Box Office Battlefield: Broken City, The Last Stand, and Mama

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The weekend warriors for January 18, 2013 includes Broken City, The Last Stand, and Mama. 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 at the cinemas… Zero Dark Thirty came up with a surprising upset to dethrone Leatherface as Texas Chainsaw 3D dropped an astonishing 75% in box office ticket sales. A Haunted House was absolutely horrendous and Gangster Squad didn’t perform as well as studios had expected.

Arnold said he would be back, but is that good enough to hold off the paranormal or Marky Mark? Goo goo gah gah, baby, this is the Box Office Battlefield:

Mama Movie Title

Mama (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Andrés Muschietti) Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, and Isabelle Nélisse

Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 58% • Audience –81%

Mama has generic horror written all over it. There is nothing very challenging about the story and the CGI effects of Mama are horrendous. Child actors in horror are generally very bad and typically unlikeable, but these girls do a pretty good job. Jessica Chastain does a great job for what she is given but the story lacks any creativity and rushes to find an end. NETFLIX IT, MAYBE?!

The Last Stand Movie Title

The Last Stand (Rated R) – (Directed by Jee-woon Kim) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and Rodrigo Santoro

Synopsis: The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 62% • Audience – 80%

He’s back. Sure the premise is eye rolling, and adding Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzmán doesn’t really help The Last Stand’s cause, but from what I hear this film is a damn good time — and that intrigues me. I’m sure it embraces the camp and utilizes Arnold in only the best way possible, but I still hold my reservations. RENT IT!

Broken City Title

Broken City (Rated R) – (Directed by Allen Hughes) Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Jeffrey Wright

Synopsis: In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 22% • Audience – 71%

After Catherine Zeta Jones seems to be popping up every where these days, and based on what she has been in (Rock of Ages; Playing for Keeps; Lay the Favorite), I can assume this movie is going to be pretty awful. I wish Mark Wahlberg would stick to the straight man comedy because he has such a strange ability to be so good at it. I think the biggest problem with Broken City is that the story looks rather boring and dull. SKIP IT!

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column providing analysis of whether you should see, rent, or pass on 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.

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