The weekend warriors for October 19, 2012 include Paranormal Activity 4, Alex Cross, and The Sessions. 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.
Last weekend, Taken 2 remained on top while Argo was revered by critics. wasn’t able to stack up against the competition. For the weekend of October 19, 2012 Tyler Perry will try to show that he is more than just a man in a cheap cross-dressing outfit, a demonic presence will haunt another family, and a man with polio will be touched for the very first time.
Alex Cross (Directed by Rob Cohen) Starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, and Edward Burns
Synopsis: A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain.
It’s about time for Tyler Perry to hang up his drag and try something a little different. Perhaps South Parkmay be a little responsible for this. Matthew Fox looks like he is a bit intimidating, but something tells me that the story is not as compelling as the trailer lives up to be. I think this is a pretty straight forward, murder mystery case – cop hunts psychopath – where lives close to him are on the line. I think there are better movies out there right now than this, but it shows semi-potential. RENT IT!
Paranormal Activity 4 (Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman) Starring Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, and Brady Allen
Synopsis: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.
By now you have probably made up your mind whether or not you’re going to see this film. Being the fourth film in the series, if you have gone as far as the third and have continued to feel a chill, I’m going to assume you’ll go for the fourth. It’s all about the spectacle of the movie theater outing, which I praise this series for. Just like the Sawfranchise, it has become a bit of tradition. If they can muster up the same creative scares as the third film, PA 4 will succeed. To avoid spoilers, I wouldn’t watch the trailer if I were you. SEE IT!
The Sessions (Directed by Ben Lewin) Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, and Moon Bloodgood
Synopsis: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
If you’re looking for an honest, sweet comedy about love, life, and the human condition, The Sessions is for you. The acting by John Hawkes is superb, but the depth of the character, thanks to the script, only goes so far. This film won’t be for everyone, it is a bit out there in terms of conventional movies, and could prove very uncomfortable for some. It is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, and it is really an interesting story. Check out the trailer, it will really help make a decision, but I say RENT IT!
There are a few limited releases that may pique your interest. If you are down with the folks with Anonymous and dig their happenings, check out We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists. I watched the trailer for The First Time and it looks like a by-the-books type of complicated teen romance film. Nothing too special, I don’t think it would be something to take a date to. Nobody Walks sounds pretty boring to me, but I liked Olivia Thirlby in Dredd. And then there was That’s What She Said. Somebody was going to make a movie based off that title sooner or later, and it might have well be a movie with Anne Heche in it. I would avoid that film like the plague.
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.