DVD Court: ‘The Croods’, ‘This is the End’

This week we put three movies on trial. As The Jury, we recommend what should happen to a particular DVD released today. Voting Burn It, Skip It, Rent It, or Buy It, we come together to deliver a verdict and hope to help you decide what to watch or avoid. We hope that our decisions on this week’s releases prevent you from buying DVDs you’d rather trade in for cash later down the road. Although making room for new movies can sometimes be fun.

Want to become a member of the jury? Let us know below.

The Jury:
Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Jason of Digital Didascalia
Dave of Dave Examines Movies
Fernando of Committed to Celluloid
Rodney of Fernby Films
Vivek of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Daniel of Daniel’s Film Reviews
Ruth of Flix Chatter
Alex of Cinemaniac Reviews
Tom of Digital Shortbread
Colin of The Cinematic Katzenjammer

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Rent It

Dave (Review): “Even though people won’t find this film memorable, The Croods comes together in the end for a heartwarming and inspirational conclusion.”
Daniel (Review): “The Croods is an incredibly simplistic journey. The message is also rather straight-forward, that sometimes letting your children have a life of their own is good for them. The film isn’t too imaginative either, with the journey consisting of a fast-paced trip where they discover the wonder of fire, shoes, jokes and, of course, a whole new world and strange new creatures none of these neanderthals have encountered before”
Vivek: “It’s a well animated and solidly voice-cast film about adaptation. It’s got the usual problem “family” movies have in that none of the characters, with the possible exception of Rug are all that interesting or well-rounded and there’s nothing in the film you’re going to remember as one of the year’s highlights, but what’s there works just well enough to have a good time.”
Colin: “A family-friendly picture that is good for a get together family night, but nothing otherwise. “
Rodney: “Dazzling animated film is encumbered with a been-there, done-that story, and aside from two primary characters, lacks depth. Central role, Eep, is the second red-haired rebellious teenage daughter we’ve had in two years (alongside Pixar’s Brave); The Croods is superficially entertaining for the kids, but won’t appeal more than once to the adults.”

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Buy It

Colin (Review): “With very few good comedies these days, “This Is the End” comes out on top as one of the best comedies in years. It has an R-rated “Ghostbusters” vibe to it, while making you laugh throughout. There are a couple of jokes that fall flat, or come out truly offensive, but it’s worth the $20 buy.”
Alex (Review): “I laughed till I cried, and only now am I realizing that every joke in this madcap sketch comedy all comes down to the one-joke plot: that even during their last moments on earth, these thirtysomethings are distracted by first-world problems.”
Dave (Review): “This is the End had surprisingly great performances by Rogen, Baruchel, Hill, Franco, Robinson and McBride. Their nonstop random humor and the odd category this film falls under worked perfectly together, ending with a satisfactory close.”
Tom (Review):  “Here is a very strong entry into the hilarious, if short, canon of Rogen/Goldberg gross-out/stoner flicks. Even though it is jam-packed full of their signature comedic tastes, it will likely appeal to a wider audience since there is far more going on than what at first meets the eye.”
Daniel (Review): “This is one of the greatest ensembles ever assembled, at least for a critically acclaimed flick. It could be called “Comedians Assemble”.”

Rent It

Vivek: “Easily one of the best comedies of the year and one of 2013’s biggest surprises. It’s hard to imagine this movie being any good, given the trailer, but it’s a laugh-fest from start to finish with actors playing exaggerated movie-versions of themselves tossed into what they slowly recognize to be the actual Biblical apocalypse. Not sure it’s a collector’s item, but it’s a great film that you absolutely need to see.”
Rodney: “This ensemble stoner comedy is almost ruined by Danny McBride (one of the unfunniest men working in comedy today) but by-and-large, it’ll deliver what you expect from the stars involved. Some fitful lulls in the laughs will reduce its rewatch factor, but it is well suited to a Beer-n-Pizza night with friends.”
Nick: “While pretty funny and quite unexpected, the film’s vulgarity tends to take over at times, really turning you off from the comedy. Danny McBride is pure asshole and almost ruins the entire thing. It also has some pretty impressive special effects.” 

What are you renting or buying this week? Let us know below!

Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • Tom

    hey, why are the graphs different. . . . . . *says the guy who literally saw your Facebook status five mins ago*

  • http://www.cinekatz.com/ Nick Powell

    Hey now, I won’t go as low as calling you names, BUTT I think as a wHOLE we can agree to shut up about it.

  • Tom

    subtle, subtle.

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  • ruth

    I’m actually not all that interested in seeing either one of these to be honest.

  • Tyson Carter

    Holy hell This Is The End was fantastic!! Danny McBride is easily the funniest man working. Love him. You’re Fucking Out!!