Another week has gone by movie fans, and here we are at Friday again. How many movies have you seen this week? Coming to local theaters this weekend we’ve got a couple of pre-spring movies to get through before Hollywood kicks off it’s yearly Pre-Summer-Spring-Movie-Extravaganza sometime in April.

Up this weekend we’ve got Battle:Los Angeles, a movie that I was completely psyched about until I sat down to read the reviews. One sunny day in Los Angeles, meteors start falling from the sky and hitting the water around Santa Monica surfers… then those meteors get up and start attacking. Alien/robot/thingys storm the beach to invade Earth. Aaron Eckheart (Thank You for Smoking) is a great actor who I can tell is going to be lost in a sea of explosions, special effects, gunfire, and a lot of shouting of “fall back!” and “get down!” Michelle Rodriguez also joins in as a grunt who helps repel the alien forces. What looked like a promising alien invasion movie looks to be two hours of “shakey cam” and CGI… reviewers say it’s better than Skyline, which I liked, so we’ll see. Battle: Los Angeles is rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language. (PG-13 for a “war” movie? sigh….)

Also for the tween/teen demo out there we’ve got the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried (Big Love, Chloe, that ABBA movie) in Red Riding Hood, from the director of Twilight… surprise! Guess what this movie is about and you win a free trip to the next paragraph. Guess who should go see it and who the movie is aimed at- and you won’t ever have to think about it again after this. Alas, Seyfried plays the title role in this werewolf movie. I don’t know how much Gary Oldman gets per movie these days, but I think it must be shrinking, which is a shame… Gary Oldman is a genius that is often fun to watch no matter what, but Red Riding Hood, no matter how bad my 10 year old daughter wants to see it, is not on my list of “ever.” It’s rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality.

Last but not least we’ve got the kid-friendly Mars Needs Moms which is hitting the IMAX theater at Valley River as well as playing at Gateway. Disney serves up a quick-witted story about a boy named Milo, who begins to realize he might need his mom after all- AFTER martians kidnap her. It’s your run-of-the-mill Disney 3-D animated spectacular that’s getting positive reviews on the interweb. One kid-friendly animated movie a week is my quota and I filled it yesterday with Rango, a movie far-superior (watch for my review) than anything coming out this weekend. If you’re dying for an IMAX 3-D headache then this is the movie for you! Mars Needs Moms is rated PG for sci-fi action and peril.


Have a great Friday, and we’ll see you at the movies!