Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekend Wrapup: 'Fruitvale' Above the 'Rim'

It was a decent weekend for movies with at least one really solid picture, one pretty good one and one - well, umm - not so great one.

Ryan Coogler's debut, "Fruitvale Station," was a powerful and - sadly - timely tale of a young black man unjustly gunned down by a police officer. The film, which is based on a true 2008 incident in Oakland, features a knockout lead performance by Michael B. Jordan, who will always be Wallace to me.

In other news, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" is, on the one hand, not much different from your average summer blockbuster and bears some strong similarities to the work of Michael Bay - at least in terms of plot and action sequence style. On the other hand, it's a smarter film with better talent behind the camera, some decent special effects and some solid supporting performances. Still, I'd rather see del Toro doing something along the lines of "Pan's Labyrinth" or "The Devil's Backbone," rather than this.

And you may not be shocked to hear that "Grown Ups 2" is pretty bad. It's not as bad as "That's My Boy," but that doesn't take much.

Here are my Patch reviews.

This coming weekend, I'll catch Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," James Wan's "The Conjuring" and either "RIP'd" or "Red 2," most likely the former.

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