New this Week: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,’ ‘The Sitter’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

New Year’s Eve – Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher
The Sitter – Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (limited) – Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

Movie of the Week

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
The Plot: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.
The Buzz: Great title, great cast, great premise. Sold, sold and sold. Gary Oldman is too cool for school. I can’t wait to see this one. On top of the awesomeness that is Oldman, the film also boasts a bevy of heavy hitters in Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, and Mark Strong. I enjoy all of these actors a great deal, so regarding the cast, this film looks super solid. I understand that some of the film takes place in Budapest, Hungary, which is one of my favorite film locations — just another feather in the old cap. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy seems to have been under-advertised, which given the genre, I suppose is typical. Still, this film looks super awesome, and I’m surprised I haven’t heard/seen more hype about it. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, whose last offering was the critically acclaimed Let the Right One In.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

Cowboys and Aliens (BD/DVD) – Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
The Debt (BD/DVD) – Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson
Design for Living [Criterion] (BD) – Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition (BD/DVD) – Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
The Hangover Part II (BD/DVD) -Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
The Help (BD/DVD) – Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
The Lady Vanishes [Criterion] (BD) – Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
Life, Above All (BD/DVD) – Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Lerato Mvelase
Mission Impossible Collection (BD/DVD) – Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart
Mr.Popper’s Penguins (BD/DVD) – Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury
Tora! Tora! Tora! (BD) – Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

Cowboys and Aliens

The Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
The Plot: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.
The Buzz: The latest offering from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man). When I first saw the original Iron Man trailer, I’ll be honest, my gut reaction was, “wow, that looks horrible.” However, upon the film’s release I was pleasantly surprised, and found Iron Man to be extremely entertaining. I found it to be excellent on all fronts really, and the general populace certainly agreed. When I first saw the Cowboys & Aliens trailer, my gut reaction was “wow, that looks really horrible.” I was hoping here that the “really” in that reaction wouldn’t matter too much – I was hoping for the same horrible-trailer/great-movie phenomenon. I saw this one in the theater, and ultimately, it was just OK, not amazing, not horrible. It had its moments for sure. I enjoyed the general premise, and Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde were both great as per usual. Daniel Craig was his typical bland self here, however, and it’s a shame that he was cast as the lead. My only other general thoughts: Harrison Ford still rules, though I must admit, I’m a little sad to see him so aged.

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