The weekend warriors of June 6, 2014 includes Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars. 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, Maleficent snuffed out those no good mutants to come out on top of the box office. This weekend we have some real contenders. Summer love or
Groundhog Day Tom Cruise? LIVE. DIE. REPEAT. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman) Rated PG-13 [113 min] – An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 89% • Audience – 91%
Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. That is the theory I’m going to go on until I see Edge of Tomorrow tomorrow. I’ve seen nothing but good reviews online:
“No, Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t reinvent the cinematic wheel, but it cruises along, pun intended, by merging familiar ideas into something that’s engaging and original.” – Anders Wright (U-T San Diego)
“The metaphorical overlay of fantasy and history is the best thing Edge of Tomorrow has to offer — and, for much of its running time, that overlay is enough to lend the movie a shiver of curious power.” – Richard Brody (New Yorker)
I’ve been looking forward to this film since its teaser trailer and I’m always up to watch Emily Blunt kick some ass. SEE IT!
The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone) Rated PG-13 [125 min] – Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Laura Dern
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 81% • Audience – 94%
As one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer movie season by hopeless romantics everywhere, The Fault in Our Stars boasts a lot of positive expectations going into it. And other critics must have a soft spot in their hearts for this one:
“Hazel and Augustus will live in film lore because of the young actors who play them.” – Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine)
“The Fault In Our Stars is a snappy and resonant teenage weepie, blessed with sparks of wit and buoyed by the talents of a charismatic cast.” – A.A. Dowd (The AV Club)
Bring the tissues. SEE IT!
Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre) [Limited] Rated R [83 min] – A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, and Gabe Liedman
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 90% • Audience – 83%
I cannot get the idea of Mona Lisa Ralphio played by Jenny Slate in Parks and Rec out of my head and so Obvious Child does not really appeal to me. But it has garnered great reviews:
“The heart of the film lies in what it manages to say, without boldface or italics, about how hard it is for Donna, like so many of her anxious cohort, to make genuine connections, to break free of narcissistic constraints and become a stand-up grown-up.” Joe Morgenstern (The Wall Street Journal)
“Life is awkward, emotions are unfiltered, it all unfolds with a raw, R-rated edge.” – Betsy Sharkey (LA Times)
I would give it a shot if I were really bored. MATINEE IT!
The Sacrament (Ti West) [Limited] Rated R [95 min] – A newsteam trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering “Eden Parish” and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, and Amy Seimetz
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 64% • Audience – 59%
I’m a fan of Ti West’s previous work (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), and this looks like an interesting departure from his subtle work. However other critics have not found it all too appealing:
“Enough solid dramatic moments that make it far more interesting than the typical “found footage” movie.” – Edward Douglas (ShockTilYouDrop.com)
“t’s not just bad, it’s infuriating.” – Jordan Hoffman (Film.com)
This year has not been kind to horror movies. And it doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better. WATCH IT ON NETFLIX!
As much as folks were drawn toward the new Disney live-action feature, swarms of teens from every corner of the globe will be pining to get a look at the John Green adapted novel. But don’t count out Tom Cruise, he may be the last big Hollywood blockbuster star we have left, and the positive reviews. Perhaps couples will go on double features. TFIOS for the ladies and EoT for the guys. But those teens and hopeless romantics will most likely take over the cinemas. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: The Fault in Our Stars
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