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ADMIT ONE – Movie Premiere Previews for the Weekend of October 7th, 2011

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Posted on October 7, 2011 AT 04:30pm

The Lion Kind 3D slipped from the top spot last weekend only to see another kids movie, Dolphin Tale, take number one while Moneyball continues to wait its turn in the number two hole. Courageous and 50/50 also had very strong showings to round out the top 5. This weekend should be interesting though as only two big movies are coming out and so we only have two previews for you (there was no way in hell I was going to preview Human Centipede 2). Can they shake-up the Top 5 or will all the hype and publicity both these new movies have been getting be all for naught?

1) Real Steel (Buena Vista)

Ten years into the future, the sport of boxing has died and in its place has arisen robot boxing, which allows 10-foot tall metal titans to pummel each other in ways humans never could. One of these former human boxers, not knowing anything but the fight game, finds that he is not nearly as good with a control pad as when he was the one actually in the squared circle. But with a little faith from his son and a bunch of spare parts, this down-on-his-luck scrapper looks to make one last run at glory.

When I first heard of this movie, I admit that I groaned. Loudly. But the more I think about it, the more I admit it has an appeal there that might make it an actual decent movie. Or at the very least, when you describe something as Rock’em Sock’em Robots crossed with Transformers and Rocky, you have something that will interest a good amount of the viewing audience for at least its opening weekend. Starring Hugh Jackman as the down-on-his-luck boxer, this movie has a lot of entertainment potential as long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously in the end. And blows up a lot of robots.

2) The Ides of March (Sony/Columbia)

An idealistic PR man for a new presidential campaign starts to get a taste of the seedy underbelly that is the American political landscape as he and his candidate get closer and closer to election day.

With as much turmoil and debate that surrounds the American political process now, this movie, which looks to poke holes in the process and shed a little light on the flaws of our government, might make a bigger splash that we would initially think and has Oscar nods written all over it. With a star-studded cast including George Clooney as the suave new political candidate and who also co-wrote the screenplay and is directing the movie, this drama could be a sleeper to keep an eye on at the box office and could catapult Ryan Gosling into the Hollywood elite depending on his performance. Throw in dramatic powerhouses Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright and this movie has winner written all over it in my book.

 

Ray Carsillo, Reviews Editor
Ray Carsillo has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Follow Ray’s exploits on Twitter: @RayCarsillo. Meet the rest of the crew.

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