Now Available to Own: Pan, Dragon Blade, War Room, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of December 22, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Pan, Dragon Blade, War Room, and more.

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Pan (Joe Wright) Rated PG [111 min] – 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, and Rooney Mara [Watch the Trailer]

If Pan didn’t have one of the greatest campiest, most over the top, hilarious entrance for a movie villain ever, I would have never have given it a second thought. But the beautiful thing about Pan is in how outrageously bonkers and terrible it is. It’s not a movie that’s so bad it’s good; more like it’s so bad that you can’t believe veteran director Joe Wright (Atonement; Pride and Prejudice; Hanna) made such a steaming pile of garbage. The man knows how to make a coherent movie, and Pan is a disaster. The special features don’t even help to explain what the hell happened. It is a gorgeous and colorful film, but everything else is just bad form.

Special features include:

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Never Grow Up: The Legend of Pan
  • The Boy Who Would Be Pan
  • The Scoundrels of Neverland
  • Wondrous Realms

Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee) Rated R [127 min] – When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends. Starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Adrien Brody

Speaking of bonkers. From the deliciously out of place casting with John Cusack and Adrian Brody to the messy storytelling, Dragon Blade is a movie that’s so bad it’s good, to some degree. Dragon Blad is also host to one of the worst child actors I’ve ever seen. The child’s presence is enough to make my skin crawl and eyes bleed. The special features are mostly enjoyable thanks to Cusack soaking up the ridiculousness of it all and Brody not giving a single f*ck. There is one moment in the film that made me believe Chan delivered one of his best performances to date, but then the end just completely eradicates that idea.

Special features include:

  • “Behind the Scenes of Dragon Blade” Featurette
  • Extended Interviews with Cast & Crew
  • Music Videos featuring Jackie Chan

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (Stephen Reynolds) Rated R [90 min] – Lockdown Follows a police officer who returns to duty after recovering from a gun shot wound to discover incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him. Starring Jonathan Good, Roger R. Cross, and Daniel Cudmore

I’d love to know who asked for this sequel, let alone the second film of this makeshift franchise. The premise of the “12 rounds” is painstakingly hilarious to begin with, but to switch up the formula from a 12 round game of thrills in the first two films and to now have the protagonist equipped with 12 rounds in his gun is a knee-slapper. It does lead to a faster pace of action and builds tension knowing the limited amount of ammo, but the fact that Dean Ambrose counts his rounds out loud is nauseating. If the movie didn’t feel so contrived and the acting still as wood, there might have been a decent movie somewhere in here. They would probably call it Die Hard

Special features include:

  • “Resourceful Adversary” Featurette
  • “Filming a Firefight” Featurette

Additional Releases this Week

  • War Room
  • Pawn Sacrifice
  • Defiance (Season 3)
  • Dominion (Season 2)
  • The Nanny (Season 5) [DVD Only]

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $14.99
  • The Flash (Season 1) – $19.99
  • Whiplash – $9.99
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Criterion Edition) – $19.99
  • The Gallows – $9.99
  • Ex Machina – $9.99
  • Fury – $9.99
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – $9.99
  • Ricki and the Flash – $15
  • Gone Girl – $9.99
  • It Follows – $9.99
  • 22 Jump Street – $8.99
  • Pulp Fiction – $5
  • John Wick – $9.99
  • Orange is the New Black (Season 1) – $9.99
  • Spider-Man 2 – $6.99
  • Coen Brothers Collection – $19.99
  • The Maze Runner – $9.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Collection and More

While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of October 24, 2015 we have the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Collection, Hitman: Agent 47, Mr. Robot, The Final Girls, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 8

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Collection – The limited edition, 13-Disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection invites you to hold the greatest power in the cosmos in your grasp – an orb containing one of the legendary Infinity Stones! Plus Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray™ and Digital Copies of all Phase 2 films, in collectible packaging designed by artist Matt Ferguson. This set overflows with stunning Marvel memorabilia, including a gold-foiled page from the book of Dark Elves, an ancient drawing from the Morag vault, Avengers and S.T.R.I.K.E. uniform patches, a replica of the Tony Stark Tattoo from Marvel’s Iron Man 3, and much more!

