Movies: Ones to Watch - 'The Canyons', '2 Guns', 'Europa Report'.

Thought this week I would give some competing reviews, rather than stick to my favorite New York Times movie review site.

So it's interesting to note the effort and detail put into the two reviews by The New York Times writers, and flipped, throw away dismissal of them by Peter Travers in Rolling Stone Magazine.

As ever, the viewers will be the judges...

'The Canyons' review by Manohla Dargis in The New York Times wrties of a film (that) "...is a dispiriting, unpleasurable work punctuated with flashes of vitalizing vulgarity. It isn’t a good movie in terms of the conventional norms (acting for starters), but it also exhibits a crude integrity."

See: The Cellphone Gets Its Close-Up - ‘The Canyons’ Is an Erotic Thriller With Lindsay Lohan

Compare and contrast with ".. If the subtext of this misbegotten parade of lame shock tactics is the death of cinema, then The Canyons certainly knows how to nail the coffin shut. "

See: The Canyans review by Tarvers.


Very similar takes in these reviews, again first by Manohla Dargis (New York Times), opening the review with "Big bangs and fast talk are the name of the genre game in “2 Guns,” a slick, slippery thriller that taps into the anarchic playfulness that made the best American action flicks of the 1980s and ’90s pop. "

See: Two Good Guys (or So They Seem) Behaving Badly - Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg Star in ‘2 Guns’.

Then have a look at Peter Travers in Rolling Stone Magazine's review "Hell, I really meant to at least like 2 Guns. But I couldn't. The movie just didn't make the extra effort."

See: 2 Guns, with Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg - Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

Moving on from the majors, check this one out:


'In an age of cynicism and sarcasm, "Europa Report" is also noteworthy because it manages to maintain an air of idealistic hope and a belief in the value of classic questions like "Are we alone?" When one of the crew speaks up and says, "What does a life matter compared to the breadth of knowledge to be learned?" that's the message of the film as well."