Movie Buzz: 10/12

12 Oct
Welcome to Movie Buzz!

This week Taken 2 opened with spot #1 grossing $49.5M.  This was more than double the opening of the first film!  Pitch Perfect came in at #3 grossing $14.8M. Unfortunately Frankenweenie did not fair very well and only came it at #5 with$11.5M.  Let’s take a look at these films and see if they are worth it!

 Note: We only review films in wide release.

  • Rating: PG-13
  • Box office rank: 1/$42.5M
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 45
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 21%
  • Consumers say: Metacritic- 6.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
  • What’s the Buzz?  3 out of 5 stingers.  Don’t let box office numbers fool you.  This sequel may or may not be a success.  If you loved the first one, you may want to take a chance on seeing Taken 2.

  • Rating: PG-13
  • Box office rank: 2/$14.8M
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 65
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
  • Consumers say: Metacritic- 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
  • What’s the Buzz? 4 out of 5 stingers.  It may not be bringing in the money, but most audiences find the movie fun to watch.  The storyline is basic, but it’s a fun, sweet story with great singing.
  • Rating: PG
  • Box office rank: 5/$11.5M
  • Critics say: Metacritic- 75
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
  • Consumers say: Metacritic- 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
  • What’s the Buzz? 4 out of 5 stingers.  Again, don’t let box office numbers fool you.  If you are a Tim Burton fan, go see it!

 What’s opening this week in theaters?

Click on the film title to see the trailer.

Argo 2


Here Comes the Boom


9 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 10/12”

  1. littlebells October 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM #

    I am really hoping to see ARGO tomorrow. I have been waiting patiently and want to be able to review it before next week!

  2. Open Book October 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM #

    AWESOME!! LBEEEEEEEEEEEE! I love the mascot. I might go see Argo tomorrow too. Well maybeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Hahahaha!

    • littlebells October 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM #

      hahaha! Thanks OB! 🙂 I’m still tinkering around.

      In watching the trailer for Sinister, I’m actually tempted to see it, but I can only watch horror movies during the day and I see the daylight. That means I will have to wait until RedBox.

      has anyone seen any of the movies that opened last weekend?

      • Open Book October 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM #

        I wanted to see Looper last week but was unable to. So I might see Argo and Looper tomorrow and come back and give u my review.

  3. littlebells October 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM #

    Just got back from seeing ARGO! Heaven to Mergatroid that movie was fantastic! The hubs went with me and found it just as thrilling and wonderful. It’s focus isn’t the actual hostages in Iran, but those who escaped the embassy and went into hiding with the Canadian Ambassador and his wife. The research was amazing and Affleck did another fantastic job with direction. Again, I like him more in his OWN movies, sorry. What can I say. Even though we know how the film ends, how he unfolds the story is intense and nail biting. There is some comic relief appropriately placed which helps because the movie would be far too intense otherwise. I thought the cast did an exceptional job, but truly, it’s the research that impressed me the most. Stay for the credits. Amazing side by side photos of real pics and how they used them in the film. Truly tremendous. I give it a solid 10.

    I don’t know how well it will be received. Younger generations have no idea, I’m sure, about this hostage take over. I think it will draw an older crowd (35 +). I saw that in our theater and it was half full at a 4:20 Saturday showing. I think word of mouth will be it’s best use of PR. I commend Affleck for the task he took on.

    GO SEE IT!!!

    • Open Book October 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM #

      Now, I can’t wait to see it. Thank u for this great review. LB would u go see it again? Who’s performance stood out the most?

      • littlebells October 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM #

        You are so welcome! yes, I would see it again. Honestly, I felt the entire cast stood out. I loved John Goodman and at first I didn’t even recognize Tate Donovan as one of the six! Yes, there is a lot of Hollywood story added to make it more intense, but on the whole, the main facts are there. The audience gave it an applause at the end.

        I think one could get stuck on the controversy and adding Hollywood elements to the story, but try not to. It is a great story, based on true events, and it’s quite remarkable. I can’t wait for you to see it!

        p.s. I’m sure CR will let you borrow the mole shoes whenever you want. 🙂

        • Open Book October 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM #

          Does this film inspire u to learn more about this event?

          P.S. I would wear the mole shoes everyday. LOL!!

          • littlebells October 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

            Yes!! I went home and put my Google into overdrive. I first started with what was added and what stayed true. Then moved on to the history. George Clooney is also a producer, so you know its going to be a well thought out film.

            I think they did a great job of giving some backtory as the film began. In reading the history, there is so much that if you included all the people who helped and were involved, there would have been too many storylines.

            I was only 3 at the time of the hostage takeover, so by tue time I was old enough to understand, it wasn’t really discussed. However, as we have talked in other posts about educating ourselves and stepping out of our learning “box”, this is a great film that the youth of today could learn from. If they are motivated enough to look up facts and get the story, then we are making progress.

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