Is “The Nice Guys” nice? “Angry Birds” fowl? “Neighbors 2” too much? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Nothing great but not too shabby either. Find out what the FOX 4 film critics thought of "The Nice Guys," "Angry Birds," and "Neighbors 2."

 

1) THE NICE GUYS (R)

Warner Brothers

 

The ‘buddy comedy’ gets a new treatment...in an old way...with “The Nice Guys.” The writer/producer/director team that brought you the “Lethal Weapons” movies reunite for a foul-mouthed action comedy set against the sleazy backdrop of 1977 Hollywood.

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are terrific as a pair of mismatched private detectives who get in over their heads when working on the case of a murdered porn star.

The movie is overlong and the mix of humor and violence doesn’t always work. But Crowe and Gosling are money. They may not really be playing nice guys, but the pairing is certainly a nice one.

Shawn calls it, "Snarky and shamelessly over the top. At times, cliched Shane Black but always interesting and flat-out hilarious at times. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are great together. Well executed dark humor even if it does run on too long."

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (PG)

Sony Pictures

If you’ve never heard of the mobile video game Angry Birds, you’re probably still using a rotary dial phone. In the animated big screen adaptation, “The Angry Birds Movie,” Kansas City’s Jason Sudeikis provides the voice of Red, a furious flightless bird who battles invasive pigs. The loopy humor and frenetic action are clearly aimed at the younger movie-going demographic. It’s a harmless, well-animated farce that may not be inspired, but it’s no turkey.

Shawn says, "Admittedly the APP is more fun than the movie. Not entirely fowl but just doesn't measure up to the high standard of recent animated movies."

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

3) NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (R)

Universal

Seth Rogan and Zac Efron return for more crude hijinks in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” This time they’re joined by Chloë Grace Moretz who proves girls can be raunchy, too, when a party hardy sorority moves next door.

Sex jokes and stoner humor can only take you so far, so the formula is getting a little thin. But it has its shamelessly funny moments.

Shawn calls it, "Much funnier than the first. Switching to a house full of sorority sisters that terrorize was smart and ripe for much better jokes."

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN 4 Popcorn Bags

 

4) PELE: BIRTH OF A LEGEND (PG)

IFC Films

“Pelé: Birth of a Legend” is a family sports drama that focuses on the early years of Brazilian soccer superstar, Pelé. It shows how the poverty-stricken youngster worked his way out of the Brazilian favela to lead the Brazilian team to the World Cup championship at age 17. While it’s an inspiring story, it’s given a very pedestrian treatment.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:

-Oscar winner Susan Sarandon plays a smothering mom who interferes with daughter Rose Byrne’s life in the aptly named comedy, “The Meddler.”

- Tlida Swinton plays an aging rock star whose vacation with her hunky young boyfriend is invaded by her former lover Ralph Fiennes and his daughter Dakota Johnson in the erotic thriller, “A Bigger Splash.”

 

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