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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Brief thoughts of Turbo, Red 2, Girl Most Likely, R.I.P.D., and The Conjuring

 Once again, Hollywood dumps a bunch of films on the marketplace all at once.  Five new releases hit the cinema this week.  Seeing as how I’m not in the proper mood to give these films my usual thoroughness, I’m just going to rapid fire my thoughts.


TURBO looks like a giant step back from the quality that Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 have taken the family movie.  However, this movie should be light years better than the one that comes out in a few weeks.


RED 2 could be fun.  The first one worked despite its ridiculous premise.  I am hesitant to give this my seal of approval, though.  I’ve not seen enough to give me any indication which way I’ll lean.


GIRL MOST LIKELY has Kristen Wiig attempting to pull off her best impersonation of Steve Carrell.  While Steve can be successful in these indie roles, there’s something about Kristen that shuts me off.  I’ve not seen Bridesmaids so that could be a major reason why she doesn’t connect with me just yet.


R.I.P.D. is this year’s Men in Black, to draw a comparison that I am not alone in making.  The seasoned veteran takes on a rookie funnyman as they take on bizarre cases has been done to death, literally in this case.  That being said, Jeff Bridges is a constant joy to watch, even when the movie he’s in is of poor quality.  Ryan Reynolds can turn in good work as well.  He was not the reason the Green Lantern failed a few years ago.  This film will live or die by the script and direction.  If it makes more than Pacific Rim, I’ll be majorly disappointed.


THE CONJURING probably holds the most promise this weekend.  It’s a haunted house horror flick in the vein of The Amityville Horror and directed by James Wan, the man behind the original Saw.  The trailer looks creepy in all the best ways.  I’ll overlook the PG-13 rating for now.


I’m going to shut it off here.  Tune in next time when Hugh Jackman takes one more stab at a solo X-Men adventure.  Until then, please Hollywood.  Space out your releases.

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