You may have noticed there was no release list this past Tuesday, as the big releases are all hitting shelves today (or yesterday or tomorrow -- it' seriously varies depending on store), and we're fully in the Christmas lull. Read on for today's handful of Hollywood films and 12/23 releases.
Ah, another film with Keira Knightley in period clothing. This time around, she's Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, and she's a powerful woman reduced to love in secret under the reign of a rigid and mean husband (Ralph Fiennes). However, while Mr. Fiennes pulls off a chilling performance as the Duke of Devonshire, this period offers little of Georgiana's triumphs, much of her romantic turmoil, and not enough compelling cohesiveness to give her story a chance. Skip it.
First, DJ Caruso brought us Shia LaBeouf under house arrest in Disturbia. Now he's let Shia run around maniacally with Michelle Monaghan for Eagle Eye, as two innocent strangers become at the whim of a powerful phone caller who turns them into fugitives. This is one of those action flicks that did well in the box office, but didn't get a lot of critical love. Nevertheless, it's action to break up the holiday monotony, so Rent it.
Topper may have thought he had it bad with the Kirbys, but Ricky Gervais' jerky Bertram Pincus gets more than just an insistent Greg Kinnear in this comedy. (He gets a whole slew of eager and demanding ghosts.) Like many classic ghostly tales, the haunting helps Pincus to loosen up, which makes this release perfect to Rent or Buy.
Resident Evil Degeneration
This release might not have a live-action Milla Jovovich, or her voice for that matter, but it does jump seven years after the fight in Raccoon City to take on zombies at the Harvardville Airport. If you're a fan ... Buy it.
And finally, there's Baghead. We've seen many horrific things over the years, from demon possession to cannibalism, but we don't usually get scary villains donning paper bags. It's mumblecore horror, so it might not be for all eyes -- Rent it.
Releases from 12/23:
Celine, Delbaran, My Heart is Mine Alone, and Pulse 3