Looking at the Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 23-25, 2015None 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

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

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

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