Box Office Battlefield: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ vs Itself

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The weekend warriors of June 27, 2014 includes Transformers: Age of Extinction, They Came Together, Begin Again, and Snowpiercer. 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, Think Like a Man Too manned up this past weekend to walk all over its competition. Unfortunately for Kevin Hart and Co., they have some pretty hefty competition.So hefty that it’s the only wide release this weekend. The rest are all limited releases in NY/LA. ROLL OUT! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (Michael Bay) Rated PG-13 [165 min] – An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots – and a paranoid government official – on them. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, and Stanley Tucci

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 17% • Audience – 73%

If you haven’t been burned out by this franchise yet, this may be a decent “turn your brain off” flick. It has the Dinobots and the story focuses on Mark Wahlberg’s new character and not Shia LeBeouf, how could this go wrong?

“It is scattered, weightless, impossible to get hold of, and somehow, after seven years and more than 10 hours of screen time, I could not tell you what these films are about.” – Christopher Borrelli (Chicago Tribune)

“Michael Bay has done the impossible. With Transformers: Age of Extinction, the start of a – everyone duck! – second trilogy in his metalhead franchise, the Bay-man has made the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet.” – Peter Travers (Rolling Stones)

Sounds like a Michael Bay Transformers film to me. But that run time though. This is going to be a rough ride for anyone regardless. It’s almost as long as The Wolf of Wall Street. At least we don’t have to deal with Shia LeBeouf. If you REALLY need to see this because of the ludicrousness of the series and you enjoy the spectacle of the big screen, by all means MATINEE IT! But don’t expect much.

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Begin Again (John Carney) [Limited] Rated R [104 min] – A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, and Hailee Steinfeld

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 68% • Audience – 76%

This movie looks pretty vanilla. Nothing special, but has a heartfelt edge that could be a nice feel good movie for anyone looking to tackle their dreams or escape from the norm.

“Just when you are ready to completely write off ‘Begin Again,’ the music starts to play, the camera takes it all in and makes us a part of it, and the film’s unpersuasive emotions don’t seem to matter as much.” – Kenneth Turan (LA Times)

“A large part of the problem is that the music, which is supposed to provide heart, soul and artistic bona fides, ranges from passable to terrible.” – A.O. Scott (NY Times)

A pretty mixed bag. I would say WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! 

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Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho) [Limited] Rated R [126 min] – In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 92% • Audience – 74%

I have not yet seen any of Bong Joon-ho’s other films, but I have meant to. Snowpiercer looks absolutely awesome based on what I’ve seen on the trailers and the premise. And how could you say no to that cast? And everyone else seems to agree.

“An enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho.” – Scott Foundas (Variety)

“Snowpiercer is still an intellectually and artistically superior vehicle to many of the end-of-days futuristic action thrillers out there.” – Clarence Tsui (Hollywood Reporter)

If this is playing in your area, SEE IT! 

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They Came Together (David Wain) [Limited] Rated R [83 min] – When Joel and Molly meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see. (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together.) Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Cobie Smulders

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 66% • Audience – 69%

This looks mighty ambitious and may be a bit too on the nose, but the cast is great. I’m not sure the satire will win over everyone.

“They Came Together will likely appeal to rom-com fans as much as to those who find such films annoyingly clichéd.” – Claudia Puig (USA Today)

“It’s reliably silly fun worthy of the people involved, but it never reaches the level of “inspired.” – Genevieve Koski (The Dissolve)

It’s a Transformers movie. Is there any debate that it will win the weekend? The only way it will lose is if it the concept has completely run its course. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:

Winner: Transformers: Age of Extinction


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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