The weekend warriors for March 15, 2013 includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Call, and the limited release of Spring Breakers. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Oz The Great and Powerful dominated the box office and shows no signs of slowing down. But with two decent sized releases coming out this weekend, the Wicked Witch of the West may want to watch out for a downpour. There’s nowhere but up from here with awards season over.
Will card tricks and slight of hand work against the great and powerful Oz? Or will Halle Berry’s Jheri curl tangle up the movie going experience? Abracadabra this is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Don Scardino) Starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini
Synopsis: When a street magician’s stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act – and their friendship – by staging their own daring stunt.
Wonderstone isn’t the most original story ever, but it has its moments. With a star studded cast and a promise of magical fun, how could it go wrong? If you’re looking for laughs, Wonderstone has a good amount of gags; therein lies the problem. The story suffers from trying to fit too many gags in while we are left with hollowed shells of characters that provide nothing of interest. Once we get the basic sense of who these people are, it’s gag after gag attempting to impress us like a magic trick. But don’t be fooled. Olivia Wilde is the highlight of the film, but she is poorly utilized. MATINEE IT!
The Call (Rated R) – (Directed by Brad Anderson) Starring Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Ecklund, and Roma Maffia
Synopsis: When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.
This is a case of horrendous marketing. For the last few months I have been waiting in anticipation to see how ridiculous The Call would be based on a trailer that ruins the movie. It looks like a TV movie or a parody of a movie similar to this. Halley Berry’s hair alone should indicate how campy this movie is. But that’s the best part of the experience. The director embraces the camp, runs with the story, and creates a pretty great tension filled ride. This isn’t a great film, but like Taken, The Call is a fun time. SEE IT! (I’m seriously not joking.)
Spring Breakers [Limited] (Rated R) – (Directed by Harmony Korine) Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco
Synopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
What can be said about Spring Breakers that isn’t shown in the trailer. It has been at least over a year now since I’ve been waiting for the arrival of this silly, silly movie and I’m happy it’s finally here. Unfortunately, the film is only out in NY and LA right now, but will open up next weekend. If bikini clad Disney stars wielding guns and neon ski masks tagging along with a cornrowed James Franco with a grill in his mouth doesn’t pique your interest, I’m sorry. The buzz from SXSW says this was a so-so movie. MATINEE IT!
A few more, smaller limited releases are also hitting theaters. From Up on Poppy Hill, the new Studio Ghibli film about a group of teens who fight to save their school’s clubhouse in 1964 Tokyo. Studio Ghibli films are always a treat, so I would seek this one out.
Upside Down – a tale about Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) who fall in love, but are separated due to the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull the opposite direction. The trailer is fascinating enough to give this a shot. It was suppose to come out last year I believe.
And finally there is Ginger & Rosa starring Annette Benning and Elle Fanning. Two great actresses, young and old, who also star with Oliver Platt and Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures). This movie is about the lives of best friends growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms. Good cast. Might be worth seeing.