Is “Mad Max” infuriating? “The D Train” worth the ride? Popcorn Bag home video reviews!

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1) MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (R)

Warner Brothers

 

RUSS:

Although it’s been over 30 years since Mad Max’s last appearance, it seems like Australian filmmaker George Miller hasn’t missed a savage beat.

 

In the rousing and action-packed fourth installment in the franchise, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson as our titular hero, a reluctant warrior who battles hordes of marauders in an ultra-violent dystopian future.

 

The plot serves as an excuse for Miller and his band of top-notch stunt people to stage a chain of terrific, exhilarating chase sequences. Violent, decadent and shamelessly entertaining, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is what “Furious 7” wishes it could have been.

 

Shawn says: “’Mad Max’ is spectacular. Daredevil cinema at its best. The best action movie ever made, a non-stop, mind-blowing and jaw-dropping cinematic extravaganza. Unlike anything you have ever seen. And one of the best movies of the year.”

 

Well, it is like the other “Mad Max” movies, but it’s still very good.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 5 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE D TRAIN (R)

IFC Films

 

RUSS

When the characters are as annoying as the ones in the new comedy "The D Train," even talented actors like Jack Black and James Marsden can't save it.

 

Black plays the irritating chairman of his small town's 20th high school reunion committee. He thinks he can score by getting the most popular guy from his class, now an insufferable TV commercial actor, to attend. Black spins a web of lies to achieve his goal and it comes back to haunt him.

 

Black and Marsden are terrific, but you won't want to spend any time with either of them. Plus, the plotting is obvious and movie is spotted with events and dialogue that just don't ring true. "The D Train" is one ride you'll definitely want to miss.

 

Shawn says: “What a stink-a-roo. One of the worst movies of the year. Any year. Just pick one.

 

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 0 Popcorn Bags

 

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