KANSAS CITY, Mo —
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME (PG) -Paramount Pictures
RUSS: “Katy Perry: Part of Me” is the latest 3-D concert flick, offering a backstage glimpse of the pop music hit-maker during her grueling “California Dreams” tour that included over 120 concerts. The usual elements are there, including the fans, the parties and preparations. But because Perry’s highly-publicized breakup with comic actor Russell Brand occurred during the filmmaking process, we get an unexpectedly poignant look at her emotional state, which is in stark contrast to the cheery, Rainbow Brite, Candyland atmosphere of her concerts.
SHAWN: There is nothing wrong with Katy Perry’s concert movie that has splashes of her childhood story and vague details of her split with her husband actor Russell Brand. That is if you are under 12 years-old or never seen an episode of Behind the Music, Hollywood True Story or Unsung. Yes, this is well shot and edited party for her true fans but for everyone else it’s as mundane as leaving your iPod on repeat of the same song.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags, SHAWN 3 Popcorn Bags
INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES (PG-13) -Paramount Pictures
RUSS: This new boxed set brings together all four of the films helmed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas. Of course, there’s lots of rip-roaring, cliff-hanging adventure, top-notch stunt work, self-referential humor and Harrison Ford’s tongue-in-cheek performances. This new collection includes introductions by Spielberg and some of the stars, and plenty of extras, including a look at Indy’s women and a doc about all of the creepy crawlies in the films. It’s Hollywood escapism of a very high order.
SHAWN: Perhaps one of the most overrated franchises in movie history. The first movie is a classic for sure (5 Popcorn Bags). Two and Three aren’t any good. And Four is awful. Iconic character. Terrible set of movies.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) -Lionsgate
RUSS: Joss Whedon, the creator of TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the writer and director of this summer’s blockbuster “The Avengers,” offers a unique and twisty horror flick.
SHAWN: The best horror flick this year and in a long time. Shocking, inventive and a wee bit scary in a gory and psychotic way.
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags