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Movie Beat 3/30/12 – Intruders, Goon, Mirror Mirror, Wrath Of The Titans, Bully

Five new movies open in cineplexes this week, and some of them I think you’re gonna wanna check out, and some of them I’ve never even heard of before. One of those is Intruders. Also opening today are Goon, Mirror Mirror, Wrath Of The Titans, and Bully.

Intruders:

This film stars Clive Owen, who I like, so I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of it. It’s about two children living in different countries who are visited nightly by a faceless creature who wants to take possession of them.

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Goon:

This opens just in time for the beginning of the hockey playoffs. It’s a movie about a bar bouncer who is not a hockey player, but he sure can punch the crap out of people, so he gets an invitation from a semi-pro hockey team to join their team and become their Goon [enforcer/fighter]. Seann William Scott stars in the film along with Jay Baruchel, Liev Shreiber, and Eugene Levy.

This is based on a real minor league hockey player that had no prior hockey experience, but was known to kick ass.

Mirror Mirror:

This is one of the many Snow White movies coming out. The beautiful, charming, adorable little Lily Collins plays Snow in this film. Julia Roberts plays the evil Queen. Armie Hammer’s the handsome Prince Charming. Nathan Lane is also in the film.

The evil Queen steals the kingdom, and then Snow needs the help of seven resourceful rebels to help get her kingdom back. Those rebels happen to be not big. You could say they’re dwarves. One of then sneezes a lot. That’s all I know.

Wrath of the Titans:

This is the sequel to Clash of the Titans. The title of a review I just read said “Release The Crappy Sequel” in reference to its famous line [“Release the Kracken”] from the first one. Liam Neeson is Zeus. Sam Worthington is Perseus, whose half god, half human status makes him better than the other gods. The labyrinth and the minotaur show up in this, along with other cool Greek myths that are represented in this film.

Look… it’s not gonna win an Oscar, but you may want to go and watch Sam Worthington kick some ass with a sword and shield. I’m always up for that sort of thing.

Bully:

This is a much talked about documentary about kids who are bullied in school, the effects it has on them, and the effects it has on them, and their lives, and their families lives. It’s a hard film to watch, by all accounts. I’ve seen a little bit of it, and it hurts you. You remember yourself in school. You remember the kids who were bullied, the kids who were bullies, and those of us in between who didn’t do anything to help. If I could go back, I would step up to help those kids from being bullied, but you don’t know that when you’re a kid.

I think this documentary is so great because people say, “well, the bullies aren’t gonna go see it,” and I say it’s not about that, because there’s only a couple of them, and there’s only a couple of the kids who get bullied. All the other kids who are witnesses and the audience to this stuff that goes on, if they can see it, if they can make a difference and step up, that could be the change. that could make the difference.

The true tragedy of it is the reaction of it by so many parents and so many administrators who just don’t want to deal with it. It’s just heartbreaking! It’s a non-rated film, so for those that are under 17, AMC theaters are allowing kids to see it with a parent/guardian signed permission slip. It can be downloaded on AMC’s website.

bully permission slip Movie Beat 3/30/12   Intruders, Goon, Mirror Mirror, Wrath Of The Titans, Bully

I think this is a film that every kid should see. They should take it around to schools and show it. Bullying is a problem and kids are killing themselves because of it, or at very least, it’s making their lives a living hell. If you get a chance, check out Bully.

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