Published Jul 12, 2013French new wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard once said, "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun." Though a lot has changed since Godard's glory days in the early '60s (like, you know, the inclusion of a thing or two besides girls and guns), one thing that hasn't is the age-old pursuit of finding a good movie. To help you on your journey, we've highlighted a few of the films coming to theatres this week, below. For more reviews of the week's releases, head on over to our Recently Reviewed every Friday.
First up, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro does his best Godzilla impression in the mecha-anime-inspired monster mash-up Pacific Rim. But is this orgiastic action film truly the granddaddy of all cinematic summer spectacles? Click through to find out.
Happy Madison Productions continues its relentless quest to destroy Adam Sandler's legacy in the asinine buddy comedy Grown Ups 2. Suffering from a lacklustre plot and limited character development, according to our reviewer, "this is less a film than a glorified opportunity for Sandler and his friends to hang out for a few months."
Next, Interview with a Vampire director Neil Jordan returns to the world of blood-sucking drama in the hauntingly beautiful Byzantium, while the politically-motivated re-enactment of 2001's G8 Summit, Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood, lacks emotional maturity and self-awareness.
Finally, directorial newcomer Aram Rappaport shows the darker side of marketing in the consumer culture commentary Syrup. But is this anti-establishment narrative less clever than it thinks? You'll have to read our review to find out.
Of course, those aren't all the movies in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on even more films.