July 2, 2010, - 8:45 pm
Unusual for a Fourth of July/Independence Day Holiday weekend, there are no blockbusters at the movies this weekend, unless you consider the teen angst rehash, “Twilight: Eclipse,” to be one. And despite huge opening ticket sales, I don’t. It’s not a major movie, great epic, or thrilling action adventure, just a movie aimed at teen girls. Here are my reviews of what’s new this week at the movies (yes, it’s another must-rent weekend):
* “Cyrus“: Probably the creepiest movie of the summer, this dark comedy tells the story of a socially-inept, loser, divorced bachelor (John C. Reilly) who romances a single mother (Marisa Tomei) whose relationship with her 21-year-old son (Jonah Hill) is bizarre and far too close. The son gets in the way and pulls mind games to sabotage the relationship. Very funny, but kinda gross and uncomfortable, too. Playing mostly at arthouse movies for a reason. Definitely not for kids for so many reasons.
Watch the trailer . . .
* “The Last Airbender“: Read my complete review here. Expensive special effects are unspectacular in a similarly unspectacular action adventure that isn’t very thrilling. Yes, it’s good versus evil as two eskimo-type kids try to save the last young monk who can bend air from the evil fire lord. But not good enough to make it worthwhile. Again, read my full review.
* “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse“: Read my complete review here. Sullen, annoying repeat of the second movie in the Twilight installment, except that it’s more boring and contains references to a gang rape, as well as graphic scenes of dismemberment and decapitation. Vampire versus werewolf over a glum, masculine teen girl, the sequel. Yawn. Again, read my full review.
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