BOTTOM LINE: Funny, raunchy summer rom-com with a hip cast that the under-25 crowd will love.
It’s been a good year for sex. Between No Strings Attached, Hall Pass, andFriends With Benefits, it seems relationships are out and emotion-free fornication is in. Yet regardless of the somewhat stale premise, Friends With Benefits is as enjoyable and down-to-earth of a romantic comedy as you’re going to get in theatres these days. It really amounts to no more than a smartly cast version of No Strings Attached, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching.
BOTTOM LINE: Green Lantern’s light is almost nonexistent in this lifeless comic book adaptation.
Another summer, another string of superhero movies. With Thor and X-Men: First Class already out of the way, we move on to the only DC Entertainment offering this year: Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern.
With the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, DC has yet to show the potential Marvel Entertainment has shown in its line of comic book adaptations. Sadly, after an aggressive publicity push by Warner Bros., it turns out Green Lantern is nothing more than one more disappointing addition to the DC film library.
BOTTOM LINE: Offbeat romantic comedy that respectfully explores the roots of human joy and sorrow.
After taking a slight departure from their usual “type” with Hanna, Focus Features’ latest offering takes them back to what they’re known for: quiet, charming dramas. Directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is similar to other indies like A Serious Man and 500 Days of Summer in that it derives poignance from focusing more on how character and structure interact than plot.