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Movie Reviews: Monday, June 3rd

Movie Reviews: Monday, June 3rd

By Spencer Blake. CREATED Jun 3, 2013

Fast and Furious 6 kept the box office revving over the weekend, speeding to first place for the second week in a row with 34.5 million dollars, while over performing Now You See Me conjured up just over 28 million for second place. And back in third place with a rare bomb for Will Smith, After Earth came in way below expectations with 27 million for third place.

1. "Fast & Furious 6," $34.5 million
2. "Now You See Me," $28.05 million
3. "After Earth," $27 million
4. (tie) "Epic," $16.4 million
4. (tie) "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $16.4 million
5. "The Hangover Part III," $15.9 million
6. "Iron Man 3," $8 million
7. "The Great Gatsby," $6.3 million
8. "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," $1.6 million
9. "Mud," $1.2 million
10. "The Croods," $615,000

Kon-Tiki - The Weinstein Company - Rated PG-13

Captivating and thrilling, Kon-Tiki was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar and it's easy to see why. This dramatization of the true story of Thor Heyerdahl's epic 5000 mile sea journey on a balsa wood raft established that Polynesia was most likely populated with people from South America.
This English language version was filmed alongside the Norwegian version and is identical. This is a sweaty-palm adventure made all the more-so by the fact that it is a true human struggle against the elements tale. Afterward, I watched the 1951 Oscar winning documentary done by the crew themselves. The two films enhance each other. I loved this gripping high adventure film. Don't be a weenie…see Kon-Tiki! 5 Stars Out of 5

Now You See Me - Summit Entertainment - Rated PG-13
Computer generated magic isn't compelling. You know it's fake. Now You See Me - a movie about magic - isn't compelling either, for the same reason. Well, that and it has an overcomplicated plot with a ton of holes, smug characters, and devolves into a tedious, unbelievable police procedural that throws in a stupid end twist. Oh, and it's a bad movie. Now you see me? It's better if you don't. 2 Stars Out of 5

After Earth - Columbia Pictures - Rated PG-13
Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan supposedly came up with the story for After Earth as a vehicle to make Smith's son, Jaden a star, and put Shyamalan back on the road to the heights he once had during his Sixth Sense days. In order for that to happen, they would need to make a good movie. They didn't. Jaden sounds like he has rocks in his mouth…and he does the unintelligible narration that begins the film. It goes downhill from there. This is nepotism at its worst. Apparently Will Smith did a charisma transfusion for his son…but it didn't take. All that seemed to happen is the elder Smith seemed to lose all of his somewhere during the procedure. Emotionless, charisma-devoid Will barks orders to Jaden, whose acting ability is on par with a block of lead. And both do so with a bizarre, affected accent. Dad has no emotions, the kid has one - he looks scared - we therefore have no emotional connection and begin looking at our watches about half way in. The sets look like they were constructed out of PVC pipe and plastic bags, and cost a buck and a half to build. The entire film just oozes hokey desperation. It has an awful structure, clumsy direction, bad CGI effects, and silly dialogue that some say comes from the basic tenets of scientology. It's not quite as putrid as Battlefield Earth, but it smells almost as bad. 1 Star Out of 5