Tony’s Movie Reviews: ‘Bad Moms,’ ‘Nerve,’ ‘Jason Bourne’

SALT LAKE CITY, July 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Three films are opening in theaters this weekend.

The highly anticipated “Jason Bourne” reunites Matt Damon with his Jason Bourne character after nine years. The new film will be opening in more than 4,000 theaters across North America.

“Jason Bourne” is the fifth film in the series and the fourth to star Damon. It will undoubtedly premiere in the No. 1 slot with an estimated total of $54 million, pushing “Star Trek Beyond” into second place.

Expected to debut in third place will be “Bad Moms,” starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell. Experts are predicting the irreverent comedy will take in about $25 million over the weekend.

“Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, is on track to pull in about $12.5 million from its 2,538 theaters placing it in the No. 6 slot, just behind “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

Here’s what Box Office Mojo is predicting for the weekend:

Jason Bourne – $54 million
Star Trek Beyond – $30 million
Bad Moms – $25 million
The Secret Life of Pets – $17.8 million
Ice Age: Collision Course – $13 million
Nerve – $12.5 million
Lights Out – $10.4 million
Ghostbusters – $10.3 million
Finding Dory – $4.4 million
The Legend of Tarzan – $3.2 million

The Reviews:

Starring: Emma Roberts and Dave Franco
Rated PG-13

A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

“Nerve” is a millennial thriller. On the outset, it has some problems with pacing and a slightly confusing ending. And it does have some close similarities to “Eagle Eye,” starring Shia Labeouf and Michelle Monaghan.

Yet in spite of that, “Nerve” has the feel and texture of a good psychological thriller.

Stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco are well cast and display great chemistry as they push through each level as the game escalates.

“Nerve” is well worth the ticket in. It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

Bad Moms
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate
Rated R

A woman with a seemingly perfect life and a great marriage is really over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap.

Fed up, she joins forces with two other overstressed moms, played by Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahan, on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities and take down a PTA Queen Bee and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

“Bad Moms” is from the same writers that gave us “The Hangover,” so you’d expect a bit of harsh bad taste jokes riddled with sight gags and lots of language.

And although, there’s some of that going on, “Bad Moms” is foremost a forgettable comedy that offers just a few really laughable moments and then crashes into a kind of sentimental limbo.

Overall the film is a summer diversion film with mostly chuckles and grins.

It gets a C and is rated R.

Jason Bourne
Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander
Rated PG-13

The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.

It’s been nine years since Matt Damon has taken on the role of Jason Bourne. The original trio of films which include, “The Bourne Identity, “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” boasted top-notch acting, wonderfully filmed action sequences and intricate story lines.

“Jason Bourne” relies too much on random fight sequences, car chases and explosions, which totally disregards Bourne’s innate abilities to use his intelligence to get out of harm’s way, which was what was so intriguing about the first three films.

However, “Jason Bourne” isn’t a total loss. It will keep you interested and the plot moves along briskly, especially with solid performances by the cast including Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles and Alicia Vikander.

But in the end, “Jason Bourne” is relegated to being just another loud action film in a sea of loud action films.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.


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