Simon Pegg is back with one of his parodies about aliens visiting Earth in Paul. Matthew McConaughey is trying to prove that he can be a serious actor again in The Lincoln Lawyer. Finally, Bradley Cooper is riding his popularity bandwagon for as long as he can by leading a movie about a crazy drug that makes him super smart in Limitless.
The Lincoln Lawyer
Directed: Greg Mottola
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, John Carroll Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Seth Rogen
Synopsis: Some geeks headed to Area 51, pick up an alien on their road trip.
My Take: It is like a twisted take on E.T. It doesn’t look super funny, but I’ll watch it since it has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
RT Score: 72%
RT Consensus: It doesn’t measure up to Pegg and Frost’s best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining — albeit uneven — road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.
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The wide releases are pretty sad and most likely movies that didn’t want to try too hard to compete against Harry Potter. At least one limited release look good, In the Loop.
The Ugly Truth
The Ugly Truth
Directed: Robert Luketic
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, Nick Searcy
Synopsis: A guy must teach a woman how to play all these games to “catch” the man of her dreams, but of course they’ll end up together in the end.
My Take: I like the two leads, but the story looks very unappealing.
RT Score: 15%
RT Consensus: Despite the best efforts of Butler and Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.
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No one wanted to compete with Watchmen this weekend so it is the only major release. None of the limited releases are very buzz worthy, even though a few of them look good.
Directed: Zack Snyder
Starring: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley
Synopsis: Set in an alternate 1985 where Nixon is still president and masked superheroes are seen as vigilantes, someone has killed one of them, but no one knows why.
My Take: The comic book is awesome and I’m curious to see how it has been translated to screen since it has been said to be “unfilmable.”
RT Score: 65%
RT Consensus: Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.
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Kung Fu Panda
Directed: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu
Synopsis: In China, all the animals are kung fu masters except for the lazy panda who happens to be the “Chosen One” that will defend them against their enemies, so he needs to be trained.
My Take: Goofy, but fun looking movie.
RT Score: 85%
RT Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
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Directed: Mike Mills
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kelli Garner, Keanu Reeves
A teenager still sucks his thumb. His parents want him to stop, but he doesn’t care. Keanu Reeves is his hippie dentist that tries to hypnotize him to stop sucking his thumb. The kid is on the debate team because he likes a girl on the team. He stutters a lot and is self conscious. The school thinks he should be on Ritalin. He agrees and then everything turns around. He becomes super successful at school and wins everything at debate. His father starts to pay attention to him, and I started to wonder if the movie was a big pro-Ritalin movie.
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