Weekend Movies: Tina Fey’s winning streak ends


It’s an embarrassment of riches this weekend as Hollywood hurls a ton of titles at us to lure us away from March Madness on the TV.

“The Croods” is a pleasant animated surprise, and I’m not the only one who thinks so.

“Spring Breakers” will surprise only those showing up who think this “Girls Gone Wild” meets “Set It Off” is a raunchy spring break comedy. Raunchy, yes. All those child starlets (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson) in bikinis, behaving badly, talking dirty. James Franco stirring the pot with them (my interview with him is here).

Not a great script, but artfully made and cleverly dark. Decent reviews for this one.

“Olympus Has Fallen” isn’t the worst Gerard Butler movie of the past five years. A Die Hard in the White House, he gets to spit a couple of pithy one liners and shoot and stab and strangle a lot of terrorists. A Chuck Norris Movie with Gerry in it. Weak reviews for this one.

“Admission” suggests that maybe Tina Fey’s winning streak — honors, hits, Golden Globes hosting glory, Mark Twain prize, success at every turn — is over.

Love that Tina. Just love her. But this is one lovelorn Liz Lemonish turn too many. Mixed to poor reviews or this rom-com about seeing students in a different light when you’re an Ivy League admissions officer and one of the little mediocrities trying to get into your college may be the one you gave up for adoption 18 years before. Will it do any business? I am guessing no.

“The Sapphires” opens in some cities. Adorable, a little cloying, but good enough. Will it catch on? Good reviews across the board on that on.

“Leonie,” about the mother of a famous Japanese American sculptor/landscape artist, hits a couple of cities. New piece of history (for me, anyway), nice sense of place and time and nice Emily Mortimer performance. Not great, but “intriguing.

“Stoker” opens in Orlando, and somewhat wider nationally — Friday. Edgy, dark, well-acted. Good reviews for that one.

“Murph: The Protector” is a moving documentary about the sort of upstanding, team-oriented young man drawn to the Navy SEALs, and what one has to do to win the Medal of Honor.

“John Dies at the End” finally opens here, at the Enzian. Surreal, silly, very dark horror comedy with Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown in chewy supporting roles.  Not bad at all.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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