KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ratings for Hollywood's latest releases varied widely. Watch the video above to see which one scored the highest rating and which one Russ says he could have lived without seeing.
1) AMERICAN ULTRA (R)
"Ameircan Ultra" starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as stoners is daring, cool and explosively entertaining. "American Ultra' is just freakin' awesome. Eisenberg is in fact a government agent marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But... I liked this cool concept and explosively entertaining movie. It's a uniquely original action thriller and the most refreshingly different love story in years. Kristen Stewart and Jessie Eisenberg are incredible together. Their chemistry is off the charts. A bit violent and quirky but overall it works.
RUSS: Did Not Screen
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) HITMAN: AGENT 47 (R)
20th Century Fox
Understanding that a movie is “based on a video game” is usually all you really need to know. Such is the case with “Hitman: Agent 47,” the latest in a long line of lame adaptations in a disreputable movie sub-genre. In this action thriller, Rupert Friend plays a genetically engineered assassin with super skills but without pesky weaknesses like love, fear and mercy. There is plenty of blood-splattered, mind-numbing mayhem, but none of it is particularly engaging. You may want to take out a hit on the screenwriters.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: Did Not Screen
3) LISTEN TO ME, MARLON (Unrated)
Marlon Brando evaded the press for much of his illustrious career. However, the reclusive and eccentric actor maintained a vast library of self-recorded tapes and video. Filmmaker Stevan Riley sifts through this extensive catalogue of material, compiling what is essentially an autobiographical documentary. “Listen to Me, Marlon” is a compelling and revealing glimpse into the mind of the man many believe to be the cinema’s greatest actor.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: Did Not Screen
4) BEING EVEL (Unrated)
“Being Evel” is a documentary about yet another noted American eccentric, Evel Knievel. The famed motorcycle daredevil is now considered the father of modern extreme sports, and this warts-and-all look reveals him to be a con man as well as a showman and innovator. While a loving tribute, the movie showcases his nasty, self-serving side that ultimately caused him as much pain as his numerous injuries. Talking heads include friends, family and acolytes who provide first-hand testimony. “Being Evel” is as colorful and garish as its subject.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK- "Sinister 2" is a sequel to the surprise 2012 horror hit about home movies that trigger paranormal events.
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