister looks like it will be a terrifying new horror thriller.

I've watched the trailer numerous times now and I have to say that this movie looks like it will be very high on the creepy scale. I think that there will be plenty of moments where you are going to want to jump out of your seat from sheer fright.

Over the years we've seen a lot of horror films that feature found-footage or haunted house elements to them, but something about Sinister just looks a bit different to me. I think that this can be a real sleeper hit for fans of this genre.

If the idea of getting your pants scared off of you sounds like fun then you might want to check out Sinister this weekend.

     Here Comes the Boom

Former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler), Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy - most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) - but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

     My Take

This definitely has the look of a pretty predictable and lightweight comedy that is surely going to wear out the tried and true inspirational formula of the underdog overcoming the odds to save the day so that everyone lives happily ever after.

It feels like a cross between Warrior and Mr. Holland's Opus, only with lame PG rated jokes to help bring in all members of the family. I suppose that's not such a bad thing as there are plenty of parents who would like to take their kids to a good comedy that is not chock full of raunchy material.

Kevin James once again teams with filmmaker Frank Coraci, who directed James in the forgettable Zookeeper. Coraci is also responsible for the Adam Sandler hits The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy.

James is a funny and likable individual that is very popular with mainstream audiences so I have no doubt that this film will likely be a hit.

If this kind of light comedy fare is your thing then you will most likely want to check out Here Comes the Boom.

     Seven Psychopaths

The crime comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.

     My Take

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who made the fabulous In Bruges four years ago, Seven Psychopaths looks like a thoroughly twisted and violent comedy that should appeal to fans of quirky and offbeat crime capers.

I'm usually a fan of these types of films when done well, and judging by the critical response thus far with its 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like a winner.

How can you go wrong with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell playing loopy characters? They are tailor made for this, not to mention Woody Harrelson as well.

Also featuring the wonderful Tom Waits as well as Olga Kurylenko and Abbie Cornish, the superb and eclectic cast is sure to be a strength of this original looking film.

If you are looking for a movie that seemingly has a bit of a Tarantino-esque vibe to it then look no further than Seven Psychopaths.

This one looks like it will be a lot of fun.

     The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman star in this film based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky. It tells the tale of an introverted high school freshman that is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world and give him a sense of belonging.

It looks like a charming and heartfelt film with strong writing that is sure to appeal to fans of indie dramas.

It's also garnering high critical praise, currently scoring an 85% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

I think that The Perks of Being a Wallflower might be a perfect date movie for younger couples to enjoy together.

This should be another good one.

If you are a fan of historical costume dramas then you might want to head down to The Paramount this weekend to see the French film Farewell, My Queen.

Diane Kruger and Léa Seydoux star in this look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.

There is plenty to choose from this weekend so I hope to see you all at the movies.



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