This weekend marks one of the only weekends this summer that won’t be invaded by superheros, aliens, or gigantic morphing robots. It will however welcome the return of Kevin James in a kids movie. But don’t fret! There are other options available to you. An air-conditioned theater can still be your sanctuary.
So, what’s playing this weekend?
Takes a thin premise and milks it for all its worth, riding a witty script and super-strong cast to comedic glory.
Stephen Silver – Patch
Look at how crazy is the craziness we are doing for you. Isn’t it crazy? the movie shouts, and the more it does, the less you’ll laugh.
Kyle Smith – New York Post
If you’re a fan of the actors, and like a dark comedy that doesn’t get so dark you feel uncomfortable, then give Horrible Bosses a shot. Jennifer Aniston also has a real whorish mouth in it. She’s come a long way since Friends.
Judging by the 13% it’s currently receiving on Rotten Tomatoes, you should avoid this movie like Kevin James should avoid trans fats. And yes, I know fat jokes are easy, but that doesn’t make them any less funny.
James is appealing enough to make it work – just barely.
Chris Hewitt – St Paul Pioneer Press
Offensive to women, men, children, parents, WASPs, Asians, African-Americans, animals and zookeepers … a movie with no conceivable audience.
Steven D. Greydanus – Decent Films Guide
If your kid desires to see this one, drop him or her off at the theater with a crisp $10 bill, make your way over to the nearest strip club for their extensive buffet, and return ninety minutes later not feeling like you want to end your life.
The film’s rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes would indicate that this isn’t John Carpenter’s best work since Halloween.
Basically, this is a ghost story merged with a slasher film and sealed with Shutter Island twist. But at least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you.
Owen Gleiberman – Entertainment Weekly
Continues the painful decline of a director who seems more nostalgic for past glories than excited about new ideas.
Jeannette Catsoulis – New York Times
Re-watch Halloween and The Thing.
About a chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. So basically, the reverse of Tarzan.
Critics are loving this documentary, granting it a 95% thus far.
“Project Nim” is practically irresistible. The story keeps getting odder and richer and more complicated.
Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune
Another singular case exploited and expanded to look ordinary.
Chris Cabin – Filmcritic.com
How can a movie starring a cute baby monkey be bad? It can’t be, damnit.