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A strangeness in tonality throughout THE KINGS OF SUMMER starts the film feeling a little at odds with its naturalistic imagery and setting. Seeming to throw random interjections through an off kilter character and editing gives the film an awkward, skewed flow; which could have proved a hindrance, had it not blossomed throughout the film as it ultimately did. THE KINGS OF SUMMER is far from perfect, but through a series of fine performances and memorable scenery, it becomes slowly enveloping.
Familiar narrative tropes of adolescence and epiphanous summer vacations earmark THE WAY WAY BACK, an easy film to relate to and become involved in. While there is very little new throughout, the core of this is quintessential in its portrayal of modern youth and family. It comes down to its delivery to make it stand out, and though it never knows when to quit a joke (Janney and Rockwell, though highlights of the film, quickly lose comedic steam) there is certainly enough here to enjoy.
Three films in one; RIDDICK combines the solidarity of a lone survivor, the hunt of a thriller between mercenary factions, and the horror of alien beasts crashing the party. These cinematic traits hold potential for this character, had it not been for the overbearing similarities this film shares in plot with its first predecessor, and the general lack of quality writing in this latest rehash.