Friday Flicks: Hey, Bruce Willis, Is It Really ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’?

TIME breaks down which films to see and which to avoid this weekend.

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CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 31: Actor Bruce Willis attends the dedication and unveiling of a new soundstage mural celebrating 25 years of "Die Hard" at Fox Studio Lot on January 31, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Escape From Planet Earth

Tagline: Earth‘s greatest secrets are about to break out!

Should the folks at Pixar be getting worried about the competition? This month’s Oscar for Best Animation may well end up going to Brave, but the likes of Wreck-It Ralph and Frankenweenie  – both made by Walt Disney — are set to run it awfully close. A year from now, will the Weinstein Company’s Escape From Planet Earth be considered a contender?

A stable of well-known voices has been assembled  for the film. Brendan Fraser is Scorch Supernova, the space hero who defends his planet, Beeb, against bad guy Shanker (James Gandolfini). Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Sarah Jessica Parker all make an appearance, although the key question is whether parents will enjoy proceedings as much as their children.

But what of those big kids, the critics? At this time of writing, no reviews had been posted, which has never been the most encouraging sign.

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NewsFeed’s Flicks Pick: If you need to escape from A Good Day to Die Hard, then the lack of reviews suggest Escape From Planet Earth isn’t your best possible option. Why not go back and enjoy the original Die Hard?

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TessaBonneville
TessaBonneville

It’s kind of sad to me that this movie is getting such terrible reviews, though I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing it at some point – I can’t help it, I love Bruce Willis. My job at DISH these days keeps me pretty busy, though, so I don’t think I’ll be able to see it in the theater. My plan is to add it to my DISH Blockbuster @Home queue instead. That way when it comes out on DVD, it’ll show up in my mailbox and I won’t have to go out of my way to track it down. It’s a lot easier for me because I always used to forget about the movies I missed in the theater, but now they always come to me.