Looking at the Weekend

Looking at the Weekend: May 15-17, 2015

It will be interesting to see how two cult favorites can do with sequels of completely different styles. I suspect the more established franchise will top the more recent one. However, it will be most interesting if either can stave off the third week of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Both of this week’s new releases look good, so I’m going to pick both.
Peter J. Patrick: Not having ever watched a Mad Max film or seen the original Pitch Perfect, I have no desire to see either of this week’s major releases.
Tripp Burton: It’s a sequel and a reboot, both to films that I never had much interest in seeing more of, but they both have a lot of fans so check them out. The films both seem to be picking up good buzz.
Thomas LaTourrette: I enjoyed both Pitch Perfect and some of the original Mad Max movies, so these will be fine to see though I am looking forward to some more original fair eventually.

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Looking at the Weekend: May 8-10, 2015

Avengers will hold the top spot for a second week, but Hot Pursuit should open in second.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Nothing this week looks really exciting.
Peter J. Patrick: A light release week in which three out of four may actually turn out to be good films.
Tripp Burton: Nothing great-looking this weekend, but most everything looks harmless enough!
Thomas LaTourrette: None of the films sound that appealing, not that terrible but nothing I am really looking forward to seeing.

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Looking at the Weekend: May 1-3, 2015

How high will the Avengers sequel climb at the box office? There’s zero competition, so it could be huge.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I’m less excited about the new Avengers movie than I expected to be.
Peter J. Patrick: The latest entry in a popular franchise and the latest version of a classic novel first filmed in 1909 could make this a better than usual week at the movies.
Tripp Burton: Two of this year’s more anticipated films come out this week, although they are on opposite sides of the spectrum and are anticipated by opposite crowds, mostly!
Thomas LaTourrette: There are two very different movies opening that will appeal to those divergent crowds. Each sounds good in its own way, so there should be something worth seeing this weekend. Or for weeks to come as the Avengers movie will be around a long time.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 24-26, 2015

Furious 7 is likely to finally fall from the top position against the time-twisting romance Age of Adaline.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Age of Adaline has promise, but the inexperienced director behind it doesn’t give one hope.
Peter J. Patrick: This week’s new releases seem to offer something new. We shall see.
Tripp Burton: Oh man, does this week look dreary!
Thomas LaTourrette: Both The Age of Adaline and Adult Beginners sound like enjoyable if not very deep films and could be worth seeing. The other two sound a bit manipulative for my tastes.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 17-19, 2015

Another week at the top for Furious 7 is likely, but Paul Blart may be a tough comeptitor.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Unfriended might be interesting, but Child 44 is probably the better option.
Peter J. Patrick: Some of this week’s new films seem moderately interesting, but nothing really screams “must-see”.
Tripp Burton: Lots of genre fare this week, so pick what suits your fancy!
Thomas LaTourrette: Monkey Kingdom and Child 44 sound like very diverse winners and could be worth seeing. The other two don’t excite me much.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 10-12, 2015

Another week with no competition, so the only question is will the latest Nicholas Sparks offering top the second weekend of Furious 7 or will it be a short ride? Chalk up another weekend for the seventh journey of the Fast and Furious crew.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The real quality stuff come from the specialty box office where Clouds of Sils Maria and Ex Machina both have great potential.
Peter J. Patrick: Some interesting new films but nothing that can’t wait for DVD.
Tripp Burton: There is some really good stuff coming out this weekend, but you need to search beyond the megaplex
Thomas LaTourrette: Clouds of Sils Maria sounds like a well acted, thoughtfully made film. A rarity for this time of year, but one to look forward to. The remainder don’t sound so accomplished.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 3-5, 2015

Even if something else had opened wide this weekend, Furious 7 was going to dominate anyway.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I haven’t seen any of the Fast & Furious films. That will not change this week. Of the rest, none of the indie releases seem that interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: A couple of decent art-house entries this week, but nothing that can’t wait for DVD.

