Weekend film previews: “This Means War,” “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” and “The Secret World of Arrietty”
The idea that guy friends come before girlfriends is put to the test in the romantic comedy “This Means War.” CIA operatives Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are the best partners that the CIA has produced. Their friendship ends up in shambles when they both fall head over heels for a girl named Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). Lauren must make a choice between the two and is helped out by her friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). With Chelsea Handler on screen, theaters will be overflowing with laughter. The cast of the film is great but the production of the overdone plot is what will make or break the film.
Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) returns to the silver screen in Marvel’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” The Ghost Rider is now hiding out in Eastern Europe when he is approached by a sect of The Church asking him to save a boy from Satan. If he saves the boy he may be able to rid himself of the powers given to him by Satan. The 3D action film looks like it will be brimming with entertainment. Cage’s wit and his ghost rider abilities will keep audiences possibly coming back for more. There will be plenty of car flipping, chain whipping, and people tipping to excite movie-goers. Most of these things are enhanced by 3D but the film will be great without it. sSeeing this in a normal theater will still be worth your money.
“The Secret World of Arrietty” is a great film to take any younger siblings to see. The film takes place in a make believe world where tiny people exist but can be put in danger if found by normal people. Small person Arrietty (Bridgette Mendler) lives under the floorboards of a garden home. Arrietty, who likes to venture from her family’s hiding place, is found by Shawn (David Henrie), a normal sized boy, and a secret friendship grows between them. The film follows the dangers that Arrietty, her family, and all of the small people experience as a result of her friendship with the normal boy. While this film is certainly not for most teenagers, it wouldn’t hurt to take a younger sibling over to Regal this weekend to spend some quality time with them. It’s also a good movie for the whole family to see this weekend because it will keep everyone interested.
Chioma Iheoma is an A&E Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com