The weekend warriors of August 29, 2014 includes Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Frank, and The Congress. 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, Guardians of the Galaxy toppled over the competition to become the highest grossing movie of the summer; in its fourth weekend out nonetheless. This Labor Day weekend, the Guardians have a little bit of competition with the Guardians of the Supernatural and their 30th Anniversary. And then there are two rated R films that no one is talking about really. WHO YOU GONNA CALL?!!?!?!? This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman) [30th Anniversary Re-release] Rated PG [105 min] – Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and William Atherton
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 97% • Audience – 88%
There is no legitimate reason I need to give you to go see Ghostbusters on the big screen is there?
As Above, So Below (John Erick Dowdle) Rated R [93 min] – When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. Starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, and François Civil
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 30% • Audience – 53%
I sort of dig the concept. It’s like The Descent meets Event Horizon. Let’s hope it’s not as bad as the later.
“As forewarned, so avoid.” – Claudia Puig (USA Today)
“As Above, So Below offers a handful of effective moments and some characters that are fun to watch squirm through muck and bones, but not much more than that, especially when the films spins out of control towards its conclusion.” – Drew Taylor (The Playlist)
I am cautiously optimistic because most general movie critics dislike horror. But I am an avid fan. But I can see this not being as good in concept as it presents itself to be. WAIT FOR IT TO COME ON NETFLIX!
The November Man (Roger Donaldson) Rated R [108 min] – An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, and Bill Smitrovich
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 36% • Audience – 60%
Pierce Brosnan brings back his spy roots for a thrilling adventure with an ex-Bond girl Kurylenko. Small world, huh?
“It sort of works as an R-rated Bourne with no shakey cam, until about 40 minutes in when the screenwriter’s check clears and everyone stops caring.” – Vince Mancini (FilmDrunk)
“The utter lack of originality eventually sinks the movie, and the climax has more howlers than a wolf convention.” – Jason Clark (Entertainment Weekly)
Sounds like a dull time with little to no vision. What a shame. WHAT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!
The Congress (Ari Folman) [Limited] Not Rated? [122 min] – An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider. Starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics –76% • Audience – 66%
I just heard a conversation about this movie on a podcast and the concept is very intriguing.
“It’s a folly of the first order, but one that many people will nonetheless want to see, if only because it’s so out there.” – Mike D’Angelo (AV Club)
“A fascinating and visually impressive intellectual helter-skelter ride, but the lack of narrative coherence lets down its promising sci-fi concepts and satire.” – Dan Jolin (Empire)
Sounds like it’s a toss up. But I’m going to lean more positively on this if you like movies that try something different. MATINEE IT!
Frank (Leonard Abrahamson) Rated R [95 min] – Frank Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 91% • Audience – 77%
This is a fantastic movie that depicts a unique vision of mental illness. Frank is very moving, full of energy, and filled with interesting characters. Michael Fassbender outdoes himself yet again, proving how versatile he can be. SEE IT!
Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy
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