Featured Review – Battleship
Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker
2012 may be quite a regretful year for Taylor Kitsch. He provided us with a truly great TV character in Friday Night Light’s Tim Riggins. Kitsch’s portrayal captured the classic “women want him, men want to be him” dynamic that made the show one of the best TV dramas of the last decade as well as opening the door for Taylor to make the jump to movie stardom. Unfortunately, he used the opportunity to make John Carter and Battleship.
Battleship is superficial and has shallower depth than a kiddy pool. When the end credits roll, you don’t really remember what took place, you just know that there was a bunch of noise and Rihanna screaming “What the hell is that?!” It’s telling that nearly all of the special features deal with special effects or how the action of the film was created. In its defense, how else are you going to make a movie about a board game?
But if your favorite movie of all time is a three-way tie between the Transformers movies then Battleship may be right up your alley. The action is pretty mesmerizing at times, but anything involving a story does not exist.
Rotten Tomato Score – 34%
Think Like a Man
Directed by: Tim Story
Starring: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson
The ensemble comedy follows a group of men and their significant others battling to get the upper hand in their relationships after they buy Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
Special features include Deleted scenes, Gag Reel, as well as featurettes with cast interviews on their view of relationships.
Rotten Tomato Score – 54%
The Lucky One
Directed by: Scott Hicks
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
Love cheesy romantic melodrama? Then it does not get better than The Lucky One. In the latest of Nicolas Sparks adaptations, Zac Efron plays U.S Marine Logan Thibault who returns from his duty from Iraq in search of a woman whose picture he kept as a good luck charm overseas. When he finds her, he takes a job on her farm—and the romance begins.
Included in the special features are a look at how Zac Efron trained for his role as an U.S Marine as well as a glance at the on-screen chemistry between Efron and Taylor Schilling.
Rotten Tomatoes Score - 20%