The World’s End – The most fun to be had at a theater all summer. Superman, Star Trek and their insane budgets can suck it. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and his two muses (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) complete their trifecta of genre movie love. After manipulating the tropes of zombie and cop movies the trio have turned their sights on the alien invasion flick but done it by way of a drinking movie. Wright’s direction is electrifying as always and Pegg and Frost maintain the kind of convincing and cathartic on-screen chemistry that has made them nerd movie gods. Silly as Hell but whip smart and not to be missed. Not many people may be saying it now but this is the best of their films together. Easily. Like everything these boys have done together the larger audience seems to miss the boat but the cool kids know. If you’re one of the cool kids, you know who you are, it’s an experience which will not disappoint.
The Way, Way Back – One of the sleeper hits of the summer isn’t anything more than your average coming of age movie 101. Sullen and insular young teenager goes to beach for the summer with Mom and her asshole boyfriend and learns life lessons. Cliches run rampant and asshole characters lurk behind every corner. Sam Rockwell, who looks like he may be turning into the new Bill Murray, turns on the left field, stream of conscious wit and almost makes the movie worth watching. Almost. Adventureland was way better.