Opening in Las Vegas, May 20, 2016

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We have our first movie (that I know of) based on an app, with The Angry Birds Movie (43). I have no knowledge of what this means, other than it’s about a bird that gets angry. My phone game is Words With Friends, so I’ll wait for that film adaptation. Tom Huddleston: “If you loved the game, you might enjoy watching the script contort itself into ever more zany shapes to incorporate the necessary elements: giant slings, teetering towers, boomeranging toucans. But it’s not enough to counteract the tiresome, sub-Lego Movie snarkiness of the script or the bright, busy and unengaging animation.”

I didn’t see the first Neighbors, and I doubt I’ll see the second, horribly titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (58), but it is getting some surprisingly good reviews. Seth Rogen’s shtick has pretty well worn itself out with me. Leah Greenblatt: “You’ll probably laugh hard more than once; Sorority Rising is still rich in bikinis and bong rips and boner jokes. It just doesn’t have much heart.”

The movie that interests me is The Nice Guys (70), not because of its stars, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, or it’s writer-director Shane Black, who has served some stints in movie jail, but because I’m a sucker for sleazy ’70s private eye movies. It looks like a cross between Inherent Vice and Boogie Nights, but probably without P.T. Anderson’s genius. Joe Morgenstern: “A consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy.”

Finally there is The Meddler (68), with Susan Sarandon as Rose Byrne’s mother (that’s two opportunities to see Byrne this weekend) that is being reviewed well. Might be a sleeper. Kevin Jagernauth: “While slight, the film’s genuine feeling and overall comedic consistency has enough breezy charm to make it go down easy and pleasurably.”

 

 

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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