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At the movies with Covo & Ayotte: “Looper” and “Pitch Perfect”

By Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. | 30 de septiembre de 2012

Film critics Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. bring you the truth about Hollywood’s current offerings every week. Look for their reviews online whenever you need to know more about the latest films. This week, Covo covers “ Looper ” which opens Friday Sept 28 and Ayotte covers “ Pitch Perfect ” which also opens in a LIMITED release on Sept. 28.  Next week the two movie critics will review Tim Burton’s latest “ Frankenweenie ”  in Disney Digital 3D.Two other good bets opening this weekend are “Won’t Back Down” with Viola Davis and Rosie Perez and for the kids, “Hotel Transylvania 3D.” Stay tuned for Covo’s exclusive interview with Rosie Perez   and another with Tiffany B oone who stars in “Beautiful Creatures” in theaters 2013.

San Antonio.- Film critics Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. bring you the truth about Hollywood’s current offerings every week. Look for their reviews online whenever you need to know more about the latest films. This week, Covo covers “Looper” which opens Friday Sept 28 and Ayotte covers “Pitch Perfectwhich also opens in a LIMITED release on Sept. 28.  Next week the two movie critics will review Tim Burton’s latest “Frankenweenie”  in Disney Digital 3D.Two other good bets opening this weekend are “Won’t Back Down” with Viola Davis and Rosie Perez and for the kids, “Hotel Transylvania 3D.” Stay tuned for Covo’s exclusive interview with Rosie Perez  and another with Tiffany Boone who stars in “Beautiful Creatures” in theaters 2013.

By Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. 
angela.covo@gmail.com and dennisayottejr@gmail.com

Covo’s take: “Looper” Four-and-a-half Stars

This futuristic film is deliciously unpredictable. Just when I thought there were no more original ideas to be found … Hollywood comes through.

Rian Johnson masterfully creates a movie as provocative as it is entertaining, and if you’re like me, you’ll be comparing notes and what-would-you-do’s for a few days after seeing it.

The subject is dark, but laced with moments of humor and authentic characters who are thoughtful and understand when they are facing a moral dilemma. And lucky audiences will get to face key moments of truth right along with them because the movie is not rushed – it is perfectly paced.

This film has it all – outstanding performances across the board, impressive action sequences, car chases, cool gadgets, sci-fi – a touch of fantasy and even romance.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe) and Bruce Willis (Joe) are flawlessly cast and strike just the right chord throughout the film. (Photo courtesy Sony Pictures)

I thoroughly enjoyed this film – and I think anyone who loves a well-told story will agree. I rate this flick a must-see which is definitely worth your time and cash this weekend. In fact, I would see right away chance so nobody has a chance to “spoil” it for you. This is one movie I plan to see twice.

“Looper” is rated “R” and runs just under 2 hours. It opens Sept. 28 nationwide.

Ayotte’s take: “Pitch Perfect” 3 stars

“Pitch Perfect” was good but wasn’t great. It had its moments, mostly from Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson).

I was having trouble figuring out if this was a comedy, love-story or another episode of Glee with Anna Kendrick. As a comedy, it’s a solid two-star movie, as a love-story it gets one star maybe and if it indeed were another episode of Glee it would get five-stars on the sheer principle that Anna Kendrick raps in the movie.

Consider this a shaky two-star movie.

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is an aspiring DJ whose talent for mixing beats may be just what The Bellas need.If I weren’t such an Anna Kendrick fan then it would probably be worse. Rebel Wilson’s performance in this movie was great, but aside from her the movie was just ‘cute.’ It’s nothing special—cute chicks, a college atmosphere and a few great one-liners.

The Glee reference comes from the fact that the whole film is about college glee cubs competing. Basically it’s Glee: The College Years with a “Bring It On” flare.

Kendrick (pictured at left) plays an aspiring DJ, Beca, starting her freshman year at Barden University. At the advice of her father she looks to get more involved on campus. She meets Chloe (Brittany Snow), a singer in a glee group called The Bellas. Chloe’s persistency pays off as Beca joins the vocal team along with a whole variety of other girls.

The new girls are a departure from what The Bellas looked like in the past. They have more character and are a little more progressive to say the least. After an incident at last year’s finals The Bellas are looking for redemption after losing to campus rivals the Treble Makers, a boys' group. Vocally the Treble Makers are more polished and are led by Bumper played by Adam DeVine. 

DeVine’s comedic skills transfer to the movie screen well. This could be the first of many big screen comedies for DeVine after this performance. If it weren’t for him, Wilson and Kendrick (and maybe the weird Asia girl) “Pitch Perfect” would have been another “Step Up” movie but with singing instead of dancing.

The Bellas battles the boys in Pitch Perfect (Unoversal Pictures)

“Pitch Perfect 2,” “Pitch Perfect 3D” and “Pitch Perfect Revolution” are all possibilities.

This movie is definitely one you can wait to see. The trailers make the movie look way better than it actually is. It had promise but the mini-love story knocks down a few cool-points. Director Jason Moore should have let loose in a few scenes and bumped it up from PG-13 to an R rating.

The film opens in limited release on Sept. 28 and goes nationwide Oct. 5. Photos courtesy Universal Pictures.

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