The weekend warriors for November 2, 2012 includes Wreck-it Ralph, The Man with the Iron Fists, and Flight along with a few, choice limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of upcoming movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everyone can afford to see each one. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Cloud Atlas was unable to over throw Argo, but it was fresh enough to overtake Paranormal Activity 4. And I just saw Fun Size. Don’t go see Fun Size – this wouldn’t even be a good laugh for tweens. For the weekend of November 2, 2012, Disney brings classic video game characters to the big screen and introduce a new hero/villain, Denzel Washington hopes you remember he use to make good movies, and rapper turned actor/director RZA teams with Tarantino to turn Russell Crowe into a badass again. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Wreck-It Ralph (Directed by Rich Moore) Starring the voices of John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman
Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Has Disney Animation Studios finally figured out the Pixar formula? With Wreck-it Ralph, the House of Mouse looks to capitalize on not just kid friendly animation, but also pull on the heartstrings of nerds from the 1980s as well. The trailer for Wreck-it Ralphmakes this film look spectacular and a hell of a good time. And like most animated movies, I’m sure the 3D is pretty wonderful too. I’m not the biggest fan of John C. Reilly or Sarah Silverman, but their voices seem to be the perfect fit for their characters. SEE IT!
The Man with the Iron Fists (Directed by RZA) Starring Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, and RZA
Synopsis: On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
I can’t truly explain where this movie came from, but I hope it succeeds with whatever it is trying to accomplish. This hyper violent Kung-Fu movie has so much Tarantino flare with a mixture of balls to the wall action that you’d think the director of Kick-Ass was behind it. Serving up Russell Crowe in a very unorthodox role, along with Lucy Lui, this film looks like a great time… for certain people. If you’re looking for a ridiculous, over the top action movie with tons of blood, sex, and violence, SEE IT! If not, or maybe it kind of interests you, RENT IT!
Flight (Directed by Robert Zemeckis) Starring Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington, Carter Cabassa, Don Cheadle, and Adam C. Edwards
Synopsis: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.
Earlier this year we saw Denzel in Safe House, which performed rather poorly. Before that, it was two years ago when we last saw him in Tony Scott’s Unstoppable and also The Book of Eli. American Gangster, back in 2007 is his most recent success that I see within his filmography. So what happened? Flight does look very cookie cutter, something that is trying to be controversial, while throwing on the puppy dog eyes begging for Oscar recognition.
From the trailer it looks like Denzel is just sleepwalking through his role. I want my Training Day/Remember the Titans Denzel back, this seems too safe for him. It’s directed by Forrest Gump and Back to the Future director, Robert Zemeckis. I’ve heard decent things, but nothing too memorable about it. If you like Denzel, SEE IT, otherwise RENT IT!
Coming off the success of The Master and Seven Pscyhopaths, A Late Quartet stars Phillip Seymor Hoffman and Christopher Walken. If you’re into the idea that four fantastic musicians who play brilliantly together struggle to stand one another, then A Late Quartet is right up your alley.
If you want to see Sean Penn dress like some creepy Tim Burton like fellow for two hours, be my guest and go see This Must be the Place. It was originally slated for 2011, but ended up being delayed to a theater release until now.
Another found footage is crawling onto the screen, although it’d be pretty hard to find. The Bay is out in very limited release, and it looks creepy as hell. I’ve read, that it is 2/3 of a great movie with big ambitions that can’t deliver. We’ll just have to see for ourselves now won’t we?
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column suggesting whether you should see, rent, or pass movies that are about to release. All of my opinions are based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth.