Linked In Hollywood: Movie Buzz 4-22

22 Apr

By Open Book

Last weekend moviegoers took a walk on the wild side. Rio took the #1 spot at the box office and Hop took a mighty great fall to #3.[1] Rio was well received by both film critics and consumers.  However, there were a couple of films released film critics and consumers did not agree on. Let’s take a look at what they said!

Rio-G: What’s the buzz? The makers of Ice Age created a vibrant fun film for kids to enjoy.  According to both film critics and consumers the vocals by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway were strong and entertaining.  Listen for yourself!

  • Box office rank: #1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 63 Positive, rottentomatoes: 72% (fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.3 Positive, rottentomatoes: 80%

Scream 4-R:  What’s the buzz? There’s quite a difference of opinion here on this film. Film critics thought it was too gimmicky. Consumers disagreed and thought it was a perfect sequel.  Although, not particularly scary, they claim it is funny and entertaining to watch. [2]

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 52 Mixed, rottentomatoes: 58% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.4 Positive, rottentomatoes: 71%

The Conspirator-Pg-13: What’s the buzz? Film critics were mixed on this film. Some loved the acting and thought Redford did and excellent job. However, others thought the script was average and one-sided.  Consumers disagreed claiming the acting, direction and story was captivating and holds your attention from beginning to end. [3]

  • Box office rank: #11
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 55 Mixed, rottentomatoes: 56% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.3 Positive, rottentomatoes: 70%

So there you have it. What are you going to see this weekend? Please share with us your review!

Next week: African Cats, Madea’s Big Happy Family and Water for Elephants

Here’s a little movie trivia for you. What film is this quote from?

“This ain’t training. In training they just give you an F. Out here you get killed.”

Have a nice weekend!

12 Responses to “Linked In Hollywood: Movie Buzz 4-22”

  1. Lurker April 22, 2011 at 8:03 AM #

    I’ll give a quick review of The Conspirator.
    I thought the movie was very good. James McAvoy was very compelling in that his character is emotionally torn having to defend Mary Surratt against his own personal beliefs.
    Tom Wilkinson and Kevin Klein delivered as well.

    The movie compelled me to see where it was filmed because there seemed to be no CGI and it was filmed in Savannah GA with historical homes and Fort Pulaski.

    However, what most bothered me is the critics reviews pointing Redford into making a political statement about trying civilians. For me, I see a much different perspective. In fact, if you’ve ever seen the John Adams mini series with Paul Giamatti, or you recall Early American history. The conflict of Fred Aiken and John Adams is the same.

    John Adams defended the british soldiers during the Boston Massacre and was under a constant stream of pressure from his fellow citizens. Fredrick Aiken, like John Adams had to search for the ‘higher purpose’ to defend the clients they didn’t want to. In this case Fred Aiken challenged the tribunal environment that was allowed to exist due to Lincoln’s suspension of Habeus Corpus.

    In my opinion of you see this movie, watch it for the human drama that unfolds during this period in history and watch the great acting by all the characters. It’s not meant to be a historical documentary however, the key facts of that time period seem in order to me.

    Again, McAvoy is the standout in my opinion. Great job.

    • Open Book April 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

      Great review Lurker!

      I saw it too and loved J. McAvoy & Robin Wright’s performances. I mean they really stood out but the entire cast did a great job as well. If nothing else go see it for those reasons. Was RR trying to make a political statement? Perhaps? It’s hard to tell a story like this, without audiences drawing that conclusion. But I think this film is “a lesson in history” rather than “a history lesson.”

      IMO! The later implies audiences will come away feeling they are being dictated too. As oppose to the other, which makes them look back, think, ask questions and be pro active. I guess it’s up to audiences to decide in the end.

      U said it well Lurker! This was not a documentary but a historical dramatization, there are bound to be some speculation given some information not being available. Did u know it took RR over a decade to collect the research for this film? I think he started back in the mid 80’s? I will find the article I read it was awhile back.

  2. Littlebells April 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    Great reviews!!!!! Hopefully I can get out and see it this next week.

    are either of you going to WFE today???

    • Open Book April 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM #

      Hi LB!

      U should check back today around noon. We have a little something planned!!

      • Littlebells April 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

        YOU GOT ROB TO SIGN IN AND TELL US HOW SMART AND WONDERFUL WE ALL ARE!!! 🙂 J/K!! But that would be hilarious and awesome.

        I”m going to be on the freakin’ 99 FWY into 2 hours of my 5 hour drive to LA, but maybe I will pull off to check in for a bit. Gotta make potty breaks and all. 🙂

        • Lurker April 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM #


          No, we’re hooking up a webcam so we can interview Tai!

          Wouldn’t that be great!?

          • Littlebells April 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM #

            I’ve got jelly beans! 🙂


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