The Danish child abuse melodrama “The Hunt” is earning the best reviews of the weekend. For a topical film about the falsely accused, a Lifetime Original Movie in Danish if you will, it’s quite good.
Warners’ latest incredibly expensive summer extravaganza, “Pacific Rim” is earning better notices than “Man of Steel.” Will this silly Godzilla/TRansformers/Starship Troopers mashup make any money? Maybe. In the countries around the Pacific Rim. Love that Ron Perlman. As does Guillermo del Toro.
Adam Sandler rounds up everybody he knows and loves for “Grown Ups 2,” a lazy, junky, not at all funny summer comedy that apparently appeals to some. How many? Surely his audience is aging out of the movie going habit. He’s not in the same league with Apatow’s disciples, the “Hangover” crowd and today’s current crop of funny folk. It is earning the worst reviews he’s ever gotten. And that’s saying something.
But Jeff Garlin’s my-pals-and-me comedy about Little League parents from Hell — “Dealin’ with Idiots” earned decent reviews. So this formula can work. Sometimes.
Even “V/H/S 2”, an omnibus horror collection which has a few good shorts, and a few bad ones, gets a pass from most. Me? Sort of.
“Pawn Shop Chronicles” could have been a cult hit. It’s not good enough, or quite bad enough to manage that. Mostly awful reviews for this one. I still love the idea of a “Redneck Pulp Fiction.” But the violence passes most people’s turn-off threshhold. It kills the fun.
“The Hot Flashes,” Susan Seidelman’s menopausal basketball comedy starring Brooke Shields, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes and Daryl Hannah isn’t going to cash in on the basis of good reviews. Formulaic, tepid in the laughs department. Well intentioned, but…