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. Beware criminal crooks, or you’ll craps your pants! Yep, it’s just another day in the wild ways of Vegas, inspiring this week’s 24 Frames gallery: an all-you-can-watch buffet of best and worst movies (with at least 20 reviews) set mostly to wholly in Sin City! Sleepless
(1995, 90%) Leaving Las Vegas
Critics Consensus: Oscar-awarded Nicolas Cage finds humanity in his character as it bleeds away in this no frills, exhilaratingly dark portrait of destruction.
(1964, 85%) Viva Las Vegas
Ann-Margret keeps Elvis on his toes and together they elevate Viva Las Vegas into a naughty and rockin’ mild delight.
(2001, 82%) Ocean’s Eleven
As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean’s Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
(1995, 80%) Casino
Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
(2009, 79%) The Hangover
With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
(2003, 77%) The Cooler
A small movie elevated by superb performances.
(1971, 67%) Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it’s still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.
(1992, 61%) Honeymoon in Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas is a light screwball comedy that has just about what you expect (and nothing you don’t).
(1998, 49%) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development.
(1960, 48%) Ocean’s Eleven
Easygoing but lazy, Ocean’s Eleven blithely coasts on the well-established rapport of the Rat Pack royalty.
(2013, 46%) Last Vegas
The cast of Last Vegas keep things amiably watchable, but the film is mostly a mellower Hangover retread for the older set.
(1998, 44%) Very Bad Things
Mean-spirited and empty.
(2008, 40%) The Grand
The Grand has moments of comic ingenuity, but the jokes in this poker satire often miss.
(1993, 38%) Indecent Proposal
Lurid but acted with gusto, Indecent Proposal has difficultly keeping it up beyond its initial titillating premise.
(2008, 36%) 21
21 could have been a fascinating study had it not supplanted the true story on which it is based with mundane melodrama.
(2013, 36%) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves up some goofy laughs, but given its outrageous conceit, it’s surprisingly safe and predictable.
(2007, 29%) Lucky You
Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.
(2008, 27%) What Happens In Vegas
What Happens in Vegas has a few laughs, but mostly settles for derivative romantic comedy conventions and receives little help from a pair of unlikable leads.
(2014, 23%) Think Like A Man Too
Think Like a Man Too reunites its predecessor’s talented cast, but fails to take their characters in new or interesting directions.
(1995, 19%) Showgirls
Vile, contemptible, garish, and misogynistic — and that might just be exactly Showgirls‘ point.
(2005, 15%) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Dangerous
Sandra Bullock is still as appealing as ever; too bad the movie is not pageant material.
(2001, 14%) 3000 Miles To Graceland
While the premise sounds promising, the movie turns out to be a tedious and unnecessarily violent heist movie that’s low on laughs and leaves no cliche unturned.
(1997, 13%) Vegas Vacation
The Vacation franchise hits rock-bottom in this corny and tepid trip to sinfully laugh-free city.
(2015, 5%) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Bathed in flop sweat and bereft of purpose, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 strings together fat-shaming humor and Segway sight gags with uniformly unfunny results.