Friday, July 24, 2015



This week in theaters we have the sci-fi comedy "Pixels" which rounded up some pretty bad reviews and joined a long line of films starring Adam Sandler to receive a good thrashing from critics. Then there's the teen romantic drama "Paper Towns" which is based on a novel by John Green. And if you're looking for something a little grittier, there is the boxing drama "Southpaw" starring Jake Gyllenhaal in one of his best roles. For horror fans, the exorcism flick "The Vatican Tapes" begins a limited run in theaters. More about each movie after the jump.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


Pixels Movie Image

Official Synopsis

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Film Details

Pixels Movie Poster
  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Jane Krakowski, Sean Bean, Dan Aykroyd

  • Director: Chris Columbus

  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 105 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 20% (18 fresh, 71 rotten, score: 3.9/10).
  • Metacritic: 27 out of 100 (2 positive, 9 mixed, 22 negative).


Paper Towns Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.

Film Details

Paper Towns Movie Poster
  • Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Cara Buono, Jaz Sinclair

  • Director: Jake Schreier

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

  • Running Time: 109 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 58% (36 fresh, 26 rotten, score: 6.0/10).
  • Metacritic: 57 out of 100 (10 positive, 14 mixed, 1 negative).



Official Synopsis

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award (R) nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award (R) winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Film Details

Southpaw (2015) Poster
  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz

  • Director: Antoine Fuqua

  • Genre: Drama, Sport

  • Running Time: 123 min.

  • Rating: R for language throughout, and some violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 55% (67 fresh, 55 rotten, score: 5.7/10).
  • Metacritic: 56 out of 100 (13 positive, 21 mixed, 3 negative).


The Vatican Tapes

Official Synopsis

THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it.

Film Details

Vatican Tapes Poster
  • Starring: Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, Michael Paré, Cas Anvar

  • Director: Mark Neveldine

  • Genre: Horror

  • Running Time: 91 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for disturbing violent content, and some sexual references

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 20% (3 fresh, 12 rotten, score: 3.5/10).
  • Metacritic: 43 out of 100 (1 positive, 4 mixed, 2 negative).

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