Movie Buzz: 8/31

31 Aug

The Bourne Legacy got bumped to number two slot this weekend ($9.3M) with Expendable 2 ($13.4M) taking number one at the box office.  Hit and Run, Apparition, and Premium Rush all opened this last weekend, but not one made it to the number three, four, or even fifth spot at the box office.  Let’s see how they did and if they were worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.

Hit and Run—R What’s the buzz? A film starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepherd, and Bradley Cooper that is a comedy about a young couple setting out on a road trip that quickly becomes complicated and hilarious.  The New York Times said, “A comedy that feels as if it were dreamed up in the wee hours between bong hits and shots of tequila.”[1] And in the words of Richard Roeper, “The worst.”

So is it worth the money? No

  • Box office rank: 10
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 50
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 44% (yeaaaahhhh)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic- 5.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 50% (not looking good)

The Apparition—R What’s the buzz? A young couple moves into a house that is possessed blah, blah, blah…bad stuff happens, blah, blah, blah…you get the idea.  The film “Might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater” according to Entertainment Weekly.[2]


So is it worth the money? Big, fat ‘NO!”

  • Box office rank: So far down the line I couldn’t find it!
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2% (Clean up on aisle 2!)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic-2.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 31% (who is SEEING this???)

Premium Rush—PG-13 What’s the buzz? Joseph Gordon-Levit heads this film about an aggressive bicycle messenger who is being chased for a package he has been sent to deliver. USA Today said, “The contrived tale is filled with plot holes, but the story takes a back seat to the chase-filled, daredevil action.”[3]

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: 8
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 66
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 75% (ripe)
  • Consumers say: Metacritic- 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% (ripe)

What’s opening this week in theaters?

Lawless  (65% rottentomatoes)

The Posession (35% rottentomatoes)

5 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 8/31”

  1. littlebells August 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM #

    I’m looking forward to Lawless. Great cast and I love Hardy and Chastain.

  2. Open Book September 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

    I saw Lawless this weekend. It was o.k. not great. I think Tom Hardy wasn’t utilized enough. He’s very compelling but I imagine his inability to master a southern drawl may have been the reason for the one word dialogue close up scenes. My point is Shia did nothing to make me care about his character. It seemed he showed up and played the same fast talking hustler type that he always plays. It was boring but he did manage a pretty convincing southern accent.

    I would wait for it on DVD.

    • littlebells September 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM #

      THANK YOU OB!!! You just made my wallet very happy!

      • Open Book September 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM #

        No problem!!

  3. Comic Relief September 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    When I see movies like “the Apparition” and “The Possession” it makes me wish we had a writer who really cared about this genre on our site. This genre seems like it will never go away; (not that it should). Or should it?

    Then again, Open Book did an article on “Torture porn” a week or so ago. I guess that counts. Of course that would not keep us from doing a series anyway… Hmmm?

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