Movie Buzz 10-14

14 Oct

Real Steel with Hugh Jackman, stole the number one spot from Dolphin Tale last weekend.   The Ides of March with George Clooney took the number 2 spot bringing in $10.5 million.  Last week, we had 2 films open.  Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Reel StealPG 13 What’s the Buzz? Director Shawn Levy did not win over  many film critics with this film. Yet, consumers seemed to praise him.  Kyle Smith of The New York Post says, “So much is missing, and yet I must have checked my watch 40 times in stupefaction as the film presented a dozen variations on Charlie and the boy bonding while machines smash each other.” However,  consumers stated the CGI is impressive and very kid friendly.[1]

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So is it worth the money? No

  • Box office rank: #1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 56
  • rottentomatoes: 58% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 8.4
  • rottentomatoes: 83%

The Ides of March—R What’s the Buzz? Film critics and consumers agreed on this film.  Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer As a director, Clooney makes every moment count. He moves things along briskly, sharply – but also knows when to stop and observe, to take a more distant view.” Consumers felt it was a strong political thriller and the plot  very compelling.[2]

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So is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 67
  • rottentomatoes: 83% (certified fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.8
  • rottentomatoes: 81% 

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

The Thing(latest review results—34% rottentomatoes) Click here to view trailer

Footloose (latest review results—71% rottentomatoes) Click here to view trailer

The Big Year (latest review results: 50% rottentomatoes) Click here to view trailer


2 Responses to “Movie Buzz 10-14”

  1. comic relief October 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    “Ides of March” was really fantastic. If this was Clooney’s directorial debut we can look forward to lot of stellar work in this area in the future. Playing a supportive role, he acts also and is equally compelling yet I doubt anyone will think this is his film.

    As the article states this is a political thriller, and fairly fast paced you never realize how quickly the movie is moving. Focusing on a Democratic Party race prior to the Iowa primary, Clooney’s (almost (cartoonish Obama-esque) campaign describes the challenges of uneven political competitor Governor Mike Morris. As I said before: this really isn’t Clooney’s movie. This movie is about the intellectual journey of gifted and idealistic staffer Stephen Meyers; played by Ryan Gosling. Tossed, failing and surviving many threats and challenges Meyers ends of defining what contemporary careers entail.

    Even without the excellent story, a movie featuring so many supporting actor super stars like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright and Marisa Tomei should be hard to miss.

    • comic relief October 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM #

      sorry…. “political” careers

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