Is “San Andreas” at fault? “Aloha” worth greeting? Popcorn Bag reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo --- Hollywood's summer flicks are finally heading to theaters. Watch the video above to find out how some of the first films stacked up with FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons.

 

1) SAN ANDREAS (PG-13)

Warner Brothers

 

RUSS

In an early scene from the disaster flick, “San Andreas,” a reporter interviewing rescue worker writes in her notes, “Cute but dumb.” That pretty much sums up the movie up, too. “San Andreas” has all of the visual bells and whistles you’d expect from a $100 million movie, and the producers hope you’ll see it in one of those 3-D surround sound theaters with vibrating seats.

 

SHAWN

"San Andreas" is as loud as it is dumb. So effects heavy it looks bloated and fake. Good thing that Dwayne Johnson has such a rock size personality.

 

RUSS

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as an LA Fire Department helicopter rescue pilot who travels to San Francisco to save his daughter after the big one hits. The eye candy is cool and The Rock is solid, but even in surround sound theaters, the shakiest thing about “San Andreas” is its corny script.

 

SHAWN

If you are worried about this movie having a good script then you have fundamental problems that we need to talk about. All you need to know is that Dwayne Johnson is so ripped you almost over look everything else. And the flaws are many. But man that mega watt smile is fantastic as everything around him crumbles to the ground including your brain.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

2) ALOHA (PG-13)

Sony Pictures

 

RUSS

In Hawaiian, "aloha" can mean either "hello" or "goodbye." After seeing Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy, "Aloha," you may not know if you're coming or going. Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski are appealing in this well-meaning but jumbled mess.

 

SHAWN

Remember back in the day when Cameron Crowe was considered a cinematic genius? Loved "Jerry Maguire." "Almost Famous" was cool and "Vanilla Sky" thrilled. But "Aloha" seems like it was produced by a Cameron Crowe clone.

 

RUSS

The movie bears all of the marks of studio tinkering in the editing room. The powers that be may not have butchered Crowe's movie, but that's sure how it plays.

 

SHAWN

I love all of your technical jargon you use to say that "Aloha" is a bad movie or the Hawaiin "Valentine's Day" movie. it doesn't work on any level. The romance is a dud. And at its core it's nothing more than vapid dribble.

 

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

3) AN HONEST LIAR (Unrated)

Abramorama

RUSS

“An Honest Liar” is a thought-provoking documentary about magician and professional debunker, James Randi, better known as “The Amazing Randi.” For most of his 86 years, he’s used his knowledge of the tricks of the magic trade to expose so-called psychics, faith healers and con men. Talking heads include fans and friends like Alice Cooper, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Penn Gillette, but also his longtime nemeses, professed psychic Uri Geller and faith healer Peter Popoff. The movie really gets intriguing when Randi sets up some fake psychics whom he coaches on ways to fool researchers even under strict scientific controls. The movie’s title “An Honest Liar” is an example of truth in advertising.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:

From the ‘We Really Don’t Need This’ file comes the gross out horror flick “The Human Centipede III,” starring Eric Roberts.  And Ben Kinglsey and Jonas Armstrong star in “Walking With the Enemy,” a true story about a Hungarian Jew who poses as a Nazi during WWII.

 

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