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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? ‘Bullet To The Head’ & ‘Stand Up Guys’ Are ‘Warm Bodies’ In Theaters

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Bullet To The Head' & 'Stand Up Guys' Are 'Warm Bodies' In Theaters

Docs, docs, docs. That’s what we’re selling folks, so get ’em while they’re still hot. An American mayor, Israeli intelligence agents, professional hockey players, and Dave Grohl lead the way on the documetary front. Alternatively, you could temper all that reality with a heavy dose of cinematic illusion and façade: aging hitmen, gun-toting Lolitas fighting the good fight for gender equality, and the walking undead, oh my! (And yes, by “façade,” we do mean “Sly’s perfectly and uncannily preserved face.”) Which direction will you take this weekend? Or are you watching the Super Bowl with the rest of America? Let us know in the comments below!

Bullet to the Head.” Directed by Walter Hill. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, and Christian Slater. Our review: “There is absolutely nothing defensible about the movie’s leering treatment of women, or the casual racism played frequently for laughs, or even the utter nihilism of its hero, but it’s so patently unrepentant, and so oddly even-handed in having all of its characters seem mindbendingingly dumb, that it kind of gets a pass.” Metacritic: 49 Rotten Tomatoes: 47% The Playlist: B-

Warm Bodies.” Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich, and Rob Corddry. Our review: “‘Warm Bodies’ never truly commits to the wit and reinvention it promises. The picture leans on a iPod ready playlist of songs — to help connect the feeling of exile and heartache shared between our zombie lead and teenagers everywhere — and episodic, rom-com moments to try and bring this undead story life, when a bit more brains might have helped.” MC: 60 RT: 77% PL: C
Stand Up Guys.” Directed by Fisher Stevens. Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Mark Margolis, and Alan Arkin. Our review: “Given an embarrassment of riches in this cast, director Fisher Stevens bungles the opportunity, running them through lame goombah tropes and hooligan-ish up-all-night misbehavior best suited to someone like Todd Phillips (or, in a darker vein, Abel Ferarra).” MC: 40 RT: 31% PL: D+
The Gatekeepers.” Directed by Dror Moreh. Our review: “This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic so volatile it feels like it’s just waiting to explode. And as a film, it’s effective – for the most part.” MC: 88 RT: 91% PL: B+

Koch.” Directed by Neil Barsky. The documentary about the 105th mayor of New York — its release coinciding with the sad news of his death this morning — provides a thorough and engaging factual history, but fails to award the space or time necessary to delve into Ed Koch’s complicated psyche with the depth this subject deserves. MC: 70 RT: 80%

Sound City.” Directed by Dave Grohl. Our review: “‘Sound City’ is a vibrant and vital tribute to a piece of recording and rock history that could have been lost to the ether, and Grohl packages the story of this little studio with a detailed celebration of the craft and skill necessary to this kind of recording, all with a killer soundtrack.” MC: 74 RT: 100% PL: A-
Girls Against Boys.” Directed by Austin Chick. Starring Danielle Panabaker, and Nicole LaLiberte. Our review: “The movie has its issues…Still, its questionable politics might make it an even more rewarding film to watch again (and talk about afterwards). ‘Girls Against Boys’ is as messy as it is electrifying.” MC: 19 RT: 10% PL: B

The Last Gladiators.” Directed by Alex Gibney. This examination of NHL “enforcer” Chris “Knuckles” Nilan is more emotional and reflective than you might expect. MC: 55 RT: no score yet

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