Movies are weird this weekend. First, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh are together again in a very weird whistleblower movie. Second, Megan Fox stars in a very weird sexy horror comedy. Third, an animated movie stars huge falling meatballs and hot dogs. Then, there is another boring romantic comedy to mess up the weirdness of everything else.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Directed: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey
Synopsis: Based on a true story, a whistleblower in a huge industry is a bumbling fool that has some secrets of his own.
My Take: I haven’t seen the movie, but watching the trailer reminds me how awesome Matt Damon is.
RT Score: 76%
RT Consensus: A charismatic turn by star Matt Damon and a consistently ironic tone boost this quietly funny satire about a corporate whistle-blower.
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For Superbowl weekend, audiences have their pick of a thrill produced by Luc Benson (The Professional) that also has Liam Neeson in his first starring role; another horror remake, this time from Korea instead of Japan; and a romantic comedy where people really should be searching for Renee Zellweger’s eyes.
New in Town
Directed: Pierre Morel
Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky
Synopsis: Two young girls go to Paris on vacation where they get kidnapped. Good thing one of the girl’s dad is some bad ass that will find them and mess up the guys that took them.
My Take: Watching some get the bad guys and kick their butt can be satisfying but it looks to be on the verge of eye rolling.
RT Score: 54%
RT Consensus: Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.
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The wide releases did not get very good reviews, but they seem harmless enough for anyone that picks them. The limited releases might not be harder to watch, but look a hell of a lot better.
Tale of Despereaux
Directed: Peyton Reed
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael
Synopsis: A man who is missing out on life takes a seminar that tells him that he must say yes to every opportunity that presents itself to him.
My Take: Too much of Jim Carrey can be overwhelming, but it does seem like a lightweight comedy that’s good for passing the time.
RT Score: 43%
RT Consensus: Jim Carrey’s comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.
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None of the wide releases seem super interesting this week. There is a WWII war movie that has the most potential. There is also some stupid thriller, mushy older people love story, and marriage-on-the-rocks fable that only having faith God can save. The limited releases don’t look much better. There are tons of documentaries and only Choke seems interesting to me this week.
Miracle at St. Anna
Directed: Spike Lee
Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller
Synopsis: During World War II, an all-black unit gets separated from the other troops in Tuscany, Italy. They must fend for themselves and risk their lives to save an Italian boy.
My Take: It seems like an interesting story that just happens to be set during a World War.
RT Score: 27%
RT Consensus: Miracle at St. Anna is a well-intentioned but overlong, disjointed affair that hits few of the right notes.
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