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Poll: What movie should I review this weekend? Update: Good choice

posted at 12:11 pm on February 8, 2013 by

The pickings are kind of slim, with Identity Thief and Side Effects being the only real new options for me this week.  I’ve tossed Warm Bodies and Stand Up Guys as options from last week’s premieres, and a couple of people last week asked me why I haven’t yet reviewed Zero Dark Thirty, so I’ll add that in — even though I’d prefer to review newer releases, normally.  Like last week, I’ll abide by the wisdom of poll respondents, so … choose wisely, please.

Update, 8:27 ET: Heading out to the theater now. You have spoken … so zombie love story it is, I guess. Thanks a lot, folks.

Update II: Actually, Warm Bodies turns out to be a surprisingly good — and deep — film. Watch for the review on Sunday.

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Side Effects is probably the only title worth anything in the above list but if you do consider ZDH, also consider Argo.

Kataklysmic on February 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

ZDH ZDT

Kataklysmic on February 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

House of Cards (2013)

Again, the more entertaining entertainment is on television these days.

Blake on February 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

First, I think we need to run some proficiency tests on Ed’s review accumen.

Ed, write a review on My Fair Lady, then follow that with the original Poseidon Adventure.

Lets get your bona fides established.

BobMbx on February 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I’d pass on ZDT.

It’s boring dross aside from one genuine LOL line, which is unintentional.

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Ed, do you list your movie tickets as a business expense for tax purposes?

If so, I gotta look into this whole blogging thing.

Nessuno on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Starve the Beast.

No, its not a movie, its what any self respecting Conservative should be doing to send a message to the liberal world that we matter – and we will stop throwing dollars at them and their Democrat Party message.

Stop funding their cultural destruction by running out and wasting your time on any “must see” movie. Most aren’t anyways.

The kids though- they will still have to get their cartoon movies- can’t take their fun away. The adults, should pass on Hollywood- or at least control the urge until Redbox.

FlaMurph on February 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I chose Identity Thief because I want you to suffer :-)

MJBrutus on February 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Blake on February 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I’ve been watching, “The Following.” It isn’t bad.

MJBrutus on February 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Serious answer (since I am prone to attempt bad humor as well):

Have you seen/reviewed Silver Linings Playbook? I want to rent it when it comes to RedBox. It’s still in theaters.

If you are definitely committed to one of the four – then my choice is Side Effects.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

None. Most movies from hollywood are all garbage and a waste of money. Think ive seen 5 movies in the theaters in the past 5 or so years. Most of Hollywood is liberal elite bs and we’d all be best served if we did more to not support it.

bucsox79 on February 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I haven’t heard of any of them Ed. BTW, if/when you get to a weekend where there is nothing of interest to review, just post something in protest to Hollywood reminding them that they suck suck and that they aren’t getting any of your money that weekend. Just because there are movies, doesn’t mean we have to review them.

ted c on February 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Your last?
(somebody had to)

Archie Noble on February 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Serious answer (since I am prone to attempt bad humor as well):

Have you seen/reviewed Silver Linings Playbook? I want to rent it when it comes to RedBox. It’s still in theaters.

If you are definitely committed to one of the four – then my choice is Side Effects.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Silver Linings Playbook I believe comes out on Blu-ray/DVD in a March. You may as well wait for rental. It’s a really good movie, but I probably shouldn’t have read the book right before seeing it. Man, did they change a lot of the story.

As for what to review, Ed, I choose Side Effects. Rumor has it Soderbergh is taking a potentially long(hopefully not permanent) break from directing, so this may be one of the last things we see from him for a long while.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I haven’t heard of any of these movies, I went with Side Effects just because it was new and the coin told me to.

I haven’t heard of any of them Ed.
ted c on February 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Ah, I see I’m not alone.

jarodea on February 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

How can some of you have not heard of any of these? You’re bound to run into an ad for them at some point, no?

