‘Homefront’ is incomplete and underdeveloped

Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in 'Homefront'
Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in ‘Homefront’

[rating=2]Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic
Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Sylvester Stallone

While lately movies made from kids and teen books have been all the rage and able to develop as franchises, adult-oriented fare hasn’t been as lucky. Last year gave us the very disappointing Alex Cross and Jack Reacher, which likely stopped any plans for follow-ups dead in their tracks. Now Phil Broker comes to the screen in Homefront, and although not renaming the film after the character was a good start, more wrong choices were made than right.

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‘Straw Dogs’ remake cannot compare to Dustin Hoffman’s original

Kate Bosworth in 'Straw Dogs' (2011)
Kate Bosworth in ‘Straw Dogs’ (2011)

[rating=1]Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods
Director(s): Rod Lurie
Writer(s): Rod Lurie

In 1971, Straw Dogs starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George and directed by Sam Peckinpah was released to much attention. Over 40 years, it has become a classic that stands as one of the finest achievements of the director and actors.

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‘Win a Date with Tad Hamilton’ is a bit of a loser

Topher Grace, Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel in 'Win A Date With Tad Hamilton'
Topher Grace, Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel in ‘Win A Date With Tad Hamilton’

[rating=2]Starring: Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Ginnifer Goodwin, Gary Cole
Director(s): Robert Luketic
Writer(s): Victor Levin

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! attempts to draw on our secret fantasies of dating movie stars but falls short. At worst, an effort in voyeurism, its attempt to become a cutesy romance is awkward and weak. The story centers on a love triangle that includes celebrity bad boy Tad Hamilton, a Piggly Wiggly checkout girl named Rosalee Futch and her best friend Pete. Pete’s lack of last name in the film only foreshadows the problems in the plot.

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