Weekend Movies — “Diary” and “Gift” great notices, “Ricki” and “Shaun” not bad, “Fantastic Four” = Fiasco

rick2The weekend reviews are in. And it’s August. So even the well-reviewed pictures have their work cut out for them.

But for what it’s worth, the thriller “The Gift” collected top drawer reviews, as did the smaller narrower release “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” Effusive.

Meryl Streep earns her usual plaudits for her Classic Rock Generation musical melodramedy — “Ricki and the Flash.”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie” won lots of love, on all fronts. Not much story, ZERO dialogue, very SMALL kid friendly, stop motion animation antics at their best.

But “Fantastic Four” didn’t aim for the kiddie audience this time. And the reboot, cynical and stupid and dark and dim, with no money spent on villains and just one KILLER effect (a black hole moment where trees and what not are sucked into space, you’ve seen it in the trailer) is getting killed. KILLED. Heartless, not a smart move on Miles Teller’s part. Yeah, he collected a big post-“Whiplash” check, but man. Worth it? No.

About Roger Moore

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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