That’s some slim pickings for a review, but I voted for Identity Thief. Probably dumb and not very good, but that goes for everything else on the list too.

changer1701 on February 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

If anyone’s interested, here are the Rotten Tomatoes scores:

Side Effects 85%
Warm Bodies 78%
Stand Up Guys 35%
Identity Thief 27%

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

How can some of you have not heard of any of these? You’re bound to run into an ad for them at some point, no?

changer1701 on February 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I don’t watch TV nor partake in the MSM hype. If I happen to hear about a movie, see a trailer, or someway else…..I may see it. Superman is one of them, I think Ed or AP posted a trailer a few months back. Ironman3 trailer I caught in a youtube ad a few days ago. The rest is “feh”…

ted c on February 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I chose Identity Thief because I want you to suffer :-)

MJBrutus on February 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

That looks dreadful, doesn’t it?

kim roy on February 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

How about Charlton Heston’s Teb Commmandments-just so we can remember how the world was before we tossed out God?

Don L on February 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

That looks dreadful, doesn’t it?

kim roy on February 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I usually like movies with Jason Bateman. The pained looks on his face in the commercials might not be acting, in this one.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I voted for Side Effects just so I can compare your review to Kurt Loder’s. It sounds like it’s right up my alley as a Hitchcock fan but I’d like your take, Ed, since I agreed with your review of The Hobbit last week.

AScott on February 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I usually like movies with Jason Bateman. The pained looks on his face in the commercials might not be acting, in this one.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

He’s hit or miss. Horrible Bosses(which is from the same director as Identity Thief) was decent. The Change-Up was lame though. Same goes for his supporting roles. Juno, good movie. Hancock, not so much. Hopefully the new season of Arrested Development later this spring is a return to form for him.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I usually like movies with Jason Bateman. The pained looks on his face in the commercials might not be acting, in this one.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Nicely done. ;) I’ll wait for the re-up of Arrested Development.

kim roy on February 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

He’s hit or miss. Horrible Bosses(which is from the same director as Identity Thief) was decent. The Change-Up was lame though. Same goes for his supporting roles. Juno, good movie. Hancock, not so much. Hopefully the new season of Arrested Development later this spring is a return to form for him.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Really looking forward to the return of Arrested Development. Awesome show. The fact it went off the air after three seasons, yet all the reality shows and other crap endure, tells you all you need to know about the viewing public.

changer1701 on February 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

None of the above. How about a review on “The Third Man” ?

Bmore on February 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Really looking forward to the return of Arrested Development. Awesome show. The fact it went off the air after three seasons, yet all the reality shows and other crap endure, tells you all you need to know about the viewing public.

changer1701 on February 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I was always grateful that we even got 3 seasons(well, 2 1/2 really). The ratings were never good, and Fox is notorious for yanking failing shows prematurely(Firefly, anyone?). Plus let’s be honest. That third season was nowhere near as good as the first two.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

RomZomCom!

Fallon on February 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Or is it, ZomRomCom?

Fallon on February 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

He’s hit or miss. Horrible Bosses(which is from the same director as Identity Thief) was decent. The Change-Up was lame though. Same goes for his supporting roles. Juno, good movie. Hancock, not so much. Hopefully the new season of Arrested Development later this spring is a return to form for him.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Just my thoughts & mine alone: :)
Horrible Bosses – liked. good dark comedy. Kevin Spacey is one of the bosses. he plays to type but it’s good red meat to me.
The Change-Up – liked. interesting premise.
June – liked. I like movies about pregnancies. good dialogue, if a bit unrealistic/fantastical.
Hancock – didn’t see. didn’t look interesting.
Extract – very funny! I like movies by Mike Judge.
Arrested Development – never saw, but apparently fans love it.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Just my thoughts & mine alone: :)
Horrible Bosses – liked. good dark comedy. Kevin Spacey is one of the bosses. he plays to type but it’s good red meat to me.
The Change-Up – liked. interesting premise.
June – liked. I like movies about pregnancies. good dialogue, if a bit unrealistic/fantastical.
Hancock – didn’t see. didn’t look interesting.
Extract – very funny! I like movies by Mike Judge.
Arrested Development – never saw, but apparently fans love it.

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Go rent Arrested Development! Now! Or if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it for free(in HD to boot).

