Out in cinemas this week: Will the critics sink Universal's Battleship? Plus, a government techno-brainwashing conspiracy. Those are always fun. (I'm convinced that's the only way to explain Twilight.)
So far the reviews are not great, but you don't go to a movie called Battleship about aliens trying to sink your, well, battleship expecting a nuanced acting turn from Taylor Kitsch. You go for the spectacle, and there is spectacle to be had---at least as much as in Kitch's last big movie.
The story: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
Starring: Taylor Kitsch (Lieutenant Alex Hopper), Alexander Skarsgard (Commander Stone Hopper), Rihanna (Petty Officer Cora 'Weps' Raikes), Brooklyn Decker (Sam), Tadanobu Asano (Captain Yugi Nagata), Hamish Linklater (Cal Zapata), Liam Neeson (Admiral Shane), Peter MacNicol (Secretary of Defense), John Tui (Chief Petty Officer Walter 'The Beast' Lynch), Jesse Plemons (Boatswain Mate Seaman Jimmy 'Ordy' Ord), Gregory D. Gadson (Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales), Jerry Ferrara (Sampson JOOD Strodell), Adam Godley (Dr. Nogrady), Rico McClinton (Captain Browley), Joji Yoshida (Chief Engineer Hiroki), Louis Lombardi (Bartender).
Directed by: Peter Berg.
Goliad Uprising (2012)
A new indie from Austin actor-filmmaker Paul Bright in limited release.
The story: The time has come. Ariel Loner leads an underground group trying to stop the Goliad Corporation from taking control of the government with their latest technology device that subversively brainwashes Americans.
Starring: Shannon Lark, Aaron Weisinger, Cynthia Schiebel, Mike Justice, Matthew Charles Burnett.
Directed by: Paul Bright.