DVD Court: ‘The Wolverine’, ‘The Smurfs 2’, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’, ‘Drinking Buddies’

This week we put two 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. Check out the fancy new graphs below as well!

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

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Colin (Review): “It’s good to see Fox getting their act together with finding a proper director like James Mangold and giving him some breathing room for this addition to the X-Men franchise. What is a solid superhero character piece gets the director’s cut treatment and should be viewed for the excitement of Days of Future Past.”
Vivek (Review): “It’s worth a shot. It’s a well-acted but messy film that botches some of the dramatic notes it needed to nail, but it’s certainly not impossible to have fun with.”
Rodney: “One of the better films to star the mutant Canadian, The Wolverine sends Logan to Japan for a bit of bone-crunching fun. More personal than any previous outing, this easily makes up for that dreadful
Origins film. Nice action, good story, well made.”
Ben (Review): “It’s Mangold’s competence behind the camera that saves The Wolverine from being a chore to sit through.”
(Review): “Most of my disappointment, it should be noted, could be traced back to the pre-release hysteria coming from the studio: “Wolverine fans, rejoice. This is the movie you’ve been waiting for. . .” Given the fact I am not the most devoted follower of the X-Men story to begin with, it might be easier for me to think this has turned out to be a bit of a lie.”
(Review): “So much promise… but ultimately a letdown. I expected a great deal of emotional gravitas from the story, but I didn’t connect with Wolverine’s Japanese journey as much as I had hoped. “

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Colin (Review): “It has a couple of scenes for children, but nothing more. An expected miss in a planned trilogy that has absolutely nothing to offer.”
Rodney: There’s a special prize in hell reserved for people who screw up re-imagining classic 80’s television shows. Nobody – but nobody -comes away from this one unscathed. Appalling in every respect.
Dave (Review)

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Colin (Review): “When it has confidence, City of Bones is fun fantasy, but it doesn’t come up with enough of it to hold its ground; it just goes from decent to worse as it progresses. It’s worth a shot though, for Lilly Collins.”
Rodney: “Confusing, inane fantasy “romp” masquerading as young-adult entertainment for the post-Twilight crowd, City Of Bones should instead be called City of Bores. In order to understand the film, you need to have read the book: a prerequisite I’m entirely unhappy with.”

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.

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