Movie Buzz 7/13

13 Jul

The Amazing Spider-Man opened this week at #1, bringing in $62M.  Savages took spot #4 ($16M) and Katy Perry’s: Part of Me took spot #8 ($7.1M) Let’s see how they did and if they’re worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.

The Amazing Spider-ManPG-13 What’s the buzz?  Critics and audiences seem to be very happy with this production.  The New York Daily News says, “Director Marc Webb’s action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It’s dark and mysterious, but doesn’t skimp on fun.”[1] The films stars a great cast with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans, and Dennis Leary.

So is it worth the money? Yes

  • Box office rank: 1
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 66
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 74% (Ripe)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 84%  (Fresh!)

Savages—R  What’s the buzz? Mixed reviews among the critics.  While some praised it, others did not.  The Chicago Tribune said, “Savages” has trouble making us care what happens to the beautiful people – the untouchables – at the center of the sun-baked fairy tale.”[2] Yet Entertainment Weekly stated, “Savages is Oliver Stone doing what he should have done a long time ago: making a tricky, amoral, down-and-dirty crime thriller that’s blessedly free of any social, topical, or political relevance.”[3]

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: 4
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 62
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 54% (Ouch!)
  • Consumers say:  Metacritic-6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 64%  (slightly bruised)

Katy Perry:  Part of Me—PG  What’s the buzz?  Everyone seems to be pleased with Katy’s movie.  “It’s difficult to assess the authenticity of Perry’s big-screen portrait, shaped by handlers, friends, family and gushing Katy Kats. But her zeal, geeky enthusiasm and generous spirit feel genuine.”[4]—USA TODAY As for audiences, many found it surprisingly emotional and inspiring.

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: 8
  • Film critics say: Metacritic- NA
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 76% (fresh)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-NA
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81%  (definitely fresh)

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

The Ice Age: Continental Drift 3-D (96% rottentomatoes)

2 Responses to “Movie Buzz 7/13”

  1. Open Book July 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM #

    I commented earlier this week about The Amazing Spiderman on another page. But I would like to add a bit more…..

    Although, I thought Garfield’s performance was great. The relationship between Stone and Garfield was too rushed. I think it undermined the importance of the story. IMO the two characters didn’t have any integrity. Their actions were impulsive without any reasoning behind them. It made both characters look shallow and insincere IMO. I will come back later and explain in more detail.

    Great review LB!

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