By Chris Kavan - 06/07/11 at 10:42 AM CT
Westerns! Drama! Comedy! Claustrophobia! Yes - there's a little something for everyone to enjoy this week, which is good after a few lackluster weeks in my view.
1) Leading the pack is the Coen Brother's remake of True Grit. While Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin make an impressive trio, the real standout in this film (at least for me) was the debut of Hailee Steinfeld. As someone from the 1940s might say "That kid's got Moxie!" Anyway, if her performance is any indication, I see a bright future ahead of her. Plus, the movie mixes in enough comedy with the drama to strike a perfect balance. All in all - one of my favorite films of 2010.
2) If you're more in the mood for a straight-up comedy, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are here to help when they team up for Just Go With It. Or as Jason Sudeikis so succinctly put it during the MTV Movie Awards - a fine showcase for Brooklyn Decker's boobs. Considering how disappointed I was with Grown Ups, this will be a rental at best.
3) Featuring some heavy hitters: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper amongst others The Company Men is high drama about downsizing and takes a look at those who are cut and those doing the cutting. I'm not usually a huge fan of these type of films, but the cast alone warrants at least a look.
4) They may have tried to lure in audiences with the allure of the James Cameron name, but since he was only a producer and not director, Sanctum sunk rather than swam at the box office. If you have a problem with darkness and closed spaces, this may be frightening - but not even the promise of 3D can get me too excited for this film. I'm sure visually it's thrilling, but in all other aspects it falls flat.
On the Blu-Ray front it looks like classic western fans are in for a treat. Leading this assault is Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales a gritty frontier drama about revenge and redemption. Though not as well known, Vera Cruz and Long Riders will also help satisfy that western urge should it happen to pop up one night. If you feel like channeling your inner hippie, make sure to make time for Hair. It's a little too hippie for my taste but my dad loves it. Finally, if you can't get enough of the Man of Steel, you have a new favorite box set: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology. It features every Superman film (including the 2006 reboot) plus enough commentaries and extras to satisfy any fan. If you're into the original super hero, this set is for you.
To see even more great releases coming this week make sure to visit the FilmCrave New DVD and FilmCrave New Blu-Ray pages today.