Weekend Movie Preview: January 10, 2014

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Two very different warrior films land in theaters this week as the weekend movie preview takes a look at the new releases of The Legend of Hercules and Lone Survivor. Also arriving in a national release, after limited release, is the astounding Spike Jonze movie Her and the acting powerhouse that is August: Osage County.

Lone Survivor: Mark Wahlberg stars as real life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, a man who, as the title suggests, was the only one who survived an ambush by Taliban fighters during the height of the war in Afghanistan. Four Navy SEALs (Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster) are dropped behind enemy lines to take out a member of the high command of the Taliban and promptly get attacked. As our Lone Survivor review states, it is one of the best war movies of our time and a fitting tribute to all those who serve America and especially those who make the ultimate sacrifice. 

The Legend of Hercules: Kellan Lutz was born to portray Hercules, but unfortunately he doesn't have the best movie for him to make his first heroic appearance in. The film has some visually stunning action sequences, but suffers under the weight of a convoluted plot and a love story that goes nowhere. For more, check out our The Legend of Hercules review.

Her: Jonze has created his best work of his career and simultaneously redefined the classic Hollywood romance with Her. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a Los Angeles man living in the near future who is getting over the crumbling of his marriage and his subsequent divorce. When he installs a new state-of-the-art operating system in his home, named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), he and she form the most unlikely of couples as the two fall in love. As our Her review stated, it is the most powerful and original of romantic ideas and it is so believable on so many levels how a human and a computer program would fall in love!

August Osage County: Reported in our August: Osage County review, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts put on an acting clinic as a mother-daughter tandem who have quite a few issues... to say the least. Roberts comes home to the rural Oklahoma home where she grew up when her father goes missing and is eventually found dead. The entire acting ensemble is stellar, even if the film is, at times, difficult to watch. 

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