Weekend Picks: ‘Savages,’ ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ & ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
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This week's movie releases are a bit funny due to the Fourth of July holiday: While both "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Katy Perry: Part of Me" are already in theaters, I imagine a lot of you will be playing catchup this weekend, so I've included them for your review.
Dripping of blood, sex and drugs, Oliver Stone's "Savages" is the only wide release debuting in theaters this weekend. But for those of you in the right geographic locations, there are a slew of new limited releases to look out for in theaters: "Collaborator," "Crazy Eyes," "The Do-Deca Pentathlon," "The Magic of Belle Isle," "The Pact," "Vampires" and "Starry Starry Night."
Let's get to your new movies crip sheet:
Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout.
What's the story?
Turning stereotypical Hollywood chauvinism on its head -- and a whole lot of other, nastier things -- Oliver Stone seemed to have great fun toying with role reversals in "Savages," based on a Don Winslow novel of the same name. Blake Lively plays O, a typical Orange County beach babe looking for fun in the sun and at the mall. The catch is, she has... (wait for it)... two boyfriends. But before you start thinking that's the main focus of this tale, I'll clarify: O's boyfriends, played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch, are big-time Southern California marijuana distributors, and the Mexican cartel want in on their action. Led by Salma Hayek, the cartel is powered by extreme tactics executed by her lead henchmen, played by Benicio Del Toro and Demián Bichir. The So. Cal kids are forced to fight evil with evil. The movie, as Stone recently told me himself, is truly "a wild ride." Look for John Travolta's smart performance as a crooked DEA agent.
Who will dig it?
Most reminiscent of Stone's "Natural Born Killers," fans of that film, as well as general Stone fans should enjoy this jolt-to-the-system-movie. People who revel in Tarantino-style action and violence should also find similarity in this in-your-face film.
[Related: Find local showtimes & tickets for 'Savages']
Rated PG for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking.