What’s Playing This Weekend? (June 17th)

Friday, June 17 by
 

It’s a great week to be a movie fan. Of course course by “great,” I mean “abysmal.” Neither of the two major releases were able to break the 50% mark on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, if you combine the two, the score is still below 70%. So if it’s a good new release you’re after, I hope you live near a major city, because you’re going to have to hit up a limited release.

So, what’s playing this weekend?

Green Lantern

The Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, tells the story of a man who is transported to a far-away planet and enlisted in a intergalactic military/police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Based on the critical reception alone, this film is everything a summer movie should be.

33 photos‘Green Lantern’ Stills…And Stills…And Stills

Just kidding. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 24%, it looks like almost no one will enjoy this CGI heavy Comic Book adaptation. Then again, our own Fred Topel liked it (click here for his review), so maybe I’m wrong.

Best Review
Serves up all the requisite elements with enough self-deprecating humor to suggest it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Todd McCarthy – Hollywood Reporter

Worst Review
As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it’s both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop.

Tom Long – Detroit News

Our Recommendation
If it’s a comic book movie you want, go and see X-Men: First Class, or wait for Captain America to come out. If neither of those options sound appealing, then just stay home and have sex with your girlfriend. (Insert your own “comic book guys don’t get laid” joke here).

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Starring Jim Carrey and a bunch of birds, this film tells the story of a New York business man who inherits six penguins. Sounds plausible.

5 photosPeep Out ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Pics

Although it’s Rotten Tomatoes score is more respectable than Green Lantern’s, 43% is nothing to brag about. Click here for our review.

Best Review
With, say, Eddie Murphy as the star, Mr. Popper’s Penguins might have been a glorified paycheck contrivance. But Carrey is so naturally stylized that he coaxes the film’s gentle, creature-feature insanity to life.

Owen Gleiberman – Entertainment Weekly

Worst Review
Everything about the idea of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.

Mick LaSalle – San Francisco Chronicle

Our Recommendation
If you have kids, this film might be a tolerable enough way to kill an hour and a half. Then again, if you have kids, you’ve already given up on life, so why even bother reading the reviews?

Buck

Well, they can’t all be bad, right? If you happen to live close to where Buck is playing, you might want to check it out.

The film currently has an 88% RT ratting, which is more than the previous two films combined. Buck tells the story of a real American Cowboy who is adept at training problem horses. It must be a lot better than it sounds on paper.

Best Review
This is going to sound corny, but here goes: “Buck” will make you want to be a better person.

Christy Lemire – Associated Press

Worst Review
I don’t know why, but I just can’t get all worked up over Dan (Buck) Brannaman, subject of the documentary “Buck.”

V.A. Musetto – New York Post

Our Recommendation
While a documentary about a guy hanging out with horses might not seem all that exciting, the reviews are positive across the board. But clearly, it’s not for everybody. If crappy CGI and aliens with lanterns is more your style, you know where to turn.

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COMMENTS

  1. June 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    Biasedreporting

    “Our Recommendation”…and your the experts? Since when?


  2. June 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    Anonymous

    Since I learned the difference between “your” and “you’re.” 


  3. June 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    Screenflunkies

    ol Jame Gumb must be the expert here


  4. June 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    Anonymous

    Are you arguing with yourself now, because the matching IP addresses would suggest that.