Another week is behind us, and another weekend is upon us. And while all weekends are cause for celebration, this one in particular is special, at least for those of us living in the U.S. Yes, it’s Memorial Day, a time for careful reflection on and remembrance of those brave men and women who laid down their lives for our country. With that in mind, what better way to honor their memory than by spending your extra day off watching a movie about a talking smart-alec panda that knows kung fu? If your grandpa’s brother were here instead of at the bottom on the Pacific Ocean, I’m sure he’d be doing the same thing.
So, what’s playing? Let me tell you…
The Hangover: Part II
If you haven’t looked at a paper, watched TV, or gone on line for the past two months, maybe you can be forgiven for no knowing that The Hangover: Part II is here.
And it seems whether or not you love it or hate it, everyone agrees that it’s basically the exact same movie as the original, except with a darker tone.
This is everything we loved about The Hangover and more all new epic, outrageous comedy.
Fred Topel – ScreenJunkies.com
One of the most uninspired and unoriginal sequels you’ll ever see. Or not see, if you’re lucky.
Richard Roeper – RichardRoeper.com
Well, our own Fred Topel liked it, so I’m going to default to him. That said, this film is currently at 33% on Rotten Tomatoes
, which means that he is certainly in the minority. So if you don’t agree with Fred, you basically hate minorities.
Kung Fu Panda II
As far as talking bears that know kung fu are concerned, Kung Fu Panda has to be one of the most famous.
And according to the overwhelming consensus, this followup to the original does not disappoint.
The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there’s boundless energy.
– The Chicago Sun-Times
Accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor.
A.O. Scott – New York Times
With nearly 80% of critics liking the film, who are we to say you shouldn’t see it? But do keep in mind that if you’re over the age of 30 and you go to the film alone, you will be mistaken for a pedophile.
Tree of Life
Terrence Malick‘s newest film, Tree of Life, won the coveted Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
If your immediate response is “That sounds gay,” this movie probably isn’t for you. Go see The Hangover: Part II
Some will dismiss its overarching themes and elliptical visuals as pretentious. Others might question its quasi-biblical images. But the artistry in every frame is undeniable.
Claudia Puig – USA
[Malick is] a meticulous visionary who knows where to place a camera, but he hasn’t a clue
about how to tell a story with simplicity and coherence.
Rex Reed – New York Observer
If you fancy your self a film buff, or at the very least a wanna be film snob, this film is a must see, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in a city where it’s playing. Also, if you can, go stoned.