Review Roundup: GHOST TOWN, LAKEVIEW TERRACE

By at September 19, 2008 | 11:56 pm | Print

Last week, Tyler Perry proved once again that his films open very strong… even though they don’t play in all major American markets. Perry’s The Family That Preys finished the week with nearly an identical box office take as Righteous Kill, a movie that boasts Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and almost 1100 more screens than Perry’s film.

This week balances a romantic dramedy with a domestic thriller. I’m reading that sentence again and thinking maybe I made up those genres just now. Ah hell, it’s late.

:: GHOST TOWN
Rotten Tomatoes: 87 / 100
Metacritic: 72 / 100
filmcritic.com: 2 / 5

Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town
It seems like this is Ricky Gervais’ time, so if you’re a fan of his from BBC’s The Office or HBO’s Extras, jump on and enjoy. In Ghost Town, he plays a tailor-made role that demands his dry, snooty, oh-go-away British wit, and Tea Leoni matches him note for note. The response is that Gervais’ performance is so good, it lifts writer-director David Koepp’s run-of-the-mill material out of the mill.

:: LAKEVIEW TERRACE
Rotten Tomatoes: 43 / 100
Metacritic: 45 / 100
filmcritic.com: 1.5 / 5

Samuel L. Jackson in Lakeview Terrace
“I am sick and tired of the motherfuckin’ neighbors in this motherfuckin’ neighborhood!” Samuel L. Jackson gets to pound his chest as an angry cop reacting to some new homeowners that piss him off. This thriller is practically sitting in the middle of the critical seesaw, so you’ll probably have to judge for yourself.

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