The warriors for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14, 2013 includes A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven, Beautiful Creatures, and Escape from Planet Earth. 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 was kind of rough. Nothing too exciting came out, but Side Effects was a bit of a under the radar surprise hit. Identity Thief may have won the box office, but it was pretty much a stinker. This weekend there is a lot to choose from. And also, the Oscars are only 10 days away. Get your ballots ready!
How will our four contenders fair? Nicholas Sparks is bringing love back while Bruce Willis would rather die hard. One young adult fiction adaptation based on witches looks to steal the riches from a few little blue aliens this weekend too. Yippie kay yay, this is the Box Office Battlefield:
Safe Haven (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Lasse Hallström) Starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, and David Lyons
Synopsis: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 13% • Audience – 70%
Making my most unwanted of the year list, Safe Haven has very little appeal besides the gimmick of what secrets lie in the past of our female protagonist. The trailer isn’t too appetizing and leaves little to the imaginations. The critics don’t appear to fond for the film and I don’t blame them. Safe Haven looks very safe and very flat. Queue love scene in the rain. NETFLIX IT!
A Good Day to Die Hard (Rated R) – (Directed by John Moore) Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, and Sebastian Koch
Synopsis: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 82% • Audience – 82%
Things aren’t looking too good for the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise. Critics seem to hate it and positive buzz is scarce from what I can tell. It is a very short sequel – 97 minutes – and the trailer practically shows the entire movie. There is nothing left in the tank for Die Hard. I don’t think this will be a great watch and I wouldn’t waste my money seeing this at an IMAX. NETFLIX IT!
Beautiful Creatures (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Richard LaGravenese) Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, and Emma Thompson
Synopsis: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 44% • Audience – 78%
Who asked for this series to be made? There’s no big craze for this movie unlike Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games. Why bother on such a no-name property? It looks pretty cheesy, but seems to ask a lot of interesting questions. There may almost be too much going on that could stuffy up the film and struggle to nail down each thread. NETFLIX IT!
Escape from Planet Earth (Rated PG) – (Directed by Cal Brunker) Starring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Sofia Vergara, Paul Scheer, and Jonathan Morgan Heit
Synopsis: Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – xx% • Audience – xx%
Animated movies like Escape from Planet Earth just feel too childish. It may appeal to very young audiences, but you have to give the ones taking the children something to grab on to. The animation lacks detail and isn’t interesting to look at. It feels like a lot of aliens are trying to escape from Earth after landing here. (Super 8; Space Invaders; E.T.; Thor; Paul; District 9; Coneheads.) SKIP IT!
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com