In addition to Brave last weekend, I also caught these other flicks in the theater...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (***1/2). A fairly clever and compelling romantic comedy, with great lead performances from Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The plot developments prove a little too convenient at times, but the apocalyptic backdrop provides fodder for some good jokes and adds urgency. I liked the subtle, emotionally charged ending.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (*1/2). Okay, Hollywood. No more vampires, please. They're so done. This plays like some lame Underworld prequel. Going in, with a title like that, you just knew this movie would either be totally kick-ass or a giant pile of shit. Safe to say, it's the latter.
Safety Not Guaranteed (***). This mash of mumblecore indie film and twisty sci-fi yarn succeeds on the strength of its performers. TV stalwarts Mark Duplass (The League), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), and Jake Johnson (New Girl) are all great. The movie entertains without ever really taking off, though the ending is cool. Worth a look.
Stay turned this week for more new reviews: Magic Mike, Ted, and People Like Us. Sorry, I don't think I can stomach Madea's Witness Protection.