'Fired Up' director Will Gluck hands his 'Scarlet Letter' high school update to Emma Stone and she delivers, making her hard sell pitch for promotion to the A-list look as easy as Sunday morning. Her good girl pretending to be bad has the one thing every smart 'Juno'-esque teen needs: parents in Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson who are hip and understanding. Grade: B-plus.
In spite of its prosaic dramatic trappings, 'Legendary' is brought to fitful life with perceptive performances from its ensemble cast that includes a strong turn from an underrated John Cena and a solid homerun by Patricia Clarkson as the small-town mother of two polar-opposite sons (Cena and Devon Gray). Grade: B-.