Previews

A Short Peak at 22 Jump Street

If you loved the first movie because it was absolutely ridiculous and stupid, well then, the second one will not disappoint you. It is hilarious and pokes fun at itself at every moment. The true genius of the film is how it makes fun of the fact that it is the sequel and tropes of all sequels. This is the kind of movie that you go to see when you want to check out for a couple of hours and not have to think.

The boys are back, and, now, Schmidt and Jenko are headed to college. The love from the first movie that the boys had carries over to higher education and is challenged with new goals, new covers, and a new case. They have a new drug to investigate, but for Jenko, it seems to be the exact same thing that he did with the last case. Jenko is looking for change, a change that Schmidt may not be ready for. The roles are reversed for the two cops, but this time they may not be able to make it through.

They use the same delicate care with the jokes as they did in the first movie. The best jokes come from the tiniest details and the commitment they have to the jokes. The best running gag throughout the movie is the care and detail they take to point out that this film is a sequel. Every trope that usually associated with a sequel gets brought forth and is completely ridiculed. This goes on throughout the entire movie and sneaks up at you. They just don’t take the movie completely serious, and that is the charm.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill keep the comedic chemistry for this round. While many recognize Tatum for his good looks and dancing skills, I personally have never been a huge of his acting skills. I think that he has a lot of work to do in that department where drama acting is concerned. What he has proven to me is that he can handle comedy extremely well. He pulls off the dry humor needed for this movie. It was the main thing that caused me worry with the first movie. He has proven to me that he can do comedy, and that it was not a fluke in the first film. I will be forever sold on any comedy that he does.

It is chock full of stupidity and random jokes that don’t really fit into anything, but somehow work. G for the laugh. Go for the entertainment. It is summer and this is the perfect movie to watch in the nice air conditioned theater. I would tell you more about the movie, but I would be giving too many of the jokes away, and where’s the fun in that?

A New Year for the Box Office

We all know about the big ones coming out like the new Marvel movies, but there might be a few gems heading to the theaters that may not get the hype or publicity as the big guns. Here is a list of some that look interesting for the coming first half of the year. Sadly, some of these may not have the strength to make it to a theater near you, but you should still keep an eye on their release to video.

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

This is the story of a boy searching for his family, unknowing that this journey will lead him straight through unimaginable monsters and evil believed only as legend. This is based on the novel by G.P. Taylor titled Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box.

http://www.fandango.com/theadventurer:thecurseofthemidasbox_169401/movieoverview

Knights of Badassdom

Basically, it is LARPing gone bad. Three best friends try to make their experience as real as possible and end up truly raising a little bit a hell in the process. The trailer doesn’t lead to much of what the film is actually about beyond highlighting the cast. Names like Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwaten, Summer Glau, and Peter Dinklage are what give this movie some consideration, but in the end it may not be enough to carry it. This is one of those movies that has no middle ground. It will either be epic or completely horrible.

http://www.fandango.com/knightsofbadassdom_146712/movieoverview

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

A former children’s author turned crime novelist forces himself into paranoia after researching various Victorian serial killers. It looks to be a quirky one, but I was sold at Simon Pegg.

http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt2006040/?ref_=ext_shr_eml_vi#lb-vi3374490393

The Monuments Men

During World War II, a military outfit is sent out to retrieve stolen works of art and masterpieces from the Nazis. What makes this even more intriguing is that it is based on a true story.

http://www.fandango.com/themonumentsmen_161603/movieoverview

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I should probably point out that this is a Wes Anderson film. In my experience, people are either fans of his movies, or they are not. This is the story of a concierge and his life at the hotel and with those he meets. I am clearly not doing the quick synopsis justice, but Wes Anderson films are random, which is the draw. You never really know what’s going to happen. I am personally excited for it.

http://www.fandango.com/thegrandbudapesthotel_168547/movieoverview

Muppets Most Wanted

Yes, I know Disney will do its fair share of publicity for this movie, but I feel it will always need more. As long as tickets sell at the box office, they will continue to make them. A Muppets fan can’t argue with that logic. This newest installment has a Kermit lookalike switching places with our favorite green frog and trying to use the Muppets and the theater to achieve his nefarious plans.

http://www.fandango.com/muppetsmostwanted_161864/movieoverview

Transcendence

A scientist has made great advancements in A.I., so much that he is now confident that he can map any human brain into a computer. People fearing the dangers of such an advancement attack the scientist with radiation leaving him to die slowly. If an effort to save him, his brain is mapped into a computer.

http://www.fandango.com/transcendence_163447/movieoverview