Brace yourselves for a lot of bad movies: Making up for lost time (and vengeance) after a vacation break, Rolling Stone‘s film critic Peter Travers packs two months worth of scum into one four-minute package, breaking down the 10 worst movies of June and July.
First up is Entourage, a film sequel to the popular HBO comedy. “I ask one question about that: Were all of us who were fans of the show the first couple of season really waiting for a movie version of Entourage?” Travers asks. “The fans answered, and they said, ‘No.’ Nobody wanted it.” Next is the flat-lining Self-Less, which stars a dying Ben Kinglsey who “wants his brain and spirit to now live in the body of Ryan Reynolds.” And clichés run rampant in the dog-starring Max, which Travers says “pull(s) every tear-jerking trick in the book. And after about the 100th trick, I just said, ‘Don’t do this. Stop.'”
Travers isn’t happy about Boulevard, because it stars the late Robin Williams in final screen performance. Our critic praises the actor, who plays a married man hiding his homosexuality, but calls the movie a “tired cliche and a sad way for him to end a really distinguished career.” He’s also gunning for Southpaw, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a down-on-his-luck fighter making a comeback. Travers grants the leading man some scum-bucket immunity, though he doesn’t spare the film from a few sucker punches. And while our critic was impressed overall with action bluster of Terminator Genisys in his initial review, he remains bewildered by the actual plot: “Did anyone understand a word of what was happening?”
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There’s also Channing Tatum’s stripper fiasco Magic Mike XXL, which Travers says “just didn’t rise to the occasion.” But it fares better than the Despicable Me spin-off Minions: “Now the minions are the whole movie, and I’m sad to say they can’t carry it!” he snaps. Our critic says the Ed Helms-starring revival of road comedy Vacation feels like a lukewarm retread, with jokes that “just smack of desperation.”
But for pure, unfiltered vitriol, look no further than Adam Sandler’s sci-fi comedy Pixels. “To me, this movie is a metaphor for everything wrong with movies,” Travers says.