Movie Buzz 9-16

16 Sep

Contagion was the number one film at the box office last weekend earning ($30.0 Million Worldwide), and Warrior came in third, starring Tom Hardy it earned ($6.0 Million Domestic).   There were more in wide release to open.  We will review last weekend films as well those coming out this weekend so you can decide if they are worth the money?

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

ContagionPG-13  What’s the Buzz? Film critics and consumers disagreed on this film. Forrest Wickman of Slate, “Contagion‘s highly visual storytelling shows a love of cinema in nearly every frame, from the Traffic-like crafting of different color schemes for each hot zone, to the crisp state-of-the-art digital cinematography, to Stephen Mirrione’s masterclass editing.[1] Consumers reviews were mixed some said they were expecting more while others thought it was great.

So is it worth the money? Yes!

Box office rank: #1

  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 70
  • rottentomatoes: 84% (certified FRESH!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.6
  • rottentomatoes: 67%

Warrior—PG-13 What’s the Buzz? Film critics and consumers greatly differed in their opinion of this flick.  Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer called it, “the working-class underdog heroics of Rocky, pile on big heaps of corn, and throw it all into an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage, and you have the crazily enjoyable Warrior.”[2], Consumers, agree with critics on this one. Majority said the characters are engaging and story was compelling.

So is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: #3
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 71
  • rottentomatoes: 83% (certified FRESH!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 8.5
  • rottentomatoes: 93%

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star–R What’s the Buzz? Horrible, Horrible, Horrible. Critics and consumers agree this film.   A.O. Scott of New York Times said, “It occurs to me that “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” may have been made for a similar purpose, to console every actor who has ever been in a movie that is a little less bad than this one.[4]  Consumers said this is not worth renting.  Many said this was the worst film ever made.

So is it worth the money? NO, NO!

  •  Box office rank: #15
  •  Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 9
  • rottentomatoes: 0% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 2.6
  • rottentomatoes: 34%

What’s opening in theaters this weekend? Please click on title to see trailer.

Drive (latest review results—95% rottentomatoes)

I Don’t Know How She Does It (latest review results—18% rottentomatoes)

The Lion King 3-D(latest review results—89% rottentomatoes)

Straw Dogs (latest review results—36% rottentomatoes)


One Response to “Movie Buzz 9-16”

  1. comic relief September 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM #

    Hmmm, did Open book write this?

    Here are two films I really wanted to see. I want to see “Contagion”, because many have promoted this film.

    I want to see “Warrior” because it’s such a seemingly guy film. Yet in non-Charles Bronson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, or Sylvester Stallone fashion, the trailer goes far out of its way to paint these guys as sensitive and wounded puppy dogs who need a break or our understanding.


    Still, I want the film, regardless of what these guys do for a living. It might surprise you given how sensitive they are. Somehow, I expect to be entertained anyway.

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