Box Office Battlefield: The Judge, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Addicted, and Dracula Untold

Box Office Battlefield The Judge, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Addicted, and Dracula Untold

The weekend warriors of October 10, 2014 includes The Judge, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Addicted, Dracula Untold, and a handful of limited releases. 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, Gone Girl barely took the crown by the skin of their teeth against Annabelle. This weekend is a huge free-for-all with many new competitors entering the arena. Will Robert Downey Jr. Charm his way in to the hearts of moviegoers? Can a children’s book adaptation conquer all? Or will someone else take the W? I OBJECT! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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The Judge (David Dobkin) Rated R [141 min] Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, and Balthazar Getty

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 48% • Audience – 69%

What they’re saying:

“The Judge is a very familiar tale of a man that finds humility in a return to his hometown – albeit one with a few genuinely powerful moments of drama.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)

” This is not by any means a bad movie. The script has its bright patches, the setting is picturesque, and the cast is full of actors you’ll want to see.” – David Edelstein (Vulture)

What I’m saying:

I think The Judge looks like your run of the mill, try-hard Oscar bait. I don’t think Robert Downey Jr. is given enough of a role to challenge himself outside his normal smug, talkative, rich guy shtick. I’m sure it’s not the worst movie you will ever see, but I doubt it will be memorable down the road. RENT IT!

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Movie Title Logo

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Miguel Arteta) Rated PG [81 min] – Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses. Starring Bella Thorne, Jennifer Coolidge, Jennifer Garner, and Steve Carell

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 64% • Audience – 75%

What they’re saying:

” The grownups grab a few legitimately funny bits, but it makes for strangely agitating, passive-aggressive matinee fare: perhaps you just have to enjoy watching rows breaking out more than this viewer does.” – Mike McCahill (Guardian)

“There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so screwball that the film hurtles past its own mistakes. It’s good fun.” – Sheila O’Malley (RogerEbert.com)

What I’m saying:

I’m kind of surprised how high of a regard other critics are giving this film over The Judge. It feels too kiddy for adults and perhaps a little more adult for kids. It has this weird limbo state that it doesn’t know what it wants to be. As far as family fair goes, Alexander the only good thing coming out until Big Hero 6. MATINEE IT!

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Addicted (Bille Woodruff) Rated R [105 min] – A wife is tested when she cheats on her husband, and it threatens to ruin her and her family. Starring Kat Graham, William Levy, Boris Kodjoe, and Sharon Leal

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 20% • Audience – 78%

What they’re saying:

“Addicted” doesn’t fail because it wants to provide steamy, soapy melodrama to a mainstream audience; its faults are a function of its judgment, not of its genre … more Cinemax than cinematic.” – James Rocchi (The Wrap)

“While the leads are certainly attractive enough to bring the book to life, the film fails to live up to the melodrama and seductiveness that made the book popular.” – Wilson Morales (BlackFilm.com)

What I’m saying:

This looks just as worse, if not more terrible than Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Addicted appears to have a very similar premise, but unfortunately we don’t have Kim Kardashion ride this train wreck. SKIP IT!

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Dracula Untold (Gary Shore) Rated PG-13 [92 min] – The origin story of the man who becomes Dracula. Starring Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, and Sarah Gadon

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 26% • Audience – 61%

What they’re saying:

“The movie is the latest multiplex filler to co-opt a classic tale only to drown it in computer-generated murk. Even the title has the ring of something created by committee.” – Ben Kenigsberg (New York Times)

“The fight choreography in Dracula Untold looks about as coherent as if you’d driven by the set at 40 mph and chucked the camera out the window.” – Vince Mancini (FilmDrunk)

What I’m saying:

The first of what is suppose to be Universal’s attempt to create a conjoined cinematic monster universe like Marvel Studios is doing, Dracula Untold just comes across as pure trash. Sure the production budget looks expensive and this is suppose to be some gritty origin story, but I think Hollywood has run the vampire well dry. So dry, to launch this new series will be a mountain to climb. SKIP IT!

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Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) [Limited] Rated R [106 min] A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer. Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, and Paul Reiser

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 86% • Audience – 93%

What I’m saying:

Whiplash is one of the most powerful, inspiring, and riveting films you will see all year. The performances are so energetic, it’s like anything I’ve ever felt in a long time. Read my full review here. SEE IT!

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Kill the Messenger (Michael Cuesta) [Limited] Rated R [103 min]A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Starring Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, and Ray Liotta

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 73% • Audience – 77%

What they’re saying:

“A resonant journalistic cautionary tale gets packaged as a hokey thriller in Kill the Messenger, a movie with a message that isn’t nearly as urgent as it needs to be.” – Liam Lacey (Globe and Mail)

“It’s oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner’s all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely.” – Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

What I’m saying:

What I feel when I watch the trailer or read the plot summary is “meh.” And I’m surprised other critics are giving it a pass. It’s not too long which is nice, but I just can’t get past the premise. MATINEE IT!

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St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [112 min]A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. Starring Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris O’Dowd

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 65% • Audience – 80%

What they’re saying:

“You can put Murray in a drama or a comedy or almost anything that isn’t too loud or too busy, and he’ll drain the goo without also ditching the humanity.” – Ella Taylor (NPR)

“St. Vincent showcases everything that has made us fall for Bill Murray time and time again over the course of his career, and the result is one of his best movies in years.” – Eric Eisenberg (CinemaBlend)

What I’m saying:

St. Vincent has had quite the polarizing journey in the festival circuit. I’m not sure what it could bring to the old man mentor genre, but if anyone could succeed I suppose it would be Bill Murray. MATINEE IT!

There are so many movies coming out this weekend that I feel like they will all cancel themselves out. And while Gone Girl is still running strong with such positive buzz, it has a pretty good chance at coming on top again. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:

Winner: Gone Girl


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

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