Movie reviews for April 22
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Tom Cruise is still king of the box office as his latest film, Oblivion, raked in a better than expected 38.2 million dollars, giving Cruise the box office crown again. 42 held its own, slipping into second place with 18 million and The Croods was third. Overall, the box office was down 19.4 percent from last year.
1. "Oblivion," $38.2 million
2. "42," $18 million
3. "The Croods," $9.5 million
4. "Scary Movie 5," $6.3 million
5. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," $5.8 million
6. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $4.7 million
7. "Olympus Has Fallen," $4.5 million
8. "Evil Dead," $4.1 million
9. "Jurassic Park" in 3-D, $4 million
10. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $3 millio
The Sapphires - The Weinstein Company - Rated PG-13
The Sapphires is a fictionalized account of a singing girl group who toured Viet Nam during the 70's and is based on a true story. It is a film I've seen in various incarnations many times before, but this time I think I liked it even better. Some doesn't ring true, but it has a nice story and is ultimately, a touching audience pleaser. 4 Stars Out of 5
Girl Rising - Docgroup / CNN Films - Rated PG-13
A noble cause guides Girl Rising. The film features nine girls from nine countries with nine women writers helping them re-enact their stories which depict slavery, severe violence, sexual abuse and being sold into marriage.
A few of the stories won me over and are genuinely touching, some just left me lukewarm. It is overly stylistic and preachy at times, but has good intentions. Overall, it seems like an info-mercial for girl-power, and at the end appeals for donations, but the cause - educating women in third world countries - is a worthy one. 3 1/2 Stars Out of 5
Oblivion - Universal - Rated PG-13
Oblivion is yet another post-apocalyptic tale where this time, Tom Cruise is a human Wall-E. It's a mediocre, hard to care about film that looks pretty, with pretty people and has above average special effects. Tom Cruise is the same as every movie he's in, and once again he's paired with female love interests half his age. Most 25 year old women think an affair with a 50 year old man is somewhere between yuck and disgusting, even though the 50 year old men think the opposite, and are delusional enough to think such a thing is possible...probably because they've watched too many Tom Cruise movies. So, this derivative film really comes off as just kinda dumb. A synonym for oblivion is forgetfulness…they forgot that this movie had been done before, better. Another is unconsciousness. That's the state the writers were in when they wrote it. And finally, stupor. An apt description of me at the end. 2 1/2 Stars Out of 5
No - Sony Pictures Classics - Rated R
I found it hard to believe that No was nominated for an Academy Award.
The low res, VHS look, and documentary style set the mood at first, but eventually proved distracting. Not that I could see it all that much. The subtitles were going by so fast and furious I missed half of them…and I took a speed reading course. All the reading made it difficult to actually see the movie. And, the movie I was reading was pretty dry…yes, it's a dry, wordy, overlong movie about dueling ad campaigns. While it perks up in the last half hour, it isn't what I'd call "must reading." Just say no. 2 stars Out of 5
The Lords of Salem - Anchor Bay Films - Rated R
Rob Zombie's latest film, The Lords of Salem starts out with a group of mostly elderly women worshipping Satan, and getting naked, as you do. That fact alone would preclude me from ever wanting to engage in such activity, as a prune has fewer wrinkles than these women. They are a testament to droopy cottage cheese. Anyway, they overact worshipping Satan, or maybe just have bad gas, I don't know. Next, we see Rob Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, who has as many tattoos as the old witches have wrinkles, and we see her naked. She has so much acting ability, rocks are jealous. This is where the film gets boring and plays a bit like Paranormal Activity. She's a third of a radio show that is so unentertaining it airs in Salem, Massachusetts. Anyway a bad record shows up at the station in a wooden box so they decide to play it and it curses all the women in town or something. At this point, the film devolves into a bizarre acid trip. Or maybe it was just hallucinations Mr. Zombie had, caused by eating chicken cordon-bleu that had "turned." Anyway, the freaky last half-hour is filled with massive overacting, naked 70 year old women, and faceless monks enjoying their anatomically correct selves.
Or maybe it was just that turned chicken cordon-bleu after it had been regurgitated…1 Star Out of 5