Coming Soon Trailers: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves.

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Coming Soon Trailers: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves.

Can three new films keep up January’s momentum at the box office?  Can any of them beat Jumanji?!

Coming Soon Trailers: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves.
Thor on a horse blowing up a tank. Your move, internet.

While many of the new films that have had a wide release in 2018 have had solid outings, it seems that nobody can unseat Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the top spot.  Perhaps one of our three contenders this week can manage a first place debut.  While I’m not excited about 12 Strong, the big action flick has three things going for it in the race for first place:  Chris Hemsworth in the leading role, tons of explosions, and the ever-popular “based on true events” branding.

In the rental market, there are nine new films.  One of them stars Nicolas Cage.  You know, VOD, some weeks you really make me hate having to write this damn article series.  Despite my reservations, quite a few of these digital offerings look solid…even the Nicolas Cage flick!

Coming Soon Trailers: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves.
Yeah. I just said that. Go figure.

Wide Release.

12 Strong.

After 9/11, a group of U.S. special forces heads to Afghanistan.  Building a tense relationship with the Northern Alliance, they aim to cripple the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but they’re outnumbered and in hostile territory.

See It?:  Wait for Rental.

This war flick is more action that drama, if the trailers are to be believed.  Not surprising seeing as Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun) is producing this one.  I put this on my films to avoid list, with the caveat that it may be OK by big fluffy action flick standards.

Den of Thieves.

It’s cops and robbers in LA when a special division of the sherriff’s department tries to take down a group of daring thieves who are targeting the Federal Reserve.

See It?:  Rent it.

Now if you want an action flick to turn your brain off and fire up on Netflix, this film looks to be just the ticket.  I may be tempted to check it out…but I’ve been burned by so many heist movies lately.  Gerard Butler is not the man to make me trust again.

Forever My Girl.

A small-town boy who hit it big as a country singer returns home to try to rekindle the relationships he left behind on his rise to fame.

See It?:  Skip It.

There’s a touch too much sugar in this fairly standard exploration of “small town values.”

Video on Demand.

It Takes From Within.

A man and woman are headed to a burial ceremony in a backwater town.  After they have a fight, they begin to experience surreal manifestations of their deepest fears and anxieties.

See It?:  Nope.

Visual flair borrowed from Ingmar Bergman can’t overcome a self-serious and overwrought presentation.

Butcher the Bakers.

The grim reaper gets fired from work, but continues his grisly task of collecting souls.  When he terrorizes a small town, two guys working dead end jobs in a bakery are hired to stop him.

See It?:  Nope.

Almost gonzo enough to overcome the amateurishness.  I admire the effort, maybe the next film these folks put out will have just a touch more polish.

The Relationtrip.

Two lifelong loners wind up bonding over their shared antipathy for friends and family.  They decide to take a platonic road trip, but things get understandably weird.

See It?:  Yes.

Perfect gonzo enough, with just enough polish to overcome the craziness.  Plus it has an aggressive puppet.  Nice.

The Devout.

A religious couple have their lives shaken to the core when their daughter is diagnosed with an incurable disease and begins to claim she remembers a past life.  Could her visions be real, and what does that mean for their traditional beliefs?

See It?:  Yes.

This movie is packed with tough ideas, a bleak presentation and some fine performances.  This looks great.

Destined.

In one life, Rasheed is a successful architect with all of his ducks in a row.  In another existence, he is a hardened criminal and drug kingpin.  Which life is real, and what fate is Rasheed destined for?

See It?:  Yes.

The powerful performance of the lead overcomes some overworked dialogue.  The cinematography also papers over some rough elements with tight angles and a contrasting color scheme.  This is a bit rough around the edges but has big promise.

Mom and Dad.

A mysterious affliction is turning adults into violent psychopaths who seek to harm those around them.  Two siblings must survive their own parents until the hysteria passes.

See It?:  Sure.

Crazy Nicolas Cage is sometimes the best Nicolas cage, and this weird romp looks like 28 Days Later meets Home Alone.

The Final Year.

This documentary follows the final year of the Obama administration at it prepares to leave office, with special attention paid to the State Department and Obama’s foreign policy team.

See It?:  Wait.

Documentaries are for Netflix.

Delirium.

A young man inherits a mansion when his parents die, but he begins to suspect that the derelict house is haunted.

See It?:  Skip It.

Fairly generic haunted house drama.  These are a dime a dozen.

Dance Baby Dance.

A young man with big dreams yearns to dance competitively, despite an injury and eclectic style limiting his appeal.

See It?:  Maybe?

This film is so earnest that it seems like it has to be a parody of the talent show genre…but it feels like this is in actuality 100% sincere.  That makes this a hard onion to peel.  The lack of talent and bland camera work could be a feature in a satire.  In a passion project…not so much.  I just don’t know.

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