Failed Movie Magic: Five films to avoid in theaters this week

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It sucks to waste your money and your time on bad movies. Of course, your individual enjoyment is subjective, but here are five films in theaters this week that were panned by critics — either our own or reviewers from elsewhere on the Internet.

Fantastic Four

The latest movie incarnation of Marvel’s superteam is disjointed and boring, says Chris Vognar. It “strives for heft without coming close to earning it. It’s ponderous without ever threatening to become smart.” Rated PG-13.

Ricki and the Flash

Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Randazzo, a singer-songwriter who long ago gave up the life of a suburban housewife to chase her rock-star dreams. Despite a great cast an an impressive pedigree (Oscar winners in director Jonathan Demme and writer Diablo Cody), Ricki and the Flash can’t really transcend its Lifetime TV-ish limitations, writes Preston Jones for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Rated PG-13.

Vacation

This sequel to the classic National Lampoon’s Vacation might have some laughs in it, but it’s joined by a lot of stupidity. Also, it gets Plano  totally wrong.

Irrational Man

Woody Allen’s latest has a great cast, but it’s a middling movie.

Pixels

Nostalgia can only get you so far. If you were to take the well-known arcade icons out of Pixels and replace them with generic characters you would be left with a bland, illogical mess of a sci-fi movie. Britton Peele gave it a C-; Rated PG-13.

Source: GuideLive

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