Weekend Preview – August 2, 2013

What the Smurf?  There’s not much out there this weekend 🙁

The Smurfs 2 Poster

The Smurfs 2

Starring a good amount of talent who I won’t name for fear of tarnishing their reputations, The Smurfs 2 is the sequel that apparently somebody wanted.  I just don’t know who.

Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creates the “Naughties.”  If Smurfs are matter, Naughties are anti-matter.  It’s all part of his evil plan.  What is that plan?  I don’t think it matters.  It probably involves taking over the world, or destroying all Smurfs, or something evil like that.  Seriously, why are you still reading this?  If you have kids that will laugh at anything at all, or you really can’t wait for Avatar 2 for your fix of blue people, go ahead and see it.  Otherwise steer clear.  (Disclaimer – I didn’t actually watch this one, but really, did I need to?)

Trailer:

______________________________________

2Guns Poster

2Guns

I also missed out on this one, so I can’t tell you how good it is or isn’t. Mark Walberg and Denzel Washington are a couple of government agents both working the same job, both thinking the other is part of the mob. When it turns out they were set up, they have to work together to stay alive and stop the people out to burn them.

From what I hear and going by other critics’ reviews, it’s pretty well split down the middle. It’s not a bad film, but nothing spectacular either. It’s probably worth your time if the plot and actors sound appealing.

Trailer:

______________________________________

Blue Jasmine Poster

Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett shines in Woody Allen‘s latest character drama as a woman who has fallen from the top of society to the bottom (at least in her perception).  Blanchett is really the only great thing about this movie.  Her performance as the fractured Jasmine is terrific, but the film on a whole is not that special.  It’s an above average drama with interesting characters, but it won’t win any awards from me.  You could do worse though.

Blue Jasmine is still in very limited release, expanding over the next few weeks.

Read my full review here.

Trailer: