Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 6-8, 2015

Unless it’s a bomb, Jupiter Ascending should break the American Sniper streak.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Finally a new release that will at least be fun even if it’s terrible. Jupiter Ascending might be a good time.
Peter J. Patrick: Four new movies, four good reasons to find something else to do than see a new releases this week.
Tripp Burton: Some bad looking movies come out, and I still have to catch up on some awards contenders!
Thomas LaTourrette: Another set of not the most exciting films, though maybe a couple will prove better than their previews. Still a good time to catch up on the Oscar nominated films.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Could American Sniper win the box office for a third consecutive weekend? With Black or White having the highest profile of the three new releases, my guess is yes.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Another week of so-so releases to ignore and wait for on DVD.
Peter J. Patrick: Some strong January releases this week including the Oscar nominated Timbuktu and the Oscar rejected but potentially audience pleasing Black or White.
Tripp Burton: Why must January movies all look so bad?
Thomas LaTourrette: Except for the Oscar nominated Timbuktu, it is a pretty weak set of movies. Perhaps it is another weekend to work on catching up with the Oscar nominees.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 23-25, 2015

None of this week’s releases are likely to pull enough box office away from American Sniper to keep it from topping a second week, but if there are two films with a shot, it’s Mortdecai and Strange Magic. Family auds may not be as likely, so I give the edge to Mortdecai.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: A whole lotta “meh” this weekend.
Peter J. Patrick: Nothing being released this week I want to see, ever!
Tripp Burton: The early-year doldrums are upon us…I’m catching up on Oscar nominees this weekend.
Thomas LaTourrette: There are a couple of films that might be good, including Cake, but it also could be a weekend to catch up on the Oscar nominated films.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 16-18, 2015

It’s possible that Taken 3 holds the top spot for a second weekend, but Paddington gives families a rare opportunity to get back to the cinema in January.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Blackhat has solid pedigree, so it’s probably the best chance you have of finding something good this week.
Peter J. Patrick: Paddington for families, Little Accidents for adults, an OK week at the multiplex.
Tripp Burton: The major releases this week are looking a little dull.
Thomas LaTourrette: While the previews look terrible, the reviews of Paddington are quite good, so maybe it will be worth seeing after all. I’m fond of the books, but the trailer looks like it is off the mark.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 9-11, 2015

There isn’t much new coming out in these early months. Taken 3 will be the film to dislodge The Hobbit from the top of the box office, but whether it can match its predecessors remains to be seen.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Beloved Sisters might be good, but it won’t be in my neck of the woods anytime soon.
Peter J. Patrick: Nothing new worth bothering about this week.
Tripp Burton: There are so many Oscar contenders still to catch up with, I wouldn’t bother with any of the new releases.
Thomas LaTourrette: Having not seen either of the first Taken films, I am in no rush to see this one. Beloved Sisters might prove interesting, but it is probably a better time to catch up on other films.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 2-4, 2015

With the very likely weak opening of Woman in Black 2, I’d say The Hobbit has a very good chance of a three-peat.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I enjoyed the first Woman in Black, but no resemblance does this new film have to that one, so it’s out for me. A Most Violent Year has won a few awards, so it’s definitely on my list.
Peter J. Patrick: The year ends on a hopeful note with the release of two potential Oscar nominees.
Tripp Burton: The last of the Oscar hopefuls are sneaking out, as what looks to be the first bad film of 2015.
Thomas LaTourrette: Advance word on A Most Violent Year is good, but the previews just don’t excite me. However, both it and Leviathan may prove better than their previews.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 25-28, 2014

While it’s possible The Hobbit could hang on for a second week atop the box office chart, Into the Woods may give it a good run for its money.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: As bad as the past Stephen Sondheim adaptations have been, I’m not exactly looking forward to Into the Woods, though Unbroken might be a better film. The limited side is also packed with big titles, Selma being the one I’m most looking forward to.
Peter J. Patrick: Oscar, here we come! The last of this year’s hopefuls make their bow.
Tripp Burton: Christmas brings a lot of eagerly awaited films, so have a great weekend at the movies!
Thomas LaTourrette: Finally, a bunch of pictures worth seeing. Being true to form, a lot of films, many of which are Oscar bait, are being released on Christmas Day. Selma sounds like the real hit movie, but I am also hoping that Into the Woods will be worth seeing. Neither Unbroken nor American Sniper seem to be living up to their hype, unfortunately.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 19-21, 2014

Sensing weakness, studios have done two bits of counter-programming for the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. That won’t likely matter as Jackson is bound to top the list once again.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I’m excited to finally get to the end of The Hobbit trilogy. Little else outside of Mr. Turnerlooks interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: This week’s releases run the gamut from highly anticipated awards magnet Mr. Turner to an ill-conceived updated version of the depression era musical, Annie.
Tripp Burton: How many weeks can I say it? The wide releases all look bland, but there is gold to be found in limited release.
Thomas LaTourrette: It will be nice to see the final movie of the Hobbit trilogy, but the series has felt padded out. Hopefully, it will be a stronger film than the first two. Mr. Turner sounds worthwhile both for the cinematography and for the performance of Timothy Spall.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 12-14, 2014

