Bob Richards' Movie Reviews: Monday, May 13th
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Even Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't stop Iron Man's box office domination. For the second weekend in a row, Iron Man 3 leads the box office, pulling in 72.5 million dollars. Domestically it has taken in nearly 300 million dollars in its first ten days, and almost a billion worldwide. In second place, The Great Gatsby pulled in a very respectable 51.1 million. Way back in third place, Pain & Gain made 5 million, and the week's other new release Peeples was feeble…in fourth place with 4.9 million.
This weekend at the Box Office:
1. "Iron Man 3," $72.5 million ($89.3 million international)
2. "The Great Gatsby," $51.1 million
3. "Pain & Gain," $5 million
4. "Peeples," $4.9 million
5. "42," $4.7 million
6. "Oblivion," $3.9 million
7. "The Croods," $3.6 million
8. "The Big Wedding," $2.5 million
9. "Mud," $2.4 million
10. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $802,000
(The Angel's Share - Sundance Selects - Not Rated)
The title of The Angel's Share refers to the 2 percent of scotch that evaporates after it is put in the barrels to age. This film revolves around several street thugs, who, for one reason or another are given community service. The man coordinating that service takes them on a field trip to a whiskey distillery where the main character discovers a talent for distinguishing fine scotch characteristics. This develops into a pretty good caper comedy that at the same time is heartwarming and real. The majority of the cast have thick Scottish accents, so I was thankful for the English subtitles. This is a very likeable, feel good film that distils a good share of belly laughs. And like the single malt scotch in the film, I loved it.
4 Stars Out of 5
(The Great Gatsby - Warner Brothers - Rated PG-13)
Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby features the director's signature vivacious camera movement, and sumptuous visuals. Luhrman's sweeping camera movements work well in 3-D, and the 3-D only adds to this amazing visual feast. Leonardo DiCaprio is as good as he's been in the last dozen years or so, but Tobey Maguire comes off more as a limp washrag. Carey Mulligan is as gorgeous as ever, and gives the film much needed emotional heft. Isla Fisher is good, but isn't given sufficient screen time to register too much. Joel Edgerton has a tough role, but deftly accomplishes what he sets out to do. In the end, none of the characters are all that likable, and distances the audience from making a real emotional connection. The film aims for the edgy side mixing the 1920's with a hip hop score, and I thought it worked. Overall, is it great? No…I'd call it The Good Gatsby, The Serviceable Gatsby, The not really great, but not awful Gatsby. 3 1/2 Stars Out of 5
(Peeples - Lionsgate - Rated PG-13)
Peeples features music that seems to have been lifted from 70's blaxploitation films, except for the one creepy song that the main character sings to preschoolers about where not to urinate. Pee-Ples…I get it. And that sets the tone for the rest of the film. It's really more of a train wreck than anything. It's Meet the Parents as imagined by Tyler Perry - although Perry only produced it…main character Craig Robinson is decent enough and might be fine in another film. Kerry Washington has a lot of talent - just not so much in the comedy department. David Alan Grier exemplifies the bulk of the embarrassing one note performances featured here along with an interminable, ridiculous script that can only muster nervous laughter from the audience. God-awful in most every way, Pee-ples is poop-les. 1 1/2 Stars Out of 5
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