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Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...21 Jump Street



A movie version/update of a silly late-80s TV show about cops who go undercover as high school students. It looks goofy enough that if I have enough beers one night I might rent if off Netflix. Heading out to the cineplex, not so much.

Beer rating: Much light beer. But that gives me a headache.


Jeff Who Lives At Home, Casa De Mi Padre, after the jump.


Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance



Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze, the motorcycle-riding fire face who collects debts for the devil. It wasn't available for critics in advance. You'd think they would put out better movies in February. It's usually cold, and there's not much else to do. Maybe it's a conspiracy to get more people to go bowling.

Beer rating: Lots of Duvel Belgian Ale.


This Means War, after the jump.


Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island



This movie is a follow-up to "Journey to the Center of the Earth." The second Journey album came out in 1976 and was called "Into the Future." No one remembers it either.

Beer rating: A 12-pack of Anchor Steam, the San Francisco treat.


Safe House, The Vow, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


The Devil Inside



INXS song titles should never be titles for movies. And this steady stream of low budget, quasi-indie horror films made to look like documentaries and around at least since "The Blair Witch Project" made a boatload of money really needs to end ASAP. This one is about a the daughter of woman who performed unsanctioned exorcisms in Italy. The mom allegedly killed three people while practicing without a license.


Beer rating: A case of Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale.

WHAT?! You were looking for a REAL movie review? Our Sun-Times Media colleague Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times does a swell job at that.


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Mike Danahey, Staff Writer




Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


We Bought a Zoo



Oh, no, you didn't. Who the heck would buy a zoo? Really small zoos are just depressing roadside attractions. But this is a Cameron Crowe film, and he so wants to be Frank Capra, you just know this will be a sweet, gooey mess.

Beer rating: A lot of Hamm's, the beer of bears.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol



Brad Bird, who is best know for directing animated hits, takes helm of the fourth M.I. movie, which is fitting because Tom Cruise is a real-life cartoon character and movies like this might as well be silent films. Really loud silent movies because today's audiences expect nothing less than to be wowed and hit over the head with the latest in special effects. I have yet to see one of these movies, even on TV.

Beer rating: This is more of a Red Bull and vodka kind of flick.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Jack and Jill



Not going out on a limb here by saying this looks like one of the worst movies of the year. Thinking he's Martin Lawrence, Flip Wilson, Eddie Murphy or Tyler Perry, Adam Sandler plays his typical character and his twin sister, doubling your comedy pain. Who would pay to see this? I want to meet that person.

Beer rating: All the beer in Wisconsin, all the wine in Italy, all the heroin in Afghanistan and all the meth in Iowa.


Immortals and J. Edgar, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas



You could call a movie like this a crime, a guilty pleasure, but really it's more like a misdemeanor, provided you only get caught watching a little bit of it at any one time.

Beer rating: Six Red Stripe.


Tower Heist, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


In Time



In the future, you live to 25, then have 365 more days until you die. This looks like a dozen other gimmick-based movies. I have a better idea. Anyone who goes on reality TV must be killed during the course of the show.

Beer rating: A bucket of Bud Light, then some Red Bull with Jaegermeister, like the kids enjoy.


Anonymous, The Rum Diary, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Ides of March



I was hoping this was a movie about the band from Chicago. Alas, the title is an allusion to Shakespeare, which must make George Clooney's guy running for the Democratic nomination for President, Julius Caesar, and aide Ryan Gosling, Brutus. I find today's politics more black comedy than classic drama. And the perpetual running for the highest office in the land has left me too jaded to see a movie about the topic.

Beer rating: March means Guinness. Maybe some of their Black Lager. That seems ominous enough.


Real Steel, after the jump.

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