by Amanda Denton at . Comments

We've seen the Pacific Rim reviews but let's take a moment and look at a film that is all the way at the opposite end of the movie spectrum.

Unless you are a soap opera watcher, Michael B. Jordan is best known for his work as Wallace in the HBO show, The Wire. A talented actor for sure, will his performance in Fruitvale Station, opening this weekend, be of the same caliber?

Check out these reviews, give a glance at the Grown Ups 2 reviews and hopefully the critics give a better idea as to which movie to see this weekend!

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Fruitvale Station is a gut punch of a movie. By standing in solidarity with Oscar, it becomes an unstoppable cinematic force. -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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There are some movies that should just never be repeated. It appears as if Grown Ups 2 might fall into that category.

That's just my humble opinion though, let's see what the professionals have to say with some Grown Ups 2 reviews. 

After checking out these reviews, go see what the Pacific Rim reviews look like and make your weekend movie going decisions!

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Friendship, family and breasts: Sometimes that's all you need. -- Adam Graham, Detroit News

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Pacific Rim is Guillermo Del Toro's very highly anticipated robot/monsters/sci-fi blockbuster starring Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam.

Will it succeed at the box office? Can it knock Despicable Me 2 from it's perch? 

Let's check out some of the reviews and see what the critics have to say!

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In a field rife with impostors and poseurs, Del Toro, like his mentors, is the real deal. It's good to have him working his magic again. -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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When I wrote about the Sharknado trailer this week, I said there was no was no way on earth I'd be watching this cinematic masterpiece.

Well, as I'm sure it will with plenty of others, curiosity got the best of me. Even though I've watched it and am writing about it, I'm still not quite sure if it was a good idea.

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Let's go ahead and tackle the incredibly deep, complex plot of Sharknado. See, there are sharks, and these sharks find themselves sucked up into a hurricane and the subsequent tornados the hurricane spawns.

And then... nope, that's it. That is the entire plot. 

Wait, there was an early scene in which we are party to an illegal shark fin poaching operation. Complete with man of presumable Asian descent there to purchase said shark fins.

At first I thought, oh, this might be a statement on the awfulness of shark fin harvesting. No. Apparently that was just the best way the writers could think of launching into this story.

How on earth can this be anything but spectacular?

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So you saw Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper snap a selfie at Wimbeldon Sunday, but what you didn't know is that it was actually the premiere of Butler's new film, Man in Blue Jacket Watches a Tennis Match!

Mark Kermode, an English movie critic, has done the honors of reviewing this riveting film:

How spot on is this review? Shouty Scotsman indeed! I particularly enjoyed how Kermode was able to change his own opinion of Gerard Butler. 

I do take a little bit of umbrage with his love of Butler's work while glancing over Bradley Cooper's incredible portrayal of American Man Watches Tennis Match in a Foreign Country, but we'll let this one pass.

Good stuff Mark Kermode!

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Johnny Depp's new movie, The Lone Ranger, has been anticipated by many... though the casting of Depp as Tonto has been derided by many more.

Does the casting decisions take away from the enjoyment of the movie? Should Armie Hammer's The Lone Ranger ride again?

Take a look at the critics' reviews here, compare them to Despicable Me 2 reviews, then make your decision as to which movie you head out to see this holiday weekend!

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

There's no shame in getting upstaged by Johnny Depp. Coming up third behind a dead crow, however, signals trouble. - Greg Evans, Bloomberg News

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Despicable Me 2 is the sequel to the incredibly entertaining and adorable Despicable Me.

It brings back star voices Steve Carrell, Kristin Wiig and Russell Brand from the original movie, while adding the talents of Ken Jeong and Benjamin Bratt. But does all this star power add up to another good movie?

Let's head to the critics' reviews and see how it all shakes out!

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The scope of the 'toon espionage-adventure goings-on is surprisingly limited. But the filmmakers so clearly love working on these characters, their creative joy is infectious. - Tom Russo, Boston Globe

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The Heat generated the wrong kind of heat across the Internet a few weeks ago, as star Melissa McCarthy was Photoshopped down to a smaller size in at least one movie poster.

As for the film itself? Will it leave viewers out in the cold?

Read through these White House Down reviews, compare them to what critics are saying about The Heat, and decide which movie to attend this weekend now...

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Give these ladies a genuinely smart, funny script -- and give McCarthy more to play than what has become a tiresome tomboy shtick -- and there's no telling what liberated heights they can reach. - The Washington Post

The cookie-cutter plot might have worked if the jokes were good. - The Toronto Star

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The making of White House Down is responsible for the making of Channing All Over Your Tatum.

So the movie has clearly already paid off.

But is the blockbuster, which hits theaters today, worthy of your time and money? Critics from around the country weigh in below...

Channing Tatum Jamie Foxx White House Down

White House Down is the kind of celebration of rampant mayhem in which everyone seems to have a rocket launcher -- or at least a live hand grenade -- at the ready, just in case they need to dispatch a scrum of exceptionally vile and cruel villains. - The Washington Post

As demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared. - The New York Times

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by Micah J Gordon at . Comments

World War Z stands out from standard Summer blockbuster fare in that it doesn’t simply jump from set piece to set piece in the hopes that the audience will forget what a story is.

That’s not to say World War Z has a tremendously compelling story, but it does have the right elements to make it a successful Summer flick: high stakes, clearly outlined objectives, and an awareness of its own flashy destruction.

Brad Pitt World War Z

Despite what it may have seemed from the trailer, scores of people don’t die in World War Z simply because it looks cool.

They die because the story requires that they die. Compare that with your Star Trek Into Darknesses and your Man of Steels, and this film is already ahead.

The (somewhat controversial, if you’ve been following the production’s history) ending furthers that point, in a way that I actually find quite refreshing given the mass, unaddressed destruction that seems to be a requisite part of every action movie of late.

But, let’s start with the opening.

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