The weekend warriors of July 2, 2014 includes Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil, and Earth to Echo. 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, Transformers: Age of Extinction slayed the box office with ease. However, this July 4th weekend will prove its might with three new competitors entering the battlefield. Can the mighty Optimus Prime hold out or will he be defeated by bunch of ankle biters? E.T. phone home? This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Tammy (Ben Falcone) Rated R [96 min] – After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 24% • Audience – 43%
Another Melissa McCarthy movie. Oh boy…
“Tammy is an object lesson in the art of directing, which is all it would have taken to turn this near-miss into an instant classic. Though that may be true of most mediocre movies.” – Richard Brody (New Yorker)
“There are some laughs and, at least on screen, more than a few tears. But it doesn’t come together with the kind of satisfying punch a comedy should deliver.” – Betsy Sharkey (LA Times)
As much as I admire McCarthy’s performance in Bridesmaids, her projects thereafter have been for the most part very lackluster and practically intolerable. And Tammy looks no different. SKIP IT!
Deliver Us From Evil (Scott Derrickson) Rated R [118 min] – NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. Starring Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Joel McHale, and Olivia Munn
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 32% • Audience – 50%
Regardless of how much the cast was “frightened” by the source material behind the film, Deliver Us From Evil is a terribly dull horror. Director Scott Derrickson must have had a checklist at his side at all times as he marked off each box in order to create one of the most stereotypical exorcism movie of our time. Granted the narrative plays out more like a bad episode of Ghost Hunters meets CSI, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that nothing that happens in this story is remotely interesting or scary. Derrickson showed promise with Emily Rose and Sinister, but Deliver Us From Evil is paint by numbers. SKIP IT!
Earth to Echo (Dave Green) Rated PG [89 min] – After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Starring Teo Halm, Astro, and Reese Hartwig
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 49% • Audience – 53%
Throw in a pot E.T., The Goonies, and Super 8 and you’ve got yourself Earth to Echo. Movies like these typically cast horrendous young actors, but I have to say that these three are pretty tolerable and maintain decent chemistry. There is some fun and wonder sprinkled throughout, but nothing we haven’t really been accustom to. The found footage aspect does hurt the film slightly because it can be frustrating to be held hostage by the kids’ point of view. It’s a mediocre kids film that plays as a good distraction from the bombastic explosions and crude humor of the summer blockbusters. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!
Three original properties not based on any existing material versus a franchise that has had the highest grossing weekend of the year so far. As much as Age of Extinction is a cancer in today’s cinema, the draw is still there for those who have not seen it as well as the 3D/IMAX 3D ticket sales. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Transformers: Age of Extinction
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