Films include:

  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Ant-Man (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

Special features include:

  • From Here To Infinity: Phases 2 & 3 Of The M.C.U. – Journey back through Marvel’s Phase 2 films, from its launch in Iron Man 3 through its fulfillment in Ant-Man, to see how individual characters grow and change, how their relationships with each other evolve over time, and how the universe itself expands with each story. Listen to filmmakers discuss the first set of Phase 3 films (Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2) and discover there are no limits to the adventure.
  • Phase 2 Tag Scenes: A Making-Of – Learn the story behind the post-credit sequence in Marvel’s Phase 1 and 2 movies, and explore how the scenes connect and unify the far-flung characters and worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant with Audio Commentary by Clark Gregg
  • Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer with Audio Commentary by Clark Gregg
  • Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 with Audio Commentary by Louis D’Esposito, Max Hernandez, Titus Welliver And Jesse Bradford
  • Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter with Audio Commentary by Louis D’Esposito And Hayley Atwell
  • Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King with Audio Commentary by Drew Pearce And Ben Kingsley
  • Iron Man 3: Deleted Scenes
  • Iron Man 3: Preproduction Creative
  • Thor: The Dark World: Deleted Scenes
  • Thor: The Dark World: Preproduction Creative
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Deleted Scene with Audio Commentary by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Preproduction Creative
  • Guardians of The Galaxy: Deleted Scenes
  • Guardians of The Galaxy: Preproduction Creative
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Deleted Scenes
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Preproduction Creative: Hulk vs. Hulkbuster
  • Ant-Man: Deleted Scenes
  • Ant-Man: Preproduction Creative

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 29

Hitman: Agent 47 (Aleksander Bach) Rated R [96 min] – An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry. Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, and Ciarán Hinds

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Hit Counter
  • Re-Imagining Hitman
  • Ultimate Action: Staging the Fights
  • Hitman: Agent 47 Comic
  • Making of the Comic Book
  • Promotional Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Poster Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 22

Pawn Sacrifice (Edward Zwick) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [114 min] – Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg

  • Special features no yet listed

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD January 12, 2016

Mr. Robot (Season 1) (Sam Esmail) Rated TV-14 [44 min] – Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He’s recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot. Starring Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Portia Doubleday

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 3

The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulson) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [88 min] – A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer. Starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, and Thomas Middleditch [Watch the Trailer]

Special features include:

  • Alternate Endings with Optional Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Director’s Commentary
  • Cast & Crew Commentary
  • Writers’ Commentary
  • Previsualization: Bringing Scenes to Life
  • Progression of Visual Effects
  • Director’s Production Notes

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD January 5, 2016

Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) [Limited] Rated R [90 min] – A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Mark Ruffalo, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Q&A with cast and filmmakers

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 22

 Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee) Rated R [127 min] – When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends. Starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Adrien Brody

Special features include:

  • “Behind the Scenes of Dragon Blade” Featurette
  • Extended Interviews with Cast & Crew
  • Music Videos featuring Jackie Chan

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 1

War Pigs (Ryan Little) Rated R [91 min] – A rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary. Starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren, and Chuck Liddell

  • Special features no yet listed

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Available on DVD November 24

Turkey Hollow (Kirk R .Thatcher) Rated TV-PG [90 min] – A recently divorced dad and his two kids as they travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with their eccentric Aunt Cly in the rustic town of Turkey Hollow. Exploring the mysterious surrounding woods leads the kids to discover the secret of the legendary Howling Hoodoo. When a scheming neighbor threatens to take Aunt Cly’s farm, the family enlists surprising new friends to help save the farm – and Thanksgiving! Starring Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, and Chris Bridges

  • Special features no yet listed

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

Stay tuned for more Blu-Ray and DVD announcements every Saturday.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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Box Office Battlefield: The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, and Everest

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of September 18, 2015 includes The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, and Everest, as well as a handful of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out below!

