The Runaways – From the original review by Toronto Movies Examiner: “The Runaways is half a good movie…the formation and first tour of the band is electrifying. Canadian Director Floria Sigismondi does an excellent job of recreating the gaudiness and heady experimentation of the ’70s but keeps it authentic so that the music and the performances are the stars of the show. That’s why it’s so disappointing when the last half of the film almost undoes all the good up to that point.”
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Special Features: An excellent feature-length commentary with Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Joan Jett and a making-of doc.
The Losers – From the original review by Toronto Movies Examiner: “…generic, lacking in coherant story and stylistically, a retread of every other comic book adaptation released in the last few years…but that’s probably not going to matter much to anyone who digs these kinds of movies. The excellent cast mostly make up for the shortfalls though, and are clearly having a blast.”
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Special Features: None on the DVD – the Blu-Ray boasts several featurettes with cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
Cop Out – Individually, the key players in this film: 30 Rock‘s hilarious/mentally unstable Tracy Morgan; smug but endearing aging action star Bruce Willis and love him or hate him Director Kevin Smith, are usually a good sign that a film will be at least marginally enjoyable. Throw them all together however, and you have a giant mess of a buddy cop movie that struggles to find a tone and brand of humour that’s consistent throughout. That would be okay if there were at least some cool action sequences or some heartstring-tugging scenes showcasing the bond between the partners, but alas, there’s none of the above. In fact, the entire exercise seems like an excuse to pull off a bunch of lame sight gags that spoof cop movies, not unlike those awful Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer parody films that pop up every couple of years or so (look for their latest, Vampires Suck, next month).
One wonders how the film would have fared if movie geek Smith had actually written it instead of just directing a screenplay by TV writers Mark and Robb Cullen who can’t seem to step away from their cheesy 1980s nighttime soap sensibility. Probably better, if only for the Silent Bob cameo.
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Special Features: The Blu-Ray is packed with featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage.
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