Movies Out Today: 19 June 2015

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  • Inside Out

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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

Inside Out is being called a true masterpiece and a return to top form for Disney/Pixar. Magical, uplifting, enchanting and smart, it’s a must see for the whole family with 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Heck, you probably don’t even need to take the kids with you, it’s more than entertaining enough for adults as well.

  • Insidious Chapter 3

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The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Compared to the rest of the franchise, critics are saying that Insidious Chapter 3 is slow, obvious and lazy, but might be enough of a creepy ghost story to satisfy its fanbase. I didn’t even know there was an Insidious Chapter 1 or 2, but with 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s not going to be winning any new fans.

  • 5 Flights Up

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In this comedy drama that is set over the course of one crazy weekend, long-time married couple Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman) discover that selling their Brooklyn apartment isn’t about winding down, but starting a new adventure.

With an unforgettable cast but a predicable story, 5 Flights Up is getting very lukewarm reviews. Instead of being uplifting and moving, it comes across as melodramatic, but Freeman and Keaton both put in towering performances. Enough to earn 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, at least.

  • Wild Card

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Simon West directs this remake of the 1987 Burt Reynold action thriller in this Sierra/Affinity production starring Jason Statham as a paid enforcer who goes after a gang leader when a group of thugs beat up a personal friend.

Despite good fight choreography and Jason Statham doing what he does best, Wild Card still falls flat. Torn between trying to be both an Oceans 11 style caper and a John Wick style beat-‘em-up, it achieves neither, and ends up on a painful 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. And Jason Statham doesn’t even sport a Burt Reynolds moustache. How disappointing.

  • True Story

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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.

True Story has divided critics – either they hated it, or were intrigued by it, but all agree it could have been a much better film. With tighter directing or less clichés, it could have been so much better, but instead winds up with 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Last Updated: June 19, 2015

Tracy Benson

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