Written by Phil Cerroni
By Matt Mungle
A few choices are available for you to spend your movie dollar on this weekend. A familiar face and some familiar games may help you decide as Denzel Washington takes Flight and John C. Reilly voices arcade icon Wreck-It Ralph. Both options will deliver strong box office numbers, it just depends on what you are in the mood for.
Flight is the R rated drama centering around an airline pilot (Denzel Washington) who goes from hero to scapegoat after he saves a plane from crashing. The ensuing investigation uncovers some disturbing facts. This film comes in a few ticks over two hours, but there is never a doubt that Washington can carry a film that far and longer.
Another plus for this film is that Robert Zemeckis is in the director's chair. He is best known for Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future Trilogy and Cast Away. That powerhouse duo will always deliver a movie worth watching. The issue simply becomes whether you want to root for the characters and all the dumb decisions they make.
Also the dramatic elements make the 2 hours feel more like 3. As to content it is rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. It certainly earns the R rating so be prepared going in.
On a much happier note there is the PG rated Wreck-It Ralph. This Disney film is aimed at kids, but it is the parents that will be just as entertained; especially if they grew up in the world of video games. Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) is a villain in the arcade realm but wants to become a hero. During his quest, he upsets the balance in the world he lives. This one has lots of fun characters and a slew of familiar voices including Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and more. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.
If you are looking for that dark, quirky, comedy/drama then you can see The Details. Stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, and Ray Liotta. It is a decent film for fans of suburban dysfunction. The plot is an absurd mess of infidelity, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Rated R for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief violence.
For those looking to stay on the couch the following hit DVD shelves earlier this week. The Campaign, RUBY SPARKS, and Safety Not Guaranteed.