Central Standard Friday
8:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen

Fruitvale Station was released on July 26 and depicts the life of Oscar Grant who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in 2009.
Credit Significant Productions

For more than a century writers and directors have based films on real life events. From the life of Thomas Edison to the battle of Gettysburg — actual events and real-life stories often make the best films.

Friday on Central Standard movie critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby and John Tibbets share reviews of movies out right now, plus they'll discuss how Hollywood handles real-life events. When is making a film too soon after the event? When has Hollywood gotten it right, and when have they gotten it wrong?

Opened on July 26:
The Wolverine (PG-13) - 3 out of 5 stars
The To-Do List (R) - 2 out of 5 stars
Fruitvale Station (R) - 4 out of 5 stars
 

Opened on July 31:
The Smurfs 2 (PG) - 2 out of 5 stars

Opened on August 2:
2 Guns (R) - 3 out of 5 stars
 

Opened on August 7:
We're The Millers (R) - 3  out of 5 stars
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (PG) - 2.5 out of 5 stars

Opened on August 9:
Planes (PG) - 2.5 out of 5 stars
Elysium (R) - 3 out of 5 stars
Lovelace (R) - 3 out of 5 stars
The Act of Killing (unrated) - 5 out of 5 stars
 

Opens on August 16:
Lee Daniel's The Butler (PG-13) - 3.5  out of 5 stars
Jobs (PG-13) - 3 out of 5 stars
Kick-Ass 2 (R) - 2 out of 5 stars
The Hunt (R) - 4.5 out of 5 stars

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