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This Weekend in Theaters: What Should You Watch?

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It’s the end of summer, so this weekend’s slate of new releases isn’t the biggest of the year, but there are certainly some titles that have had a good deal of buzz generating around them. To help you decide which one(s) to go see, we’ve put them together and provided some details on each.

RIDDICK

Director/Writer: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Looking for your fill of over-the-top space action and b-movie style one liners? Well, this may be the film for you! Vin Diesel returns in the third installment of the Riddick Trilogy that finds Riddick, a dangerous fugitive wanted by every bounty hunter in the galaxy, left for dead on a sun-scorched planet.

The first film in the series, “Pitch Black” (2000), was a sci-fi hit. Part two, “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004), wasn’t. David Twohy, writer and director of the first two films, returns to hopefully wrap the trilogy up nicely. Don’t expect any Oscar-caliber stuff here, but if you’re looking for some fun, you could probably do worse.

HELL BABY

Directors/Writers: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Starring: Rob Corrdry, Keegan Michael Key, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Genre: Horror Comedy


An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (creators/stars of tv’s “Reno 911!” and writers of both “Night at the Museum” films) team up once again for this goofy horror comedy.

Based on the trailer, the jokes don’t seem to hit their target most of the time, but Keegan Michael Key (from tv’s “Mad TV” and “Key & Peele”, playing the clueless neighbor F’Resnel) seem to steal the show. Watch at your own risk!

WINNIE MANDELA

Director: Darrell J. Roodt
Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas
Genre: Historical Drama/Biopic


 
A film chronicling the life of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s wife, who worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. The film seems to be a pretty straightforward biopic, and nothing jumps out as incredibly fresh or new in the trailer.

Hudson and Howard can both usually be counted on for solid performances, but the concern lies in the quality of the film surrounding them. Directed by South African Darrell J. Roodt, one can only hope he does her story justice and creates a film worthy of her hard work and strength. If you enjoy the trailer, chances are you’ll enjoy the film.

Have a fun weekend at the movies!

-FKB