If you liked Kevin Spacey in Horrible Bosses, check out Swimming With Sharks. He played an equally slimy a-hole boss in that.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Go rent Arrested Development! Now! Or if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it for free(in HD to boot).

If you liked Kevin Spacey in Horrible Bosses, check out Swimming With Sharks. He played an equally slimy a-hole boss in that.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Wonderful, thanks for the recommendation. :)

Yes – seeing Spacey in Horrible Bosses reminded me of Swimming With Sharks – that was a crazy movie!

22044 on February 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I was always grateful that we even got 3 seasons(well, 2 1/2 really). The ratings were never good, and Fox is notorious for yanking failing shows prematurely(Firefly, anyone?). Plus let’s be honest. That third season was nowhere near as good as the first two.

Doughboy on February 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Granted, but even a subpar season of that show is head and shoulders above most everything else out there.

changer1701 on February 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

How about the latest Micheal Moore documentary, where Moore exposes Obama and Holder’s criminal complicity in the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal?

SWalker on February 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Starve the Beast.

No, its not a movie, its what any self respecting Conservative should be doing to send a message to the liberal world that we matter – and we will stop throwing dollars at them and their Democrat Party message.

Stop funding their cultural destruction by running out and wasting your time on any “must see” movie. Most aren’t anyways.

The kids though- they will still have to get their cartoon movies- can’t take their fun away. The adults, should pass on Hollywood- or at least control the urge until Redbox.

FlaMurph on February 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

None. Most movies from hollywood are all garbage and a waste of money. Think ive seen 5 movies in the theaters in the past 5 or so years. Most of Hollywood is liberal elite bs and we’d all be best served if we did more to not support it.

bucsox79 on February 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Totally agree. The only movie review I need is a list of very few movies that are worth watching.

How is Lincoln? I am interested in the subject matter, but have doubt about spielberg.

thepoint on February 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Once again I voted for Warm Bodies…just to make Ed watch a teen zombie flick hehehe

NerwenAldarion on February 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

“Werewolves on Wheels.” It’s a horror-biker movie from about 40 years ago.

Very low budget… and it shows.

viking01 on February 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

They’re all dirty flicks.

itsnotaboutme on February 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Cool. I’m going to see it tomorrow. A zomromcom. :-)

Meryl Yourish on February 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Bah, Just watch all 13 episodes of House of Cards on Netflix.

Kevin Spacey at his best.

exsanguine on February 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

How about something not in English?

DarkCurrent on February 9, 2013 at 3:52 AM

Stop running away from Les Mis, Ed.

mythicknight on February 9, 2013 at 6:08 AM

a zombie love story??? dude..

ted c on February 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I voted for Warm Bodies, because I think it would be interesting.

BigGator5 on February 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

House of Cards (2013)

Again, the more entertaining entertainment is on television these days.

Blake on February 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

You should check out the original series with Ian Richardson – real schadenfreude material .

EnglishRogue on February 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Stop running away from Les Mis, Ed.

mythicknight on February 9, 2013 at 6:08 AM

I saw that over the holidays. Very good movie, and operettas aren’t usually my cup of tea. Didn’t get a chance to jot down my thoughts afterward, as family was in town, so I didn’t write a review.

Ed Morrissey on February 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

My daughters (film afficionados) loved Warm Bodies, said I should see it, too. They also said it was surprisingly deep.

Fallon on February 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

They also said it was surprisingly deep.

Fallon on February 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

They’re right. I came home and told my wife that it was a deeply spiritual experience, and she started laughing — and stopped when she realized I was serious. She had refused to go with me last night, but we may end up seeing it together tonight. I’d like to take another look at it.

Ed Morrissey on February 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I think Hot Air needs a regular reviewer, in addition to Eds movie reviews. As a die hard movie fan who goes to the movies almost every weekend, I hereby offer my services as a conservative film reviewer. :)

Jack_Burton on February 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Jack_Burton on February 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I don’t know. I think we need you driving that Pork Chop Express and keeping an eye out for big trouble in Little China.

Ed Morrissey on February 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

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