Movie Buzz: 1-20

20 Jan

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol continues to stay among the top three at the box office, coming in 3rdContraband takes first, grossing $24.3 million, and Beauty and The Beast: 3D comes in at second, grossing $17.8 million. The Iron Lady and We need to Talk About Kevin did not seem to make worldwide, so we will look at another film that was released, Joyful Noise. Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Contraband—R What’s the Buzz? Starring Mark Whalberg, this film is about a man who goes back into a life of crime to save his wife’s brother from being killed for debts owed.  According to USA Today, it has a few moments that are very tense, but the majority of the story is very predictable.[1]  Most consumers enjoyed it, but then again they were comparing it to the drudge of movies that have been opened since the New Year.

So is it worth the money? Meh…

  • Box office rank: #1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 52
  • rottentomatoes: 49% (Not ripe!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.9
  • rottentomatoes: 66%

Beauty and The Beast: 3D—G – What’s the Buzz? Introducing a whole new generation to the Disney Classic, this film gets applauded by both critics and consumers!  Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said the animation “…looked more real that live-action features”  and the story and music were terrific.[2]  Consumers gave it all around 5 stars saying it triggered old childhood memories and nostalgia of why they loved the film to begin with.

So is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- NA
  • rottentomatoes: 91% (frrrrrrrrrrEASH!!!!!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- NA
  • rottentomatoes: 86%

Joyful Noise—PG-13 – What’s the Buzz? Starring the one and only Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, this film is about a small town choir trying to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition.  This film was split between critics and consumers.  Rolling Stone felt the dialogue was enough to choke on and compares it to the flailing storyline of Glee.[3] Click here to watch trailer.

So is it worth the money? Most likely, No.

  • Box office rank: #4
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 44
  • rottentomatoes: 37% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.4
  • rottentomatoes: 76%

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

Haywire (latest review results—83% rottentomatoes) Click here to watch trailer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (latest review results—49% rottentomatoes) Click here to watch trailer

Red Tails (latest review results: 41% rottentomatoes)

7 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 1-20”

  1. Open Book January 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM #

    ok I was looking forward to seeing Haywire. A Steven Soderbergh film really? After watching the trailer it looks like a knock off of “Girl with A Dragon Tatoo.” Gosh!!! It has Michael Fasbender in it, eventhough he’s in it for five minutes. What to do, what to do? I don’t know if it’s worth my time. I can’t believe rottentomatoes has given it such a high score. Has anyone else seen this film?

    • littlebells January 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM #

      I haven’t but from the comments I have read on the web, it is not good. Is HW trying to make Channing Tatum the next action movie star?

      Honestly it looks like a film you are going to love or hate. I’d wait till it’s at Redbox. 🙂

      • Open Book January 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

        It looks that way. It looks so much like Dragon Tattoo though and Dragon was a much better film. This film looks thrown together quickly to capatilize on DT popularity and profit.

        See I told u we would be revisiting this originality problem again.

        LB-Are there any films u would recommend seeing this weekend?

        • littlebells January 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM #

          Beauty in the Beast because come on…we all loved it the first time. 🙂

          I would recommend EL&IC, but I recommend it at your own risk. Perhaps bring a box of tissues.

          Honestly I thought the Red Tails preview looked good, so it’s worth a chance to go check it out. It is history, so…

          If none of those films grab you and the weather is rainy and cold wherever you are, I would suggest The Princess Bride, Father of the Bride, Parenthood (the film), any John Hughes film or other childhood/teen nostalgic film to stream or rent.


  2. Open Book January 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    Haywire is an indie film producer/Relative Media with a 25 mil budget. DT had a 90 mil budget film produced by MGM/Columbia Pictures.

    Q: Do u think action films need bigger budgets to support big spectacle to be a good film? Or A good script/director/cast matters more than spectacle in a action film?

  3. comic relief January 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM #

    I’m not kidding Merryl Streep was spectacular in “Iron Lady.” Though I thought the screen play was sad, it’s difficult to see an acting performance that great every day.

    • littlebells January 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

      You are so lucky to have seen it! I can’t find it anywhere out here. Just like I can’t find We Need to Talk to Kevin. Just watching Streep alone in the trailer I knew she would be fantastic and deserved her GG.

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