3 new offerings from Hollywood in theaters this weekend – a comedy, a drama, and a teen flick. See the trailers and get critics’ reviews here
Pixels – PG-13
The latest offering from Adam Sandler has aliens misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, so they attack us . . . with video game characters like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and those things from Space Invaders.
Kevin James plays the president, and Adam Sandler is his childhood friend, who was the Pac-Man World Champion when he was a kid. They join two other hardcore gamers, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, and use their skills to save the world.
Critics Consensus from Rotten Tomatoes: Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.
South Paw – R
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a boxing champ whose license is suspended after he gets in a fight outside the ring, and someone dies.
Rachel McAdams is his wife, 50 Cent is his manager, and Forest Whitaker is the retired boxer who trains him for his comeback against the guy who cost him his family.
Critics Consensus from Rotten Tomatoes: Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.
Paper Towns – PG-13
Based on a book written by John Green, the same guy who did “The Fault in Our Stars,”
Nat Wolff is a high school senior who goes on an all-night adventure with the girl he has a crush on, played by Cara Delevingne. He helps her get revenge on her cheating boyfriend, and other friends who’ve wronged her.
But when she goes missing the next day, he makes it his mission to decipher the clues she’s left behind, and figure out what really happened to her.
Critics Consensus from Rotten Tomatoes: Paper Towns isn’t as deep or moving as it wants to be, yet it’s still earnest, well-acted, and thoughtful enough to earn a place in the hearts of teen filmgoers of all ages.