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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing The Internship, The Purge, and Renoir

 I commend anybody that made it through to this past Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” while remaining unspoiled.  The look of devastation on their faces was priceless from the various reactions videos that one can catch on YouTube.  I wish I could count myself among them but some random jerk spoiled it for me on a message board two years ago.  I now try to take extra precautions when looking on those boards.  I just wish I can have those same reactions as the videos.

 

Anyways, now it’s time to get to the matter at hand.  Three films (2 new, 1 limited) are being released onto the Lexington market.  Let’s check out the good, bad, and ugly of…

 

THE INTERNSHIP

 

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. *

 

The Good – Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reteam to become our search engine.  Their last starring role together was the surprise hit Wedding Crashers.  That film earned more than $200 Million in the United States alone.  That’s very impressive for an R-Rated comedy.  So it would make natural sense to try and have lightning strike twice.  They’re both gifted comedians, who usually stand out as one of the best parts of a movie, even when the movie is poor.  With the history between these two, I’m guessing this movie will make quite a bit.

 

The Bad – One problem.  I didn’t like Wedding Crashers, feeling that it overstayed its welcome by a good 30 minutes.  The last act when Owen Wilson’s character began crashing other events had me rolling my eyes and glancing at my watch every minute.  This film is the same length as that one.  Maybe director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, A Night at the Museum) can keep the pace going.  And there’s the second problem.  Comedy trailers are supposed to make you laugh, right?  I sat through all 2:30 minutes of it and did not crack a smile once. 

 

The Ugly – I wish I had some interns.  It’d be nice to order people around for free.

 

The Internship is rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language.

 

THE PURGE

 

A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

 

Brief Thoughts – This premise looks stupid.  Why would any government allow a condition as a 12 hour free pass to be enacted?  I know.  Don’t think too critically of the background.  It is a silly horror movie.  But with Ethan Hawke attached, there might be some hope for a stupidly giddy fun time at the theaters.

 

The Purge is rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language.

 

RENOIR

 

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

 

Brief Thoughts – Ummmmm…  No.  This is  far from my type of film.  So I’ll pass.

 

Renoir is rated R for sequences of art-related nudity and brief language.

 

That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when Michael Shannon will make you kneel before him.  Until then, remain unsullied from spoilers, but keep away from the unsullied in Westeros.  It’s for the best.

 

*all movie summaries taken from IMDB.com

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