REDBOX REPORT (September 13th-19th)

As September gives us new weather and an onslaught of sinus infections (seriously…is everyone sick?), here are a few recommendations to consider before you make your trip to the Redbox.

THOR (PG-13, 114 minutes-featuring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins) *BLU-RAY OPTION (If you own a Blu-Ray player/PS3, I’d totally suggest going for the extra fifty cents on this title.)

If you are one of the few people who have not yet paid a visit to Asgard, then I’d suggest you go ahead and do so. Thor was one of the summer’s best blockbusters, mixing in a smart script, some great acting, a few moments of humor, and some great action sequences. Hemsworth owned the role of Thor, and Hiddleston made for a wonderful Loki. If you have any desire to be ready for when The Avengers make their mark next summer, then I’d wholeheartedly recommend Thor. It’s a fun ride, and for a dollar, it’s worth every penny.

SOURCE CODE (PG-13, 93 minutes-featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright) *BLU-RAY OPTION RECOMMENDED

This film has been out for a while now, but if you haven’t yet picked it up, it’s a must. The film could almost be considered a distant cousin of Inception. I won’t spoil anything here, but if you enjoyed Inception (which is nearly everyone who saw it), then you would enjoy Source Code-hands down. The cast is great, the plot is quite ingenious, and the runtime is nothing too overbearing. This is a neat science-fiction film that went under many people’s radars during its initial release. I loved it, and I hope you do as well.

RANGO (PG, 107 minutes-featuring the voice talents of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty) *BLU-RAY OPTION RECOMMENDED

I decided to throw Rango in here as an option for those with a hankering for animation.  I saw this animated spaghetti western back in March and instantly fell in love with it. Gore Verbinski (director of the first three Pirates films) took his first try at the animation genre and succeeded in every way imaginable. This is a masterfully crafted animated film that shows why Depp is still one of the best talents around. The script is so outlandish that it works perfectly. In a nutshell, this is one of the rare films I decided to buy this year. On Blu-Ray, mind you. It’s definitely worth a rental.

Well, there you have it. You can become heroic with Thor, go into the world of Source Code, or head down to the town of Dirt with Rango. Next week, I shall return once again to give you the scoop on the best films available at your local Redbox.

And that’s the Redbox Report.

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