‘Rio’ looks like a lot of fun, especially since I have a bit of a crush on George Lopez, who voices one of the birds. Also in theaters today is ‘Scream 4’ (Hayden Panettiere’s been making the late-night talk show rounds) and ‘The Conspirator,’ which I haven’t heard much about. Let’s take a look…
‘Rio’ – I love the tagline for this movie: “One out of every 8 Americans is afraid of flying. Most of them don’t have feathers.” That sums up this cute family movie about Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota who meets the fiercely independent Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and takes off to Rio de Janeiro to be with the bird of his dreams.
Of course, it’s not love at first sight – Blu can’t even fly, for crying out loud. But the two birds are thrown together in an adventure about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life’s many wonders. Bonus points for colorful backdrops, vivid characters, a heartwarming story, and cool Latin and contemporary music. Rated PG for mild off color humor; ‘Rio’ official site; 96 min.
‘Scream 4’ – I haven’t seen any of the original ‘Scream’ films, but I’ll probably check this out to see what all the hubbub is about. Then again, I’m not really that into scary movies, so I’m still debating whether to see it.
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of creepy Ghostface, putting the whole town in danger.
Directed by Wes Craven, ‘Scream 4’ also stars Hayden Panettiere, David Arquette, Alison Brie, Aimee Teegarden, Courtney Cox, Lucy Hale, and Kristen Bell. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking; ‘Scream 4’ official site; Twitter; Facebook; 111 minutes.
‘The Conspirator’ – Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she’s forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer (James McAvoy) to uncover the truth and save her life. Sounds like a cool movie for history buffs.
Directed by Robert Redford, ‘The Conspirator’ also stars Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Justin Long, Alexis Bledel and Evan Rachel Wood. Rated PG-13 for some violent content; ‘The Conspirator’ official site; 123 minutes.