Last weekend, two low-budget films, The Visit and The Perfect Guy, battled it out in a close match up to gain supremacy. In a surprising turn of events, Perfect Guy beat out Visit by about $400 thousand. Do they have what it takes to fend off some heavy hitters this weekend? UNLEASH THE POWER OF APPLES! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.Director: Wes BallStars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 49% • Audience – 69%

My review:

I’m highly impressed with director Wes Ball. For only being his second feature length film, his first being The Maze Runner, the man has an eye for adventure. Which is what predominately The Scorch Trials consists of. The plot of the movie is pretty thin, exhibiting little depth to build the post-apocalyptic world the story inhabits. But what it lacks in plot The Scorch Trials makes up for in action.

The biggest downfall of the series thus far is how they’re handling the lead character, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien). He’s a strong, emotive character, but the story isn’t giving us enough to completely understand his motivations. He has a very one track mind that isn’t very compelling, and it hurts the credibility of his sidekicks as they go along with him just because. We’ve gained more backstory from his gal pal Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) than anyone else in the entirety of both films.

With only one movie left in the trilogy – which is great because I’m sick of studios splitting up the last book of YA franchises just to make a quick buck– there needs to be more in order for us to root for Thomas, otherwise this will be a very disappointing trilogy because its premise has a lot of promise. MATINEE IT!

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Black Mass (Scott Cooper) Rated R [122 min] – The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Adam Scott, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, David Harbour, and Julianne Nicholson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 76% • Audience – 80%

My review:

Full disclosure: if you put Johnny Depp in anything I’m going to be very unenthusiastic going in to a movie. His recent stints in makeup (The Lone Ranger; Alice in Wonderland; Into the Woods) and without (Transcendence; Tusk; Mortdecai) have been quite indigestible. With that said, I found Depp to be quite satisfactory as Whitey Bulger. I am happy to see the actor take a more grounded role that doesn’t call for any of his Depp-isms or any quirky behavior traits. Bulger is a straight up thug who played the system very well. And the rest of the cast are excellent too; although I couldn’t comprehend Benedict Cumberbatch’s Boston accent.

Be that as it may, I can’t help but find Black Mass to be your ordinary gangster film. There isn’t much to say about Bulger, what drives him, or anyone really. Black Mass has a very linear plot that recalls events from A to B rather than putting any kind of effort to provide perspective or depth to Bulger. This bland representation, and maybe that’s who he was, doesn’t make for an entertaining piece of cinema. RENT IT!

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Everest (Baltasar Kormákur) [IMAX Only] Rated PG-13 ]121 min] – A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Starring Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, and Martin Henderson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 72% • Audience – 76%

Their reviews:

“Everest is a sobering character story packed with bravery, horror, and humility – as well as thrilling tension.” – Ben Kendrick (ScreenRant)

“Film has two big issues, one dramatic, one having to do with awful and stupid 3D conversion.” – James Verniere (Boston Herald)

My take:

Everest looks like a thrilling sit. It’s sad that the trailer had to explain the entire situation and leave no surprise for moviegoers. But the fact that the only way to see Everest is in a 3D IMAX theater makes me shudder to think what was going on in the minds of the studio execs who green-lit that decision. Is the gimmick of a 3D IMAX experience worth the trip to the theaters? I don’t personally think so. If Everest was presented in regular IMAX I would be more accepting, but 3D? Come on. MATINEE IT IF YOU TRULY HAVE TO SEE IT!

