THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE || Quality-wise, “The Angry Birds Move” rivals anything Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks is putting out, bringing this cellphone app to life. Even the voice cast is acceptable, with Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage leading the charge. But the story is a little dull and the laughs a little few and far between and for that it simply remains a good looking, but average animation venture.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING || What the original “Neighbors” had in the form of two likable factions pitted against each other is almost completely abandoned in the sequel, with the sorority that is placed against Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne lacking any sort of redeemable qualities as far as I was concerned. However, the comedy veterans in this are good enough to keep it afloat.
MANHATTAN NIGHT || What looks like another take on the “Fatal Attraction” story, a family man played by Adrien Brody finds himself in bed with the gorgeous Yvonne Strahovski after he agrees to help find out what happened to her deceased husband. But when Yvonne starts to intertwine into Brody’s life, all hell breaks loose. Brody and Strahovski both look great here.
THE NICE GUYS || Absolutely hilarious, “The Nice Guys” is an excellent throwback to 70s buddy comedies. Ryan Gosling continues to prove he is one of the best actors on the screen today and despite being ripped apart by the critics, Russell Crowe does a decent job in his role as well, providing the muscle to the group and playing off of Gosling extremely well. The villains are little out of place in this, but there are so many laughs and so many great set pieces, that multiple viewings are a must.