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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Much Ado About Nothing' For 'The Internship;' 'Wish You Were Here' For 'The Purge'

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by Emma Bernstein
June 7, 2013 2:46 PM
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The studios have been busy, it seems, preparing for this first June weekend. The bevy of comedies, thrillers, adaptations, docs, and psycho killer little girl stories landing at the multiplexes and art houses are like a big neon sign that reads, "SUMMERTIME!" And really, what says summer better than a movie about interning? (We're talking to you, college students.) Maybe one about a 12-hour period of sanctioned lawlessness? (That's for all those who remember when summer was actually a vacation.) Whatever hearkens the season best, there is so much on the release slate today, you may need a to-do list to make it through the titles. And we'd love to know which films will make your top slots, so clue us in using the comments section below!

"The Internship." Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Our review: " 'The Internship' isn't particularly good, going down every predictable road imaginable...and as a movie (or piece of cinema), it's rather pitiful, but despite all this, it's far, far better than it has any right to be." Metacritic: 41 Rotten Tomatoes: 33% The Playlist: C

"The Purge." Directed by James DeMonaco. Starring Ethan HawkeLena Headey, Adelaide KaneMax BurkholderEdwin Hodge, and Rhys Wakefield. Our review: "One of the things that makes 'The Purge,' a new high-concept horror movie about a utopian society with a very dark secret, so refreshing, is that it actually takes the time to engage in some truly provocative and subversive ideas, and what's more -- these thematic interests never come at the expense of the thrills. 'The Purge' manages to be smart, scary, and subversive. In the current horror landscape, this is much rarer than a demonic possession or capturing a ghost on videotape." MC: 43 RT: 44% PL: B+


"Much Ado About Nothing." Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Nathan FillionClark Gregg, Franz KlineJillian MorgeseAlexis DenisofAmy Acker, and Sean Maher. Our review: "Its off-the-cuff nature makes for a film that is not flawless -- the music is a bit daft, and some of the acting a little too 'large' for the intimate setting -- but is, from beginning to end, delightful. One gets the sense that this is less of an 'Avengers' stop-gap for its director, and more a bold little battery-charger. Whatever Whedon's intent, for audiences, it is one of 2012's most unexpected treats." MC: 76 RT: 81% PL: A-

"Wish You Were Here." Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith. Starring Joel EdgertonFelicity PriceTeresa Palmer, and Antony Starr. Our review: "Smith's Australian import inspires a deluge of possibilities and provocative thoughts in its audiences' heads, but languid pacing undermines the too-simple and ultimately too-conventional revelations that wrap up its simmering mysteries. Nevertheless, strong performances from the four leads sustains its unhurried approach far longer than the payoff deserves." MC: 60 RT: 73% PL: C

"Violet & Daisy." Directed by Geoffrey Fletcher. Starring Alexis BledelSaoirse Ronan, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, and Marianne Jean-BaptisteOur review: " 'Violet & Daisy' is, in many ways, about girls and death and pop culture and friendship, and you may find the distracted profusion of dramatic elements doesn't match the articulate expression of Vanja Cernjul's camerawork, Joe Klotz's editing and Patrizia von Brandenstein's set design. MC: 43 RT: 18% PL: C-

"Syrup." Directed by

Aram Rappaport. Starring Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, and Brittany Snow. All (very pretty) surface, no substance. Kind of like the titular soft drink sweetener. MC: no score yet RT: no score yet

"Rapture-Palooza." Directed by Paul Middleditch. Starring Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Craig Robinson, and Tom Lennon. A deliciously wicked and blasphemous premise comes out half-baked -- neither the story nor the actors ever push the funny far enough. MC: 47 RT: 30%

"Dirty Wars." Directed by

Richard Rowley. Informative, thorough, engaging, and featuring a highly passionate protagonist with a significant issue to explore -- this one is definitely worth your time. MC: 76 RT: 93%

"Tiger Eyes." Directed by
Lawrence Blume. Starring Willa Holland,

Amy Jo Johnson, Tatanka Means, and Cynthia Stevenson. The story is familiar, and not just because it's a well-loved Judy Blume book. However, much of the source material's perceptiveness and relatability comes through, and a solid performance from Holland does much to anchor the film. MC: 56 RT: 71%

"The Prey." Directed by Eric Valette. Starring Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Sergi Lopez, and Stephane Debac. A slick, well-acted thriller that hardly needs to veer from the expected formula to create a wildly entertaining and heart-thumping ride. MC: 56 RT: 61%


"You Ain't See Nothin' Yet!" Directed by Alain Resnais. Starring Michel Piccoli, Mathieu Almaric, Lambert WilsonAnne Consigny, Sabine Azema, and Pierre Arditi. Our review: "Resnais [is] a humanist, and 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!' is a testament to his positive outlook on not only the possibility of cinema, but the possibilities of life. You simply need to believe in the possibilities to enjoy." MC: 68 RT: 82% PL: A-

"Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie." Directed by Seth KramerDaniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. Our review admits that the film is liberal in its "embellishment, allowing personal stories about Downey to fuel animated re-enactments that trivialize rather than penetrate." MC: 69 RT: 80% PL: C

"As Cool As I Am." Directed by
Max Mayer. Starring Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger, and James Marsden. A tired story with underwhelming visual heft and limited performances that reads closer to a TV movie than a feature film. MC: 28 RT: 0%

"The Rambler." Directed by
Calvin Lee Reeder. Starring Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, and Natasha Lyonne. A thin storyline and poorly rendered visual effects create a tedious, if blood-spattered, movie-going experience. MC: 32 RT: 50%

"Hey Bartender." Directed by

Douglas Tirola. A fun, vaguely interesting trip through high-end mixology that is mostly about the reliving of a great night out in New York. MC: 45 RT: 56%

"One Mile Above." Directed by
Jiayi Du. Starring Bryan Chang, Li Xiaochuan, Li Tao, and Michael Chang. The based-on-a-true-story coverage of a man's cycle journey to the highest point in Tibet is visually arresting, if not emotionally so. MC: no score yet RT: no score yet


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