Friday, February 7, 2014
5 movies to see, 5 to avoid this weekend in theaters
When in doubt, go see The Lego Movie.
First, the bad news: Here are five films you can skip if you're headed to the box office this weekend.
The Monuments Men -- The story of art experts hunting down masterpieces stolen by the Nazis never finds a cohesive identity.
Vampire Academy -- Sexy, flip and funnier than it has a right to be, this self-aware horror/action comedy is also slapdash and tedious at times.
Hank: 5 Years from the Brink -- This documentary centering on the 2008 financial crisis is more dutiful than enlightening.
Labor Day -- Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s escaped-convict love story stumbles with too much detail and not enough impact.
That Awkward Moment -- This R-rated comedy strains to find laughs and hide the fact that it’s straining.
Now some good news! Opt for these flicks instead:
The Lego Movie -- The building blocks break out of conformity in a hilarious look at how creativity can save the day.
Interior. Leather Bar -- This intriguing drama from James Franco explores issues of creative freedom with explicit screen depictions of gay sex.
Gloria -- You’ll be happy to meet Gloria, a woman who knows who she is and wants to keep enjoying life.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit -- This reboot of the franchise goes back to the origins of Jack Ryan, but can be formulaic.
The Invisible Woman -- Love, longing and regret take center stage in Ralph Fiennes’ film about Charles Dickens’ secret affair.