Photo: Ben Glass, courtesy of Warner Bros. PicturesWelcome to the Thrillist Beerometer: because watching any movie -- even Twilight -- can be fun with the right amount of liquid refreshment. Each week, Thrillist's crack team of scientists is doing extensive research so you know exactly how many pre-show beers you'll need to make the most of your time at the multiplex. And if you're stuck watching Twilight, well, you might want to invest in a kegerator.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Who's in it: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin, Tony Soprano
What it is: Carell and Buscemi star as two popular Vegas magicians in horrible wigs (think Carell as Barry Manilow and Buscemi as a chihuahua in a Bieber wig) who square off against Carrey's Criss Angel-ish street magician, whose show, Brain Rapist, threatens their old-school shtick. Wilde, her spandex, and Arkin show up in supporting roles and wigs.
Beerometer rating: 5 Goofball comedies -- where many jokes are derived from ridiculous costumes and watching people get whacked in the junk -- are always funnier when you've had more than a few. And the hilarity of watching Carrey flail around smashing his head into things goes up exponentially after a few rounds… Seriously, when was the last time you watched Ace Ventura stone-sober?
What it is: The week's second movie featuring goofy wigs and a Soprano finds Berry and her Sideshow Bob wig teaming up to play a 911 operator who gets a call from an abducted Abigail Breslin, who's been stuffed in a trunk by a serial killer. Berry races to find the girl's location before it's too late
Beerometer rating: 3The Call is a pretty tense thriller, and the more jump-scares you don't see coming the better in a film that plays out like a cross between CSI and that Ryan Reynolds movie where he's in a coffin the whole time. Minus one beer if you're claustrophobic, since much of the film is spent trapped in a small space with a screaming girl… kind of like a really dark R. Kelly hip-hopera.
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