May 15 2015

Pitch Perfect 2

After falling from grace in an ill fated performance at Lincoln Center the Barden Bellas, a college A cappella group, must fight to find their way to the top of their game and re-gain their right to perform once again; Meanwhile, the imposing and perfect German group Das Sound Machine will prove to be a formidable opponent, will the Bellas have what it takes to overcome?pitch2 First time Director but known actress Elizabeth Banks is at the helm this go round in what can best be described as the wicked and sharp comedy sequel that pulls no punches. Bringing back Ensemble favorites such as Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, and Brittany Snow, there’s little change in plot time through. But, with more cameo appearances from musical/comedic legends than one can shake a stick at, Flula Borg, Reggie Watts, Keegan-Michael Key, Snoop, the list goes on, there’s plenty to stay on the alert for. Sadly, like most comedic sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 does seem to fall into the same pitfalls as almost all who’ve gone before it, a repetition of material, but louder and with less result. Most likely a rental later Pitch Perfect 2 is rated PG-13.

May 8 2015

Hot Pursuit

Embodying the personality and traits of Dragnet’s Joe Friday, Rose Cooper (Reese Witherspoon), is a diminutively sized uptight cop charged with the duty of protecting the sexy widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as the two are chased through Texas by dirty cops and evil henchmen. Can justice find its way out of this paper bag?hotpursuit Suffering from an acute humor anemia this supposed action comedy manages to drum up perhaps three solid and memorable sequences, which sadly is just not enough to carry the film overall. Albeit efforts made by Witherspoon and Vergara seem evident, the material just doesn’t have enough depth to mine. The only thing right here feels like the overall runtime, just shy of 90 minutes you won’t feel like you’ve wasted too much of your time, ouch. Hot Pursuit is rated PG-13.

May 8 2015

The D Train

Pittsburgh PA, The head of the class of 1994 high school reunion committee, Dan Landsman (Jack Black), tasks himself with bringing Banana Boat Suntan lotion commercial star Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) back from L.A. to attend the class reunion. Success in his mission will earn Landsman the respect of his peers, and perhaps credit for saving the reunion; on the other hand, failure could lead to a self deprecating destruction, fate is in the balance.dtrain Written and Directed by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, what starts out as a potentially interesting story quickly falls flat in its execution and delivery; simply put the expected laugh count just isn’t there, instead, uncomfortable stretches of poor decisions lead to more cringe worthy reactions– and still the final result, a resound shoulder shrug. Keep swinging the axe, you’ll get em next time gang. The D Train is rated R.