Thomas LaTourrette: Having never seen a Fast & Furious film, I doubt I will start with number 7. The limited releases both have interesting premises, but, unfortunately, the early reviews are not kind.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 27-29, 2015

Ferrell and Hart are most likely to be the weekend’s winners, though Home probably deserves it more.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Home seems like a sweet animated comedy while on the indie side, my curiosity is piqued by both White God and A Girl Like Her.
Peter J. Patrick: This appears to be a pretty dismal week at the movies.
Tripp Burton: Yet again, the limited releases look far more intriguing than the wide releases.
Thomas LaTourrette: A rather strange week of films. I was hoping Home would be better than the reviews are making it sound. White God might prove interesting, or maybe just weird.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 20-22, 2015

The second part of the Divergent series should easily best the weekend’s other new releases. Whether it can top the second weekend of Cinderella depends on a lot of things, but I think it should still win.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The original Divergent was engaging enough that it makes this weekend’s release my best bet for a good time.
Peter J. Patrick: Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series and Kumiko about a woman under the spell of the 1996 film Fargo, seem to be the week’s best bets.

Thomas LaTourrette: A rather lackluster week, though Kumiko might prove interesting. Divergent was relatively enjoyable, but Insurgent is not getting terribly good reviews.

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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 13-15, 2015

Disney has little competition this weekend for box office dominance and should do some spectacular numbers.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Early response from critics seems positive, so it’s possible Cinderella might not be at all bad. Home Sweet Hell seems more entertaining.
Peter J. Patrick: Hopefully Disney’s live-action Cinderella lives up to the hype because nothing else this week seems the least bit engaging.
Tripp Burton: Cinderella looks like a sweet family film, but everything else looks like middling genre fare.
Thomas LaTourrette: The previews don’t make it look that exciting, but the early reviews of Cinderella sound pretty good. Otherwise it is a weekend of horror films or Liam Neeson beating people up.

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

It’ll be a tough weekend for Unfnished Business, which will be trying become a comedy hit, but struggling against the sci-fi spectacle of Chappie.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Chappie might be good, it might not. Neill Blomkamp didn’t do badly with Elysium, but it was a step down from District 9. Either way, the concept of Chappie might be interesting enough to make it succeed. The rest of this weekend’s releases aren’t taht interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: This is the first time this year in which there are actually going to be three new films I would go out to see.
Tripp Burton: A lot of genre fare this week that doesn’t really float my boat, but choose your own personal poison.
Thomas LaTourrette: Neill Blomkamp has had some interesting films, so Chappie may be worth seeing. I am not sure of the rest of the slate.

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

Give Will Smith his credit as this may be a rebound hit for him after the disastrous performance of After Earth.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Nothing in wide release looks good, but three in limited have potential: ’71, Maps to the Stars and Wild Canaries.
Peter J. Patrick: There’s nothing new this week I’m in any hurry to see, but ’71 looks something I’d like to see eventually.
Tripp Burton: Now that Oscar season is over, I guess we will have to wait longer for next year’s nominees to start coming out. None of these wide-releases look promising.
Thomas LaTourrette: The limited releases sound better than the wides, so go to your art house cinemas.

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 20-22, 2015

Although I doubt it will beat out Fifty Shades of Grey in its second week, of the three new wide releases, Hot Tub Time Machine has what it takes to be the top new wide release.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: None of this week’s wide releases seem that interesting, though Wild Tales might be.
Peter J. Patrick: Stay home this weekend and watch the Oscars.
Tripp Burton: The mainstream films this week don’t look too urgent, so I’ll be watching awards shows all weekend.
Thomas LaTourrette: Except for Wild Tales, it is another sad set of films being released.

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Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 13-14, 2015

It’s another Valentine’s victory in the offing as Fifty Shades of Grey, the smutty bestseller is certain to crush all competitors this weekend.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I have zero desire to watch the misogynistic best seller get turned into a misogynistic box office hit. Kingsman may end up being crap, but at least it will be fun pulp.
Peter J. Patrick: Well, I won’t be seeing any new movies this weekend, but that shouldn’t stop you if any of these three completely different types of films should happen to be up your alley.
Tripp Burton: Things are looking pretty grim this week…when does the next awards season start again?
Thomas LaTourrette: Another weekend to catch up on the Oscar-nominated films.

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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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