Enough already with the ’80s remakes, amirite? The new “RoboCop” lacks the cheeky satire of the original, but it’s got a great cast and the visual effects are pretty dazzling. The boys and I are all mixed on it.
Matt and I are seriously in love with “The Lego Movie.” In many ways, it’s actually better suited for adults than it is for kids. The animated comedy is consistently high-spirited and hilarious but also profoundly emotional in a surprising way. Alonso, meanwhile, wasn’t quite so wild about it. You guys decide whom to trust in this one.
George Clooney, as director, co-writer and star, put together an impressive cast to tell the story of a group of art historians who went behind enemy lines during World War II to recover millions of paintings and scultpures that Hitler stole. But the film is strangely dull and tonally off, and watching Clooney interact with the likes of Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman only serves as a reminder of the superior work they’ve done. None of us liked this one.
We’re all still devastated over at What the Flick?! following the death of one of our favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. We discuss the depth and versatility of his talent and struggle to decide on a singular favorite performance during his wide-ranging career. We had so much to talk about, we forgot to mention “Capote,” the film that earned Hoffman his best-actor Oscar. That’s how prolific his output was.
Paulina Garcia is indeed glorious as the title character: a divorced woman in her 50s carving out her own identity and finding her own happiness. This drama was Chile’s submission for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards (it was not nominated, unfortunately) but it’s very much worth seeking out. It’s honest, unpredictable and just completely lovely. (And yes, it will put the Laura Branigan song in your head. I’m just warning you now.)
It’s just a shot away … it’s just a shot away …
Wait, sorry. This is not a documentary about the rioting at Altamont, nor is it an analysis of Martin Scorsese’s use of pop music in his films. But man, you’ll wish it were. Vanessa Hudgens continues to shed her Disney Channel trappings as a runaway pregnant teen in this poorly-made, anti-abortion drama. It’s essentially an after-school special blown up on the big screen.
Matt and I had a decent time, but Ben is flabbergasted by the lack of realism in the latest Jack Ryan movie. Chris Pine takes over the role of novelist Tom Clancy’s CIA operative — played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck — in this prequel/reboot which rips a hole in the time-space continuum.
Matt and I didn’t even have to use our AKs to review the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart mismatched-buddy cop comedy. But we did blast a few holes in it nonetheless.
Many things suck. Here are three of them. Ben, Alonso and I pick the worst films of 2013.
Ben, Alonso and I choose our favorite movies from 2013. You all know that my No. 1 pick is: “Gravity.” But what did the guys select? The anticipation is agonizing, isn’t it?