The weekend warriors of April 25, 2014 includes The Other Woman, The Quiet Ones, Brick Mansions, and Locke. 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 and determine who will be victorious.
Last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took over the box office to score a hat-trick. With four new contenders out this weekend, and the others still pining for the top spot last week, good ol’ Capt. ‘Merica has his job cut out for him. Can you teach me how to Dougie? This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes) Rated PG-13 [109 min] – After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB. Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 24% • Audience – 66%
Missed this one, I can’t put my finger on exactly why…
“It would have helped if director Nick Cassavetes had something resembling a sure hand at comedy.” – Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter)
“My advice to guys? Step away from the vehicle, because “The Other Woman” is out of control and intent on running down a certain kind of male.” – Betsy Sharkey (LA Times)
Oh yeah, that’s why. Sounds pretty awful. Looks pretty awful. Wouldn’t want to touch this with a twelve and a half-foot pole. SKIP IT!
The Quiet Ones (John Pogue) Rated PG-13 [98 min] – A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process. Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, and Erin Richards
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 39% • Audience – 40%
Audiences and critics agree that this movie is pretty bad. I missed this screening because I didn’t really have the energy to have my love for horror shattered brutally once again by another boring concept.
“Veteran screenwriter John Pogue, in his second directorial outing, tries repeatedly and mostly unsuccessfully to jolt his audience by amping up the abundant sound effects to ear-shattering levels.” – Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
“The Quiet Ones is rated PG-13, but it’s scarier than R-rated gorefests, like “Proxy,” “Nurse 3D,” and “American Mary.” Anyone can create disgust; creating slowly-building disquiet is entirely another proposition.” – James Rocchi (Film.com)
There are some folks who think it to be decent, but I stay weary. NETFLIX IT!
Brick Mansions (Camille Delamarre) Rated PG-13 [90 min] – An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that’s surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city. Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, and Gouchy Boy
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 29% • Audience – 61%
As Paul Walker’s second to last film since FF7 got delayed, Brick Mansions just had such a horrible name and concept that I just couldn’t. It’s like Lockout in the ghetto. But it looks like some audiences had fun with it.
“The action may be serious, but “Brick Mansions” doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a ridiculous movie that has the decency to acknowledge that it’s ridiculous.” – Christy Lemire (RogerEbert.com)
“Outside of a few entertaining action moments, Brick Mansions is a clumsy mess that rarely lands a memorable punch.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)
Seems too silly to be serious and not silly enough to be fun. NETFLIX IT!
Locke (Steven Knight) Rated R [Limited] 85 min – Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence. Starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, and Andrew Scott
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 89% • Audience – 75%
Tom Hardy, the one man show, is there anything this guy can’t do?
“Knight has enough faith in his dialogue (and in Hardy’s ability to perform it) to cloister an entire feature film inside one vehicle, and it’s a gamble that pays off brilliantly.” – Alfonso Duralde (The Wrap)
“As constrictive as the movie gets, it gets there organically, with Knight cutting with purpose between a limited grab bag of close-ups and medium shots, drizzling his images with artificial affects as the tension mounts.” – David Ehrlich (The Dissolve)
I really want to see this when it comes out in San Diego. Damn you limited releases! SEE IT!
Captain America has had his fun now for the last three weeks. There are so many movies out now that the dispersement of dollars is going to go elsewhere. And wheres there’s a new rom-com comes a trove of couples who expect their bae to pay for them. And the bae will comply. There will be some Paul Walker love this weekend, but not much; Brick Mansions is not Fast and Furious. I don’t see too many people flocking to The Quiet Ones because folks may be fatigued by the lack of successful horror movies this year already with Devil’s Due, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Oculus. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: The Other Woman
P.S. Can we pretend the “summer” movie season doesn’t start next weekend… oy where did the time go.
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