Tony’s Movie Reviews: ‘Angry Birds,’ ‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’

SALT LAKE CITY May 20, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — As we go into the weekend with three new films, “Angry Birds,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and “The Nice Guys,” experts are predicting “Captain America: Civil War” will keep its No. 1 slot for another weekend, bringing in an estimated $44.5 million.

The animated film, “Angry Birds” will debut in second place with a predicted take of $39 million, according to ShowBiz Daily.

Not very far behind with an estimated $38 million haul will be the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” in third place.

“The Nice Guys” starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, is predicted to open with about $16 million, landing it in fourth place, while Disney’s “The Jungle Book” drops to fifth place, with an estimated $10 million box office.

The Reviews

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Chloe Grace Moretz
Rated R

After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.

“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” is exactly what you’d expect it would be. A raunchy, frat house, party film with a lot of insults and stereotypical characters. And, although it has a few funny moments in it, it really is just another in a long line from a tired format.

The film rehashes some of the first film with the thought of “Oh wait… it’s different because they’re girls!,” thinking the audience will be fooled into thinking something stale is fresh because the wrapper has been changed. But no dice.

“Neighbors 2” is just more of the same delivered with more smiles and just a few laughs. It gets a C and is rated R.

The Angry Birds Movie
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride
Rated PG

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds — or almost entirely.

In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders.

But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

I really wanted to like “The Angry Birds Movie,” but the film never really lets the audience in. Despite its well conceived animation, “Angry Birds,” needed more story and better character development.

Because the film has a colorful palate and good animation, “Angry Birds” will be a great Saturday feature for younger kids, but adults and the older teens will probably be ambiguous about the movie at best.

“The Angry Birds Movie” gets a C and is rated PG.

The Nice Guys
Starring: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling
Rated R

In this anti-buddy comedy, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling turn 1977 L.A. on its ear in this very funny comedy directed by Shane Black. Crowe and Gosling are well balanced as they bumble through a murder investigation with just about everyone on their heels.

“The Nice Guys” is a tip of the hat to great ’70s detective films and TV shows without trying to parody them. I found the film refreshing, funny and worth the time and ticket to see it.

It gets a B and is rated R.


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