Currently in Theaters

Currently in Theaters

I’ve actually been to see 6 movies that are still currently in theaters. I honestly don’t know that this has ever happened. So in case you’re in that small subset of humans that trust my opinions, check these out. And some of these are almost out of theaters and you already have to drive 34.7 miles to see them, so don’t dilly-dally.

Cabin in the Woods (9 bugs): If you liked Zombieland, you’ll like this movie. In fact, I think if you have a sense of humor, you’ll like this movie. It’s a horror that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And Joss Whedon, the Avengers guy, wrote and produced this. So there ya go, nerds. Oh, and hustle. You’re gonna need to drive a bit to get to this one.

Avengers (8 bugs): There isn’t much more to say about this movie, but it is worth the hype. You don’t need to see the previous 5 Marvel movies to watch this either. Just stop being such a lazybones and/or contrarian and go see the damn thing. This will still be in theaters in two months.

Men in Black III (8 bugs): Roger Ebert says it might be better than the first. I don’t necessarily disagree. Josh Brolin’s version of Tommy Lee Jones is worth the price of admission alone.

Hunger Games (6 bugs): Listen, you’re going to see this movie. Come to terms with it. No one will think less of you for not reading the book and no one will question you when you say that it wasn’t as good as the book. Though I hear this movie stayed pretty true to the book. Regardless, it’s not without its flaws and I’m not a big fan of it being a mandate that all teen books/movies have female characters with two love interests and that’s just OK nowadays. This fad better be over in 25 years, when I allow my daughter to start dating.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (5.5 bugs): What to Expect When You’re Expecting is exactly what you’d expect. Unless of course, you expected it to be anything like the book. But I wouldn’t expect you would. This is the latest movie trying to spin off of the success of the Love, Actually formula. The great thing about having 5 or 6 storylines in a movie is that you don’t really have to spend the time developing any of them. Each was amusing, some were attempts at touching, some were silly, but it was all as expected. Which is probably why that word is in the title twice.

The Five-Year Engagement (4 bugs): For most of the more than 2-hour long movie, the couple gives us a realistic back and forth about a real couple’s struggles, sacrifices and compromises that gives this viewer hope this will be something real. Then the movie bends to the will of the genre police and becomes that formulaic rom com that Taylor Swift is usually in.

Review of Five Year Engagement

Review of Five Year Engagement
I really like Emily Blunt. I really loathe gag comedy. I’m really indifferent about Jason Segel. Let the battle begin…
This is the long story of a couple trying to stay engaged both in name and in practice. For most of the more than 2-hour long movie, the couple gives us a realistic back and forth about a real couple’s struggles, sacrifices and compromises that gives this viewer hope this will be something real. Then the movie bends to the will of the genre police and becomes that formulaic rom com that Taylor Swift is usually in. Only it’s been cased in all these extraneous scenes clumsily inserted just for laughs, which only makes me angrier that the payoff isn’t there.
Not only does the movie use the formula, but it makes the coefficient unnecessarily high (warning: that was math humor). In the “boy loses girl” phase, Jason Segel bangs his co-worker in the deli (close enough). But he was conflicted, so that makes it OK. And in the “boy gets girl back” phase, they get married in the park in an impromptu ceremony that she planned with a jazz band, all their friends and family and blah blah blah Taylor Swift blah blah blah. This movie could have been good. Instead, it was this. 4 bugs (out of 10)