The Hunger Games‘ reign is about to come to an end as Ridley Scott’s Bible epic Exodus: Gods and Kings competes for box office dollars. The film’s success depends entirely on attendance from church groups as I don’t think it’s going to be too big of a cross-demographic hit.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Inherent Vice is the only new film this weekend that I’m very interested in seeing. Exodus might be ok, but it also has disaster written all over it.
Peter J. Patrick: Magician: The Astonishing Work of Orson Welles, opening in limited release, is the only film I’d venture out to see this week. Six Dace Lessons in Six Weeks might be amusing enough to catch on DVD, as might Top Five and Inherent Vice, but the week’s only wide release, in which Ridley Scott mimics Cecil B. DeMille, thrills me not.
Tripp Burton: A lot of big awards contenders are coming out this week, although some look better than others.
Thomas LaTourrette: Inherent Vice sounds like the most interesting of the releases, though it has gotten rather uneven reviews. Hopefully, Exodus will be better than Noah, but I am not sure about that.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 5-7, 2014

There are no new major wide releases this weekend, so Katniss Everdeen will continue to have the odds in her favor.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The post-Thanksgiving Weekend weekend tends to be a dumping ground for non-serious awards contenders, so it’s a bit surprising that Reese Witherspoon’s potential Best Actress nomination for Wild is releasing this weekend along with all the other detritus.
Peter J. Patrick: If it weren’t for its Oscar buzz, Wild is probably a film I wouldn’t be in any rush to see, but given that buzz, it’s on my must-see list.
Tripp Burton: There are no wide releases this weekend, but the limited releases run the gamut of cinema. I’ll go with the Oscar contender and the foreign film myself.
Thomas LaTourrette: Wild sounds like the most interesting film of the week. Reese Witherspoon has gotten great word of mouth about it.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Although the first film was a surprise hit, Horrible Bosses 2 is sure to share the same fate as a lot of comedy sequels. Penguins of Madgascar has plenty of funny for families over the Thanksgiving weekend, so it should come out on top.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: There’s a lot of good things to see this weekend and I’d honestly recommend all of them.
Peter J. Patrick: Oscar season takes a major leap forward with the release of The Imitation Game.
Tripp Burton: Thanksgiving isn’t the high point of the studio season it used to be, but there’s at least one Oscar front-runner sneaking out to limited cities this weekend.
Thomas LaTourrette: I am really looking forward to The Imitation Game. It could be not only a good movie, but a strong Oscar competitor.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 21-23, 2014

Box office records won’t be annihilated, but they won’t be held too far at bay. The third of four Hunger Games films opens this weekend and it’s sure to be huge.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The book series is fantastic and the movies have been terrific so far. Can they make it three-for-three? In limited release, the prospects are much more grim.
Peter J. Patrick: Unless you’re a big Hunger Games fan or haven’t gotten enough of the Penn State scandal, it’s a good week for catching up on whatever you may have missed
Tripp Burton: Not much to pick from, but Mockingjay looks like a worthy follow-up to the first two Hunger Games films.
Thomas LaTourrette: The Hunger Games movies have been consistently enjoyable, so Mockingjay will be worth seeing. The previous films have not proved major Oscar bait, so I doubt this one will either, but it should still be fun.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 14-16, 2014

While it isn’t much Dumb and Dumber To may be the weekend’s top new release, but if it’s as bad as it looks and performs as poorly as its predecessor, it could fall to Beyond the Lights.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: All the best options are in limited release with Foxcatcher easily topping the list.
Peter J. Patrick: The limited releases are the class acts this week.
Tripp Burton: Some festival favorites, and heavy Oscar contenders, are sneaking out into theaters this weekend, and I am really looking forward to catching up on them.
Thomas LaTourrette: Am waiting for Foxcatcher, which has sounded like a good movie with excellent performances, for over a year. Hopefully, it will live up to its hype. Both Rosewater and Beyond the Lights could prove worthwhile, but someone else will have to go see Dumb and Dumber To, it won’t be me.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 7-9, 2014

It will be a glorious battle this weekend as Disney’s big gun, the animated adventure Big Hero 6 takes on regular box office behemoth Christopher Nolan. Ultimately, I think both will do incredibly well. I give the edge to Interstellar since its previews have been compelling and nicely targeted to Nolan fans.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I’m for sure seeing Big Hero 6 and may also see Interstellar. On the indie front, there are also two very strong possibilities in Brazilian blind gay coming of age story The Way He Looks and what’s sure to be one of the top contenders for Best Actor, The Theory of Everything.
Peter J. Patrick: And the Oscar nominations go to…quite possibly all four of this week’s major openings.
Tripp Burton: There are a lot of films this week vying for year-end awards, although none of them are calling me too hard.
Thomas LaTourrette: At last the Oscar films are starting to appear! Interstellar sounds interesting, if a bit flawed. Big Hero 6 sounds like a good animated film from Disney. However, The Theory of Everything with Eddie Redmayne’s starring performance sounds like the film to see.

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

I have a hard time seeing any of the new wide releases really scoring big this coming weekend. Nostalgia could put Saw at number one, but Nightcarwler has the widest release and could appeal to the broadest demographic.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Nightcrawler looks the most interesting of the wide releases while Horns will probably be the most fun of the specialty cases.
Peter J. Patrick: Oh, what a week! If you must see a horror film on Halloween there are enough such films available via DVD and streaming that you don’t have to subject yourself to this week’s bottom of the barrel new releases.
Tripp Burton: For Halloween weekend, all we are getting are thrillers and horror films; if you’re a fan of the genres, pick the most interesting premise and go for it!
Thomas LaTourrette: All four of these films have interesting concepts, but the one that really appeals is Nightcrawler, due to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance. Once again, there does not seem to be an Oscar nominee out this week.

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