A few thoughts on San Andreas and Aloha



Aloha ... 1.5 Stars

Cameron Crowe has written and directed some wonderful films, including Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous. This is not wonderful, not at all. In fact, it's a little worse than Elizabethtown, his previous worst offering. Bradley Cooper arrives in Hawaii to do ... something ... for his former boss, played by Bill Murray (I know these names are impressive, but don't be misled — this is not a fitting showcase for their talents). He reconnects with an old flame (Rachel McAdams), encounters a possible new one (Emma Stone) and ... man, it's depressing just writing about this movie.

PG-13, in wide release

San Andreas ... 3.0 Stars

Solid disaster movie with a twist. Instead of leaping between multiple storylines, the film sticks to two. The first follows a group of earthquake-predicting scientists (led by Paul Giamatti). The second focuses on helicopter rescue pilot Ray (Dwayne Johnson), who ditches everything to rescue his wife (Carla Gugio) and daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when the big one hits. He's very effective, but when things settle down, he's going to have a lot of 'splaining to do to his bosses.

PG-13, in wide release


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