The fading American Pie franchise gives it one more go with American Reunion, which brings back all of the original cast (yes, even Tara Reid) for another sex-fueled misadventure.  Honestly, it would have been better for all concerned had they just stayed retired.  Read my review and the rest of the week’s TWoP content below.

American Reunion Review
Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Review
I Want My DVD
Community Recap
Other 1999 Reunions We Want to See
May Movie Preview

The Hunger Games are all anyone’s been able to talk about the past couple weeks…myself included.  Check out all my Games related content at TWoP, including my review to this faithful-to-a-fault adaptation of the popular dystopian future franchise.

The Hunger Games Review
Failed YA Film Franchises
Casting the Sequels
Filling the Hunger Games Void
Indie Snapshot
I Want My DVD
Community Recap
Bent Review
Mad Men Q&A

The conventional wisdom would be that a big-screen version of the old ’80s TV show 21 Jump Street would have no chance of being any good whatsoever. Well guess what? Conventional wisdom can suck it.  Thanks largely to the strong work of its central comic duo, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the Jump Street movie turns out to be a lot of fun.  Not a comedy for the ages mind you, just a studio programmer that’s much more entertaining than expected.  Read all my Jump Street coverage, along with a bunch of other reviews, over at TWoP.

21 Jump Street vs. Dragnet
Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Casa de mi Padre
Indie Snapshot
Q&A With Jump Street Directors
Q&A With Rob Riggle
Q&A With Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
I Want My DVD
Remaking ’80s Shows for the Big Screen
Community Recap

The above image comes from the single best scene in the new sci-fi blockbuster, John Carter, a gladiatorial battle royal that pits the titular hero against a pair of monstrous white apes from the planet Mars… uh, make that Barsoom.  It’s a tense, exciting sequence distinguished by strong effects work and action choreography.  If the rest of the movie were on the level of this one scene, it’d be a classic.  As it is, it’s a supremely messy, but fitfully entertaining contraption.  I go into more detail in my review on TWoP.  Follow the links below to read more.

John Carter: He’s Got 99 Problems But the Princess of Mars Ain’t One
Silent House: Housebound & Down
Indie Snapshot
Adam Scott Q&A
Animators Turned Live-Action Directors
I Want My DVD
It Actors

The latest attempt to translate the work of Dr. Seuss to the big screen isn’t quite the disaster that the Grinch and Cat in the Hat movies were, but honestly kids and their parents will be better off just reading the book again.  I cover The Lorax among other releases over on TWoP this week.

The Lorax Review
Being Flynn Review
The Avengers Trailer Review
Tales from Development Hell Review
I Want My DVD
Indie Spirit Awards Recap
Parks and Recreation

Act of Valor boasts the participation of real Navy SEALs, but that doesn’t mean that the finished product is particularly realistic.  I explain why in my review over at TWoP.  Follow the links below for this week’s content.

Act of Valor Review
Studio Ghibli Retrospective
I Want My DVD
What We Want to Happen at the Oscars
SNL Recap
Downton Abbey Recap
Pan Am Recap
Eastbound & Down Recap

The DOA action rom-com takes a creepy premise and makes it even creepier through illogical plotting, sub-par action sequences and forced comedy.  Tom Hardy deserves better than this and, fortunately, will get it later this year in The Dark Knight Rises.  In the meantime, avoid this one at all costs.

This Means War Review
I Want My VOD
I Want My DVD
BAFTA Highlights
Comic Book Men Review
Downton Abbey Review

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds headline the new thriller Safe House or, as I deemed it in my TWoP review, The Bourne Rip-Off.  Read that piece as well as my take on this years Oscar nominated short films over at the site.

Safe House Review
Oscar Nominated Shorts
I Want My DVD
The Amazing Spider-Man Preview
Super Bowl Movie Trailers
Looking Back at Slings & Arrows

2012’s first big surprise is Chronicle, a mostly ingenious mash-up of a superhero origin story and a found footage stunt.  It’s not a perfect film, but the inventiveness on display is pretty galvanizing, especially for a genre that’s always runs the risk of blockbuster bloat.  Also this week over on TWoP, I made my official Oscar predictions.  Only three weeks to go until the big night!

Chronicle Review
The Woman in Black: Straight Outta Hogwarts
How Daniel Radcliffe Can Beat the Post Franchise Blues
I Want My DVD
Q&A With Ti West
Oscar Picks and Predictions
Downton Abbey Recap


Sorry that things have been quiet around here for the past two weeks.  Last Friday, when I’d normally be posting my links for the week, I was on a plane bound for Park City, Utah to attend my first-ever Sundance Film Festival.  It was a whirlwind trip, roughly 72 hours in all, but I managed to pack in a bunch of movies and even a little minor sightseeing.  I chronicled my experiences in a three-part series for TWoP.  Check out those recaps, along with a bunch of other reviews from the past two weeks, below.

Sundance Recap, Part 1
Sundance Recap, Part 2
Sundance Recap, Part 3
Sundance Gallery
The Grey: Man Vs. Wild
Q&A with Joe Carnahan
Indie Snapshot
Haywire: She Can’t Be Tamed
Red Tails: Up, Up and Away
Oscar Nominations

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