The weekend warriors for March 28, 2013 (Easter weekend) includes G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host, and Tyler Perry’s Temptation. 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, The Croods triumphed over Oz The Great and Powerful by more than double its box office take. We’re seeing more and more activity in theaters lately, and that’s good. We’re just a month away from May when the summer movie season begins, will G.I. Joe start the season off early this year?
Cobra is back in action and looking to take down the cavement of yesteryear, but don’t count out Stephenie Meyer who is looking to ignite the movie going audience with another book adaptation. And then again, there’s Tyler Perry sneaking popping his head out. Yo Joe! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Rated PG-13) 110 min – (Directed by Jon M. Chu) Starring Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, D.J. Cotrona, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, and Jonathan Pryce
Synopsis: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 31% • Audience – 76%
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a damn shame. I had such high hopes based on the trailer and Jon. M. Chu let me down hard. The action is shot so horrendously, the story is incredibly boring, and there is just no heart or life in this movie at all. The 3D is completely worthless and nothing interesting happens at all. SKIP IT!
The Host (Rated PG-13) 125 min – (Directed by Andrew Niccol) Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger
Synopsis: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 8% • Audience – 71%
Coming from the author of Twilight, Stephanie Meyer, I’m hard pressed to say it, but this looks a lot better than the tween vamp suck fest. But I’ve heard some pretty negative things about The Host. Andrew Niccol isn’t really one of my favorite directors, but he isn’t terrible. Based on what I know about The Twilight Saga, I’m going to go with the source material as the main problem. SKIP IT!
Tyler Perry’s Temptation (Rated PG-13) 111 min – (Directed by Tyler Perry) Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, and Kim Kardashian
Synopsis: An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – N/A% • Audience – 80%
Based on the trailer, Temptation looks like pure trash. From the terrible dialogue to the eye-rolling premise, I just can’t. At least it’s not Madea, but still, this movie is too soap opera like for its own good. Everything feels like a cliché of a cliché. Nothing about Temptation looks original or juicy enough to get into the story to care enough about the characters. SKIP IT!
Aside from the big pictures this weekend, there are a few ankle biters looking to score with their limited releases.
Many women may know the first limited release as the new Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling flick, but The Place Beyond the Pines is a fantastic drama about father-son relationships and the consequences we must face from the choices we make. It’s a very elegant piece, with a thrilling screenplay, but a slow burn. I would definitely seek this out as soon as it reaches a theater near you.
Room 237 has gotten a lot of buzz based on it’s context: a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. I dig it. The Shining is a great movie, but not so sure it would be that fun to watch a documentary about the theories of the movie in a movie theater. Seems like more of Netflix watch.
Now Wrong appeals to me based on the director, Quentin Dupieux. As his follow up to Rubber, Wrong has the same kind of goofy presence to it. I’ve heard decent things about it and it may be something movie goers should seek if they want to go far away from the mainstream.
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com