- 'The Purge'
The Internship According to Erick Erickson, we males of a certain age are supposed to be directing our recessionary resentments toward the wives who are busting ass to keep us in Hot Pockets. But you can’t make a movie on that theme and snag the all-important chick demo, so writer/star Vince Vaughn has made the millennials his punching bag instead. (Good call, Vince: Young people don’t see many movies in the summertime.) In this middle-age revenge comedy, Vaughn and Owen Wilson are old-school salesmen whose only shot at continued employability entails taking internships at Google and duking it out against the fresh-faced techno-dweebs who are out to deprive them of their rightful place atop the economic food chain. Direction is by Shawn Levy of Night at the Museum fame, which is your joke right there about middle-aged guys who think they deserve jobs. (PG-13) – Steve Schneider
The Purge OK, so it sounds like a mashup of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” Funny Games and the “Landru” episode of Star Trek. So what? Those are all good sources. And the concept of this “speculative thriller” – a family is taken hostage during a 12-hour period in which all crime is legal – could yield some pretty fascinating material if they don’t eff it up. True, writer-director James DeMonaco is the guy who thought Crash would make a fine TV series, which doesn’t bode well; on the other hand, he once made a movie that was all about Staten Island, which means he knows his orgies of lawlessness as well as anybody in the motion-picture business. Fingers crossed. (R) – SS
Violet & Daisy While we all wait breathlessly to find out how a sequel to Kick-Ass can possibly exist in a post-Newtown world, Violet & Daisy will allow us to pretend that our interest in teen killers is purely artistic. Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel play New York hit girls whose work eventually brings them into the orbit of James Gandolfini. (What would that take, like three days?) The movie marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. Remember Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire? He did the basing. (R) – SS