The weekend warriors of December 6, 2013 includes Out of the Furnace and Inside Llweyn Davis. 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 Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen took it to the house, breaking box office records everywhere. They’ll both have some more room to grow as only one Rated R wide release opens this weekend, giving kids enough ammunition to drag their parents to the theaters again for repeat viewings.
Can the grisly tale of Braddock, Pennsylvania starring Christian Bale over throw a snowman and a mockingjay? Swear to me! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Out of the Furnace (Rated R) 116 min – (Directed by Scott Cooper) Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, and Forest Whitaker
Synopsis: When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 52% • Audience –63%
There isn’t really much to like about Out of the Furnace. The film has very little charisma or personality, the actors kind of sleep walk through their roles, and the story is less than desiring to bear witness. Very little to none of the story is inherently relatable and the film drags on and on. It could have been cut down by at least 30 minutes and wouldn’t have lost any thing. If you love the idea of shoving a hot dog down your dates throat then this movie is for you. SKIP IT!
Inside Llewyn Davis [Limited] (Rated R) 105 min – (Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake
Synopsis: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 94% • Audience – 84%
Whether you’ve seen the trailer or not, when you hear Coen Brothers, you know what you’re getting yourself into. The best dark comedy writer/directors in the business. Their ode to 1960s folk music is cold and beautiful. Oscar Isaacs captivates the screen with his performance and musical talents. There is a lot to chew on after you leave this film. Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the most subtle movies the Coens have ever done, adding once again a very solid entry into their filmography. SEE IT!
The grim drama Out of the Furnace has really no shot with its R rating. It’s highly unlikeable and doesn’t present a good time for anyone. And Inside Llewyn Davis is only in four theaters this weekend. This will be the third weekend for Catching Fire and the young adult crowd is most likely saving their coins for Christmas while parents hold all the cash to take their children to see Frozen one more time. With its positive vibes and fantasy fun Disney spirit, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: