In Theaters This Week: 01/04/13

Welcome to GNW's latest installment of In Theaters This Week! Below you will find trailers, rotten tomato score predictions, theater counts, box office predictions, and much more for this week's latest releases!

Geek Pick of the Week (only release this week):

Texas Chainsaw 3D 

Directed by: John Luessenhop

Screenplay by: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Stephen Susco, Kirsten Elms


John Dies At The End is an amazingly creative, bat-shit insane, thrill ride of the surreal and mad. By the end, I was so thrilled by what I had seen that only one problem bugged me, an itch in my mind that I could not scratch. As the credits rolled and I finished laughing, one question was left to be answered. A very difficult one at that. How the hell do you write a review for John Dies At The End?

W.D.'s Review of RED HOOK SUMMER

Red Hook Summer is the new Spike Lee “joint” as the poster describes. I believe many of us can agree that, in his early years, Lee was an amazing director and while I would argue he never stopped being a good director, he has certainly stopped making poignantly relevant or even especially good films as of late. In certain parts, Red Hook Summer is a return of that classic Spike Lee we all knew and love but this film is still troubled and bogged down by a director still learning his old ropes.

W.D.'s Review of DEADFALL

Deadfall is far from one of the most popular or even known films of the year. I didn't even know about the film until a few weeks ago and today I blindly rented it. There's always a special presentation when you go into a film completely blind, not even knowing the plot or genre of the film. It allows for a pure experience, something I wish I could do for every film but that's a rarity of a choice. In this case, Deadfall especially works. Not only as an incredible film but one you'll be confusing at the end for the only question I was left with is why no one is talking about Deadfall.

W.D.'s Review of ACT OF VALOR

Act of Valor inhabits a very weird area of cinema. There's reasons to love or hate the film even before seeing it. Around the release, the reactions were mixed and I heard fiery opinions on both sides. A film staffed, backed, and funded by the U.S. Navy about the Navy Seals who, for the record, are some of the greatest walking badasses and heroes on the planet. This is why I feel awkward talking about this film because while I commend the intentions and pursuits of Act of Valor, I simply cannot ignore it's egregious incompetency.

W.D.'s Review of COSMOPOLIS

Cosmopolis is a hard film to talk about. The experience is jarring because the film contains David Cronenberg at his best and worst in the past decade. There is an imbalance to the film, a severe one noticeable from miles away. There is the first eighty minutes of Cosmopolis and the last twenty minutes of Cosmpolis, two very different sides of the same coin. How these two weigh in will decide your opinion of the film, of its quality, and I'm still not sure how I weigh in.

Popping The Cherry: W.D. Watches BLAZING SADDLES

Popping The Cherry is an irregular column in which a Geek New Wave writer finally gets around to watching a classic or famous film that, for one reason or another, they have continually missed. Form there, it's not so much a review as it is a reaction and musing on the particular film at hand. For this entry, I finally get around to watching Mel Brook's Blazing Saddles.

RETRO WAVE: 1937's DEAD END is no dud

 What makes a film a “Forgotten Classic?” The availability of a film (on home video or theatrically) can cast a good film into obscurity, though changes in audiences and tastes can determine a film’s prominence as well. What was once considered a dud may be “rediscovered” a generation later as a classic, while the box-office smash of yesterday is considered stale and simple. 1937’s Dead End is something of a forgotten classic.

W.D.'s Review of JACK REACHER

Jack Reacher, based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child, is, in many respects, exactly what it looks like but not what you’re expecting. After films like One For The Money and Alex Cross, I and, as it seems, many others have grown weary of the cinematic potential for these types of books. This is not to say that they are all alike but there is no doubt a certain formula to them that is heavily tweaked for each character, whether it be Cross or Reacher. In a lot of ways, Jack Reacher falls into this formula but it differs in the most important aspect; Jack Reacher is actually good.

W.D.'s Review of Django Unchained

Django Unchained is the newest Quentin Tarantino film, something that carries certain expectations. For some, the filmmaker has faltered in recent years but I know that, personally, Inglorious Basterds is one of my favorite films of his. Even with that, I was weary of Django Unchained. From the trailers, I didn’t see anything that demanded the attention of Tarantino and the running time, an epic 165 minutes, did not raise hopes. However, with massive critical acclaim and stories from the set that impressed me, I finally managed to raise some excitement as I walked into the theater.