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MOVIE REVIEWS: Should You See “The LEGO Movie 2,” “What Men Want” or “The Prodigy?”

Trying to figure out what movie to see this weekend? Is The LEGO Movie 2 worth your cash or should you take your girlfriends see Taraji P. Henson’s What Men Want? What about that new scary one, The Prodigy? If you’re looking for a flick this weekend and just can’t decide which one, let me help!

All you need to know about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is that it’s essentially the same movie (in a good way). This one picks up exactly where the first left off, so it has the same cast, writers and basic vibe. The story is more cohesive this time around though, and The LEGO Movie 2 offers a more satisfying ending so it’s even a little better than the first. If you or your kids loved The LEGO Movie in 2014, you will definitely enjoy the second one so don’t hesitate to spend that ticket money!

The critics aren’t singing the praises of What Men Want (it’s trending around 48% on Rotten Tomatoes right now), but don’t scratch it off your list entirely. No, it isn’t very inspired and I think we can all agree that a movie about men’s actual thoughts would NOT be rated PG-13, but What Men Want is still light-hearted fun. It also features a go-for-broke performance by Taraji P. Henson and Eryka Badu, who almost steals the whole movie. If you were planning a big Girls’ Night Out around this movie, I wouldn’t cancel my plans due to the reviews. Just know that What Men Want is cute but predictable, and see it where you can get plenty of wine.

(This trailer is extremely long, but the best part kicks in around 3:30. Yikes!)
I didn’t get to see The Prodigy, but I gave away free passes to it and asked the winners to write mini-reviews for me. Only one of them did (Jeez, thanks guys!), but this is what he had to say: “The movie started off with a lot of potential, starting with the young actor really believing in his adorability. The movie also offered a few scares that were perfectly timed, but then went a little off the rails with the script. Some of the decisions made by the mother and father were just beyond belief. The ending was what lost me, and made me think it was just a so-so attempt. I wish there was a better ending, but I guess as long as it was better than any of those sinister remakes, then at least it’s a passable horror film. -Bryant Smith”
Well, that’s a bummer. Especially for a movie that had to be reedited because test-audiences were screaming too loud and missing key plot-points (read about that HERE). The Prodigy is hitting around 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, so Bryant isn’t alone in his assessment. I know many people who would take a lame Horror Flick over Anything Else though, so just keep your expectations in check and have fun!

Remember to check the Free Movie Passes page to see what I’m giving away right now. I currently have freebies to see Isn’t it Romantic and Fighting With My Family, and will adding free screenings throughout the week. Hey, a BAD MOVIE sucks a little less when it’s FREE, so get those passes while you can!

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