The weekend warriors of June 13, 2014 includes 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. 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, teen girls decided the fate of the cinemas as The Fault in Our Stars conquered the box office. There are two highly anticipated sequels coming out this weekend, can love prevail or will sequels dominate? (INSERT WITTY, RELATABLE MOVIE QUOTE HERE.) This is the Box Office Battlefield:
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois) Rated PG [102 min] – When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Craig Ferguson
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 92% • Audience – 91%
This movie is absolutely awesome. It improves every aspect of the first film in every way and gives audiences a ferocious villain to root against this time. Hiccup and Toothless’ are older, wiser, and better than ever. The dynamic between the two is incredibly fun and emotional. If you haven’t seen the trailer and love the first How to Train Your Dragon, DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILERS. There is a huge plot spoiler in them. If you haven’t seen HTTYD you need to stop reading this and go watch it immediately and then go to the theaters and WATCH THIS MOVIE! The 3D is OK, but nothing too spectacular. (Read my full review here)
22 Jump Street (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) Rated R [112 min] – After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, and Nick Offerman
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 67% • Audience – 64%
I think this movie is way too smart for its own good. It’s about as meta as Community, but it’s pretty meta. There are a lot of amazing subtle jokes, that may fly right over your head if you’re not paying attention. For those who just don’t understand this kind of humor, there is a good amount of physical comedy and silly gags that will have you slapping your knee quite a few times. The big difference between this movie and its predecessor is that 21 Jump Street had a more cohesive villain and story structure. This movie was very loose in what it was trying to accomplish. Regardless, this movie is a great time and a solid sequel. SEE IT!
The Rover (David Michôd) [Limited] Rated R [102 min] – 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened, ruthless ex-soldier tracks down the men who stole his only possession. As he travels through the lawless Australian outback, he takes a damaged young man as his unwitting accomplice. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, and David Field
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 67% • Audience – 64%
Say what you will about Pattinson and those movies we shall not mention, but the man has a decent talent behind those dead eyes and pale skin. His performance in Cosmopolis definitely tests his range. The Rover looks like an very intimate and unique feature. I haven’t seen it, but here’s what people are saying:
“A desolate, dark and thought-provoking film that explores the aftermath of societal collapse in the Australian outback.” – Max Nicholson (IGN Movies)
“Despite the dense dust-caked atmosphere and a spiky, unnerving score by Antony Partos, Michôd’s film adds up to little more than existentialist moaning punctuated by the occasional gunfight.” – Kyle Smith (New York Post)
I’m curious, but would hold my anticipation to a minimum. MATINEE IT/RENT IT!
The Signal (2014) (William Eubank) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [95 min] – On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare. Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, and Laurence Fishburne
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 53% • Audience – 59%
I haven’t seen this one yet either, but based on the trailer I am highly interested. Sadly, it would seem that those who have seen it were lukewarm on it:
“Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much. ” – Bruce Ingram (Chicago Sun Times)
” Signal thinks big, takes chances and has enough arresting scenes to stand apart from the science fiction films of late.’ – Scott Bowles (USA Today)
Despite the reviews, I’m still interested in how it will play it. It’s a toss up, but I’d recommend you. RENT IT!
There is so much positive buzz for HTTYD2, and it’s the biggest animated movie of the summer. There hasn’t been anything for kids to see at all. That means families are going to pay big bucks to go see it together. Or one mom will have to take a mini-van’s worth to the theater. The first movie amazed so many people, the anticipation is high going into it. 22 Jump Street is rated R, and that has a big impact on sales. Many kids could sneak into Jump Street by buying a ticket for Dragon. I think this will be a close one because 21 Jump Street did so well and the chemistry between Hill and Tatum is very solid. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2
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