So… movies continued to come out this week, but not screened for critics. Instead, we decided to take a breath and run down our five favorite movies of the year (in no particular order) along with two honorable mentions from each of us. Then we gush over the movies we’re excited about for the rest of the year.
Worst to first, we have the remake of Ben-Hur, semi-true story about Iraq military contractor dude bros War Dogs, new modern western classic Hell or High Water, and animated masterpiece Kubo and the Two Strings (coming soon to an Oscar win for Best Animated Feature near you)
It’s a weird assortment of movies this week, with Pete’s Dragon, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Sausage Party. We go in order from most kid-friendly to adult and tell you where you can find us at Salt Lake Comic Con Sept 1-3.
Suicide Squadconfounds critics and critical aggregators, but kills it at the box office. Adam and Andy break down everything wrong with the movie, everything right with it, and everything wrong with Rotten Tomatoes.
Bad Moms – When good moms decide to blow off all the things they do to keep their kids’ lives running, this is what happens. Also musical montages. Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate steal the movie. Adam gives it 8/10 and Andy went a bit lower at a 6.5/10 for not being as cohesive as it could’ve been, and his longer review is here.
Batman: The Killing Jokeis the adaptation of the 1988 graphic novel and it is a beautiful translation of the source material to screen. But it still retains a lot of its problematic elements and the tacked-on first act doesn’t help. We go really in depth on this, and this is a longer opinion article by Andy, but both agree this is a 7/10.
Jason Bournehas Jason Bourne in it! And shaky cam! And questionable depictions of technology! And ridiculous car chases sponsored by Dodge Charger! But Matt Damon and the rest of the cast are great. This isn’t as good as the first two, but better than the most recent one. 7/10 and a more full review here.
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