Movie Buzz: 1-27

27 Jan

Underworld Awakening knocked MI: Ghost Protocol out of first place grossing $23.5 million.  Red Tails came in at second (grossing $18.8 million) followed by Contraband at $12 million. Other films that opened this week were Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Haywire.  Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Underworld Awakening—R What’s the Buzz? Kate Beckinsdale returns in her lead role as a vampire warrioress, Selene.  Most critics did not enjoy the film.  The New York Daily Times calls it a “would-be videogame adventure with 3-D added to boost ticket prices.”[1] Consumers thought it wasn’t great, but not awful: a lot of action, but little story.

So is it worth the money? Maybeeeeeee

  •      Box office rank: #1
  •      Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 39
  •      rottentomatoes: 30% (something smells…)
  •      Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.1
  •      rottentomatoes: 76%

Red Tails—PG-13 – What’s the Buzz? A film produced by George Lucas, this story is of the Tuskegee airmen (332nd fighters) who were able to prove they had just enough skills in the sky to protect their service brothers and their country like any other soldier. Again, most critics found it campy and very comic book-like. “The African American fliers’ great achievement merits a great movie. Red Tails isn’t it,” stated The Washington Post.[2]  Audiences found it enjoyable, thought the aerial fight scenes were great, but the characters were too one-dimensional.

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 46
  • rottentomatoes: 35% (not so bueno!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.9
  • rottentomatoes: 71%  

 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close—PG-13 – What’s the Buzz? A father who dies in the 9/11 attacks leaves a final message for his son hidden somewhere in the city. What appears to be a very emotional and touching film was not very popular among critics. Roger Ebert states that as a movie has been able to provide catharsis for the Holocaust, none might ever be able to provide one for 9/11.[3]

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  •      Box office rank: #4
  •      Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 46
  •      rottentomatoes: 47% (rotten)
  •      Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.9
  •      rottentomatoes: 67%  

 Haywire—R—What’s the buzz?  Directed by Steven Soderbergh (All those great Ocean movies), this film gets the exact opposite response from critics and consumers.  The other films mentioned have all been pooh-poohed by critics.  Well now they all agree that it’s great and yet audiences only gave it a 54%.  The Washington Post gave it a thumbs up, saying, “Haywire stays true to it’s low-rent B-movie principles, right down to the fast, strong, and quietly competent heroine at it’s center.”[4]  Wait, is that a compliment?  Some consumers thought it was a confusing and contrived thriller while many of the action scenes are shown in the trailer. 

So is it worth the money? No

  •      Box office rank: #6
  •      Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 67
  •      rottentomatoes: 81% (Really? * side eye *)
  •      Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.5
  •      rottentomatoes: 54%  

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj5QE4mLUOM

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

The Grey (latest review results—80% rottentomatoes)

Man on Ledge (latest review results—20% rottentomatoes)

One for the Money (latest review results: none)

 


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9 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 1-27”

  1. littlebells January 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM #

    NOTE: EC&IL did get an Oscar nom for Best Picture…

    • Comic Relief January 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM #

      If not for the one “no”, this might have the site’s first all maybe week. Oddly “Underworld: Awakening” was number one, but how can you lose if you supply the audience with vampires or penguins. 🙂

      • Open Book January 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM #

        LOL!!

        • littlebells January 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

          hahahahaha!!! I was thinking that myself as I was writing it.

  2. Open Book January 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

    Ok I buckled and saw Haywire. I know, I told u I will see just about anything Fassbender is in. Anyway, it was not bad. It had interesting action scenes which made u forgive the contrived nature of the film. The story got mangled up toward the middle and end. I think the best part of the film was when M. Fassbender showed up. I know I’m bias but the fight scene between Gina Carano & M.Fassbender was amazing. Also the intensity leading up to that scene was AWESOME. Fassbender and Carano really captured the flirtatiousness, seductiveness and enthusiasm of their characters very well. Then out of nowhere they start fighting. It was great!! That entire scene is like a great rollercoaster ride.

    Anyway, take a look.

    http://www.instyle.co.uk/video/clip-haywire-hotel-fight-scene-with-michael-fassbender

    I could see Carano as Wonder Woman.

    • Comic Relief January 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM #

      You are merciles. See, and I tried not to mention the WW name and you did it anyway….

      • Comic Relief January 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM #

        And I can’t spell, “merciless”

        • Open Book January 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

          Never try and respond when your angry. LOL!!

          • littlebells January 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM #

            OMG, you two are killing me! Ok, now I need to check out Carano as WW…:)

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