Chances it's worth your cash

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2010

As much as I love Freddie Prinze Jr., and as proud as I am to be a member of Team Edward, Zac Efron does nothing for me. It is not easy to turn me off with a preview; ask my fiancee, I'm a stickler about getting to movies on time because I love trailers. Yet Efron has not once, but twice, managed to make me dread trailers when one of his train wrecks was looming.

Just thinking about the previews for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" gets my gag reflex stirring. Last week, finally, "Charlie St. Cloud" hit theaters. That, just like when "Senior Year" finally opened in 2008, was a big day for me because it meant the end was in sight for the previews of said Efron flick. I have no intention of seeing "Charlie St. Cloud." Ever. The only other new addition to the big screen here in Juneau over the weekend was something called, "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." Enough said.

Word-of-mouth, on the other hand, is very good for a Spanish horror film called, "[Rec] 2," which debuts tonight at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. Deadlines made it impossible to write a full-length review. Circumstances, then, have given me the excuse to trot out another edition of "Chances it's worth your cash" (C.I.W.Y.C.).

Since it is probably going to be the last "C.I.W.Y.C." I get a chance to write (and one of the last movie reviews, period), try and enjoy yourself, please!

Start downtown at the Gold Town with that little horror flick. Good word-of-mouth plus the best venue in Alaska’s Capital equals good things. (C.I.W.Y.C. 75 percent)

In case there’s any confusion still, we can cover “Charlie St. Cloud” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” with one entry. (C.I.W.Y.C. — Seriously? I’d rather hang out with Spencer Pratt.)

“Dinner for Schmucks” opened last weekend across the country. We will get it at some point, and when we do I am inclined to give Steve Carell and Paul Rudd the benefit of the doubt. Zach Galifianakis’ (yes, I looked the spelling up) presence is a plus, as well. (C.I.W.Y.C. 60 percent)

If there is a sure thing in the comedy department, it is “The Other Guys.” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are the two cops the title refers to; Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “please stop calling me ‘The Rock’” Johnson are the badass detectives. I have yet to see an audience reaction to the trailers be anything short of hysterical. Of course, if there is a sure-fire way to ruin a sure thing, it is to call it a “sure thing.” Still, it’s a sure thing. (C.I.W.Y.C.100 percent)

As per usual, I am almost out of space and have only gotten to a fraction of the movies I had intended.

“The Expendables” is an action flick aimed at dudes who wish they were action stars. Sylvester Stallone wrote it and directed it (maybe because that is the only way to get himself roles at this point) and he even talked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis into putting in cameos; the previews probably feature the entirety of their time on screen. (C.I.W.Y.C. 50 percent)

Last two: “Buried” (Oct. 8) features Ryan Reynolds waking up in a coffin realizing he has been buried alive (C.I.W.Y.C. 50 percent/Chances it makes you claustrophobic: 100 percent). “Red” (Oct. 15) is a must-see with Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren playing retired C.I.A. operatives (C.I.W.Y.C. 99 percent).

Chances I’m back with a bona fide review next week: 100 percent.

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