Bob Richards' Movie Reviews: Monday, September 9th
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The Spectacular Now - A24 - Rated R
In The Spectacular Now, Miles Teller and Shailene Wooley are both pretty spectacular. He has quite a screen presence and she is nothing short of adorable. The two have a nice chemistry together and that really makes the movie. At times, the film is Ferris Buehler like, and really shines, while at other times, it gets a bit morose and even preachy. It stumbles a bit in the final act, and loses some of the good will the cast has built with the audience. Overall, it's not quite spectacular, but there are some special moments. 4 Stars Out of 5
Riddick - Universal - Rated R
Riddick is pretty much a retread of Pitch Black. Now, I liked Pitch Black for the most part, and hated The Chronicles of Riddick. Most people agreed with me, which, I suppose, is why they went back to the first film's formula for this third film. But did they really need to copy it so closely? The original features mostly visceral action, and this has moments of that, but also gets draggy and talky, and ultimately feels like a lesser copy. Vin Diesel growls his way through some silly dialogue, trains an alien space dog, and battles some water scorpion creatures. Some of the creatures are cool, but there are several special effects that look very cheesy. You can practically see the green screen. I checked my watch over and over. For the most part it's fairly Riddick-u-lous. 2 Stars Out of 5
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1. "Riddick," $18.7 million.
2. "Lee Daniels' The Butler," $8.9 million.
3. "Instructions Not Included," $8.1 million.
4. "We're the Millers," $7.9 million.
5. "Planes," $4.3 million.
6. "One Direction: This Is Us," $4.1 million.
7. "Elysium," $3.1 million.
8. "Blue Jasmine," $2.7 million.
9. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," $2.5 million.
10. "The World's End," $2.3 million.