After a two and a half year hiatus, I am bringing back BOX OFFICE BATTLEFIELD. For those of you who do not know what that means, Box Office Battlefield is my weekly rundown of the movie releases of the upcoming weekend. Like a short version of what films you should see during the year. In the film industry, weekends can be bloodbaths and only one can reign victorious. Each weekend, movie studios enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everyone can afford to see every film that is released. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others. The weekend warriors for September 21, 2012 are Dredd 3D, End of Watch, Trouble with the Curve, House at the End of the Street, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Now before we begin, I just want to state that these are just my opinions, based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth. I do not take into consideration the Rotten Tomato scores or read critics’ reviews of films I look forward to see. Movies I could care less about seeing I look at the Rotten Tomato scores from time to time.
This weekend we see an old man cling to his glory days, a remake of a classic Stallone film, a buddy cop action thriller, Jennifer Lawrence not playing Katniss Everdeen, and Hermione Granger cheering up a loner while Ezra miller doesn’t try and kill you with his glare.
Dredd 3D (Directed by Pete Travis) Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Langley Kirkwood, Junior Singo, and Luke Tyler
Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
I brushed this film off when I first heard about it – who needs another remake right? Boy was I wrong. I saw the first teaser and compared it to The Raid: Redemption – if you do not know what The Raid is, find this movie and watch it immediately. Dredd 3D screened at Comic-Con 2012 this past summer and it got gleaming reviews and even the 3D was praised. Even if you don’t like 3D, I suggest you go see this in 2D. I’m totally basing this suggestion off of it’s high praise and visual action sequences, but I have a feeling this film will be the bee’s knees. SEE IT!
End of Watch(Directed by David Ayer) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, and David Harbour
Synopsis: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.
Another film I felt pretty ‘meh’ about but have only hear good things. It looks like the action is full of raw intensity. It looks as if the film is shot as a found footage film and a regular movie – much like District 9. The chemistry looks strong between Peña and Gyllenhaal, and who could resist seeing a movie with Anna Kendrick in it that isn’t Twilight? And the story looks pretty compelling as well. SEE IT!
House at the End of the Street (Directed by Mark Tonderai) Starring Elisabeth Shue, Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, and Gil Bellows
Synopsis: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.
I’m not really sure what this movie is about, whether it is a haunting or a killer. I honestly copied and pasted the synopsis without reading it. I try to avoid as much marketing for horrors as I can. This film interested me because of Jennifer Lawrence, so I wanted to keep my exposure to the film at a minimum. Based on what I’ve accidentally seen/heard, I don’t think this film will quite live up to my expectations. Besides its dumb name and how close it is to The Last House on the Left, I fear that for once a horror movie won’t help this star’s career. RENT IT!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Directed by Stephen Chbosky) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd
Synopsis: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Opening in a very limited release to start off, this adaptation of the highly praised book, written by the director, looks to be promising, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving. My biggest concern is that it will feel too pretentious, convoluted about life, and pander to hipsters who read this book before it was cool. With Emma Watson – and her ability to turn a scene around with one little eye movement – this film has got to be good right? Based on my assumption that everyone has loved the book, this film should be a good time. SEE IT!
Trouble with the Curve (Directed by Robert Lorenz) Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Scott Eastwood, and Joe Massingill
Synopsis: An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.
I feel as though this film won’t be saying anything new or pushing the limit of what previous films of this caliber have done before. The only saving grace to this film is the cast. Clint Eastwood pushes it in Gran Torino, and this just looks like a sequel with his relationship with his children. I just hope there are a lot of ridiculous one-liners like in Torino for Eastwood to deliver. RENT IT!
If you’re interested in some smaller films, check out these titles that are also releasing this weekend: About Cherry, 17 Girls, Backwards, Unconditional, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, and How to Survive a Plague
All synopses and credits come courtesy of IMDb