The weekend warriors for September 28, 2012 include Looper, Hotel Transylvania, Pitch Perfect, and Won’t Back Down. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of the upcoming movie releases for the weekend. In the film industry, each weekend, movie studios enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everybody 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.
For the weekend of September 28, 2012 expect to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt meet his future self, Adam Sandler ruining another movie genre, teachers not from Chicago on strike, and a rag tag group of misfits singing a capella.
Looper(Directed by Rian Johnson) Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, and Piper Perabo
Synopsis: In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.
Just based on the plot synopsis alone is the hook. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick; The Brothers Bloom), it could be stated that this film is really bold and should it fail, will go down in a glorious fashion. I’m not the biggest fan of Johnson’s other films, but this film had me at hello. You have both JGL and Bruce Willis in one film along with Emily Blunt. Swoon. I unfortunately saw the Rotten Tomatoes score and it is very high, so I expect greater things than I already assumed. This is an obvious must for any weekend film goer. SEE IT!
Hotel Transylvania(Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky) Voice acting by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Ceelo Green, David Spade, and Jon Lovitz
Synopsis: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.
Hotel Transylvania looks good on paper, but as soon as Dracula opened his mouth in the trailer and Adam Sandler’s voice resonated out of him, that was the end. The screenplay was also written by guys who have touched Brüno, the Arthur remake, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. That should give you enough incentive to stay away from this film if you’d like to save money this weekend. Even the animation looks like a step back in the wrong direction. This movie looks too cookie cutter with a dash of nut shot. SKIP IT!
Won’t Back Down (Directed by Daniel Barnz) Starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Holly Hunter
Synopsis: Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
The only redeeming quality I see in this film is Viola Davis. I don’t know how she got dragged down into this B-movie, after school, TNT overkill rerun, but I feel bad for her. It’s a good premise, and maybe if there were different actors in the film I would have cared, but Maggie Gyllenhaal just irks me. Daniel Barnz doesn’t help the films case; he wrote and directed everyone’s favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast last year starring Vanessa Hudgens, Beastly. It looks like a by the books story that tries to cram the point it’s making down your throat. It doesn’t feel like there is any heart or conviction other than in Viola Davis’ acting. RENT IT!
Pitch Perfect(Directed by Jason Moore) Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Synopsis: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
For a first time film director, Jason Moore does a decent job, but it’s writer of 30 Rock, Kay Cannon who really helps bring this film to life – based on the book by Mickey Rapkin. For what this film lacks in direction, the film makes up for in great character chemistry and dynamics. Pitch Perfect is truly one of the best films to have fun at in the theaters. I have gushed enough about Pitch Perfect in the past, so get your butts in the theater! It is currently in select theaters, but will have a wide release next weekend. SEE IT!
The Perks of Being a Wallflowerhas just opened into more theaters and is definitely one you cannot miss. SEE IT!
If you’re into documentaries, The Other Dream Team, based on the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, also releases. Solomon Kane, which looks like a direct to TV SyFy original movie also comes out if you care to waste your money.
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is a pish posh of how I believe these films will play out based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth. I mostly do not take into consideration the Rotten Tomato scores or read critics’ reviews before I see films.