Last weekend was a bit of a disappointment, I must say. However, this weekend, with the official start of Spring now behind us, Hollywood is starting to roll out some of the more interesting films to start of the spring movie season. This week there is an explosion-heavy actioner about the White House being taken by terrorists, a comedy featuring a beloved SNL alum and a new computer animated family film set in prehistoric times.
Olympus Has Fallen - Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart. Butler plays a guard at the White House who, of course, ends up being the only person with the skills and abilities to save the President and the house itself when a terrorist mastermind takes over and takes the President prisoner. Butler’s character is trapped on the inside while the national security teams, taken by surprise by this bold attack, scramble to figure out what to do and how to keep the nation safe. Lots of action and explosions and iconic images such as a helicopter crashing into the Washington Monument follow. Rated R.
The Croods - Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone. A prehistoric family man named Crug has to lead his family beyond their comfortable home and familiar lands when an earthquake destroys all that they know. While trying to find a new and safe place for his family, Crug and kin run into a nomad that Crug does not trust, but his daughter falls for immediately. Can this family find a safe place to live and stay together? Rated PG.
Admission - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff. Fey plays a Princeton University admissions officer who is constantly being pursued and bribed by parents who want their children to attend the Ivy League school. She decided to head off to an alternative high school for a recruiting visit and finds her former classmate is running the place. As she attempts to recruit their genuis-level prized student, she also discovers that she might be fallin in love with the free-wheeling ways of her former classmate and friend. Her entire career and reputation could be at risk if she does what her heart is telling her to do. Rated PG-13.
Spring Breakers - Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, James Franco. Four lifelong friends finally turn 21 and they decide that they need to head to Florida for a Spring Break indulgence that will truly be epic. However, they don’t have the money, so one robbery later, the friends are in Florida drinking and doing enough drugs to kill most elephants. When they end up in jail, they are bailed out by a gangster rapper named Alien who decides that these four young women are just what he needs to push even further into the darkness that has already encroached upon his life. Directed by controversial director Harmony Korine, this one is getting huge buzz. Rated R.