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Sicario (Denis Villeneuve) [Limited] Rated R [121 min] – An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and Jon Bernthal

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 88% • Audience – 91%

Their reviews:

“Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Taylor Sheridan, the film manages to somehow be sleek and sprawling, focused and cagey at the same time, often in the same scene.” – Mark Olsen (Los Angeles Times)

“Villeneuve, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson combine to make the action scenes gorgeous, scary and exciting, while the script by Taylor Sheridan is mordant and smart, with not a wasted word.” – Kyle Smith (New York Post)

My take:

Emily Blunt is unstoppable. There’s no other way in saying it. She is a Jill of all trades going from hardcore action to musicals and thrillers to dramas. What can’t she do? Sicario looks great and absolutely suspenseful with all the right tension. I have been avoiding the marketing as much as possible because I’ve heard really positive things. So when it comes to your town be prepared. SEE IT!

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Cooties (Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion4) Rated R [88 min] – A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 36% • Audience – 60%

Their reviews:

“If Cooties subscribes slavishly to the conventions of teacher movies, it at least has fun with them.” – Nathan Rabin (AV Club)

“The engaging opening third of “Cooties” is enough to make the rest of the 96-minute film a mildly amusing diversion, but as the minutes roll by, you’ll wish the brains of the film had remained intact.” – Kevin Jagernauth (The Playlsit)

My take:

Cooties looks cute. A silly romp that you laugh at and with. Elijah Wood has been doing a lot of great work in the horror realm, and throwing him into the horror comedy genre makes me anticipate its release. However, the reviews are pretty negative, which doesn’t bode well and lessens my expectations, but I am still looking forward to seeing it regardless. RENT IT! 

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Captive (Jerry Jameson) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [97 min] – A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case. Starring Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, and Michael Kenneth Williams

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 35% • Audience – 69%

Their reviews:

“A Lifetime movie shoved into a cage and fattened with sermons and platitudes until it is ready to be served up cold and bland.” – James Rocchi (The Wrap)

“A credit-sequence television clip of Mr. Warren and the real Ms. Smith with Oprah Winfrey makes the entire movie feel like the strangest book infomercial in memory.” – Nicolas Rapold (New York Times)

My take:

Faith-based films have been running rampant lately. There was a huge surge last year, and the trend has only continued with each new success. Now equipped with A-list stars, Captive looks like it has the best intentions, but from what I’ve seen from the trailers the themes look inherently forced. I can’t get past it. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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Pawn Sacrifice (Edward Zwick) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [114 min] – Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 80% • Audience – 76%

Their reviews:

“Edward Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” is an enthralling piece of mainstream entertainment that captures the essence of Fischer’s mad genius, perfectly re-creates the tenor of the times AND works as a legit sports movie about the great game of chess.” – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)

“There’s much to recommend it… thanks to some sharp lines from screenwriter Steven Knight and first-rate performances.” – Keith Phipps (Uproxx)

My take:

Where has Tobey Maguire been? I feel like he’s been running around in the shadows trying to get the taste of Spider-Man out of his mouth. Pawn Sacrifice seems like a well-crafted biopic that has a dark edge to it, something that brings a little more color into the genre. It doesn’t look like it is playing it safe or straight forward, so I’m intrigued. MATINEE IT!

First off, as exciting as Everest appears to be, I can only imagine it will make very little money because of the gimmick and the limited amount of IMAX screens to begin with. They go up the mountain, they go down the mountain. Not much to it. Although Johnny Depp’s performance is grand and at a high caliber we haven’t seen him at in years, Black Mass is nothing to run home about. Plus it’s rated R so you’re losing a lot of moviegoers there. And then we have The Scorch Trials, which is a PG-13 action flick based on a young adult book series starring a Teen Wolf hunk. There haven’t been a lot of big movies geared toward that tween/young adult genre in about a month since Ant-Man. With school back in session, The Scorch Trials seems like the perfect hangout movie for youths to enjoy. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

What will you be watching this weekend? What did you think of the current releases? Tell us in the comment section below.


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