Boy, sometimes the weekends are exciting, and sometimes the best you can do is summon a tired "meh." This weekend would be one of those second weekends. Although at least one film here is directed by an Academy Award-winning director, the critical buzz this weekend says that this is one where, if you've missed any of the other big blockbusters from this summer, now would be the weekend to go see them.
Here are the movies opening June 20, 2014:
Jersey Boys - Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Mike Doyle. Have you been a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fan your entire life? Were you constantly getting tickets to see the Broadway version of this film? Then you will likely be pleased with this Clint Eastwood-directed version of the story of how Frankie and his friends became the Four Seasons. They are the titular Jersey boys who struggle to get out of their working class neighborhood, avoid a life in the mob, and become the singing superstars that they became. Critics have been mixed, with most of them leaning towards the negative side on this one. Most say it is a curiously joyless film, despite some great musical numbers. Rated R.
Think Like a Man Too - Taraji Henson, Gabrielle Union, Adam Brody. If you were a fan of the first film, this one offers much of the same. All of the couples from the first film are back in this one. This time they are all out to celebrate the coming nuptials in Las Vegas. Things go awry and hilarity ensues. This one is getting savaged by critics who say that there is nothing particularly funny, entertaining or new in this film. Rated PG-13.
The Rover - Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Anthony Hayes. A post-apocalyptic movie set in the Australian Outback. This takes place 10 years after society has collapsed. Pearce plays a man who wanders from broken town to broken town in the Outback. A roving band of thieves steals his car, the one thing in this sad world he cares about, but they leave behind one of their own who has been wounded. Now the two of them track down the gang to get that vehicle back. This one is getting very big and positive critical buzz and might be the one worth seeing this weekend - if you can find it. Rated R.