Hopefully by the time you watch this, we all will have purged the Four Seasons songs from our brains. They are darn catchy. Clint Eastwood’s film itself, though — while glossy and entertaining — is also rather conventional and safe.
“Think Like a Man Too” is a shameless example of cashing in again. The original 2012 film, “Think Like a Man,” was a surprise hit. This sequel just feels loose and lazy, and it squanders a great-looking, charismatic cast. (But the Bell Biv DeVoe music video they stage is pretty great.)
Just ridiculously entertaining. We all had a blast. See it, and then see it again to catch all the jokes you missed while you were laughing your ass off.
The sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is wondrous, colorful and vibrant. But it also dares to present some very serious themes and see them through to their completion. I took Nicolas to see it and he was only slightly frightened of the character Djimon Hounsou voices: a villain who wants to round up all the dragons to form his own personal army. The heavier stuff seems to have gone over his head. All of us at What the Flick?! were pretty wowed by it, though.
“The Rover” is a slow burn — a bleak vision of a parched, post-apocalyptic wasteland, but one with surprises and startling bursts of violence in store. Australian director David Michod’s follow-up to the great “Animal Kingdom” features a stoic Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson doing the most daring (and un-“Twilight”-like) work of his career. Matt and I dug it.
The boys and I compare how much we cried (or didn’t) while watching the film version of novelist John Green’s pop-culture phenomenon about teen cancer patients in love.
Tom Cruise is at his best in this thrilling (and super-violent) sci-fi take on “Groundhog Day.” Doug Liman’s film looks great, moves beautifully and is crammed with clever details. But the ending is a bit of a puzzle, we also did a super spoiler edition to break it all down.
Jenny Slate is an adorable, self-deprecating mess in a star-making performance as a stand-up comedian who gets pregnant after a one-night stand.”Obvious Child” dares to make tough choices and stick with them, and it does so with humor and humanity.
We all went a little nuts over this charming little Swedish film about a trio of teenage girls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. In its depictions of female friendship and restless youth, it’s funny and sad and true, with winning performances from its young cast.
The evil fairy who cursed Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” gets an origin story, as so many iconic characters have in recent years. It’s a role that would seem to be tailor-made for the formidable talents of Angelina Jolie, and while she does look striking, she seems strangely hemmed in. I actually would have enjoyed seeing her camp it up some more and revel in the character’s wickedness. Robert Abele joins me and Ben for a What the Flick?! review.