From thriller to sci-fi to drama to gangster, this week’s new releases run the gamut of genre, but with relatively little to show for it.
If you’re a sentimental type, this could turn out to be a great opening weekend. If you’re not, well, better luck next week.
As is often the case in January and February, there are much fewer options this week, with only two films making a large, nationwide release. However, both do happen to have at least the possibility for redeeming elements and themes.
Want to see a movie this weekend but don’t know which one? Then you’re at the right place. Here’s the lowdown on movies on the big screen this weekend.
The Hunger Games was one of the few films that matched the book in its quality. Catching Fire looks like it will be equally good, if not more so. The 75th Hunger Games is announced to be taking tributes from the pool of existing victors. It’s really more than that, though. There’s a lot of political unrest, and Katniss has become a symbol of hope and rebellion. President Snow is determined to put her down, so she has to figure out a way to survive. What clips have been released show superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in top form. This is also my favorite of the three books and has some very intriguing characters. It’s going to be epic. Read my review of the book here.
I really like Shia LaBeouf, but it’s a no-brainer for me on this one. Skip it. Even the trailer seems like it’s trying to do too many things at once. A dead guy on a plane, the kid next to him meets his daughter, his daughter has a crazy ex-husband that likes to kill people, and he falls in love with her, and yeah. Too many things. The trailer also gives the impression that the movie is going to use as many excuses as it can for nudity and sex, and the rating advisory includes “language throughout.” Translation: 50+ f-bombs and naked girls. That’s what this movie offers. Don’t give it a second thought.
Thor: The Dark World
The pre-Avengers movies were pretty good. Thor was one of my favorites. The Avengers upped the ante. The question then became if the next movies would live up to the same standard. Iron Man 3 definitely did. Thor: The Dark World looks like it will live up those expectations, even pass them with flying colors. The idea of Thor and Loki fighting on the same side is awesome enough, especially when they’re fighting a villain played by Christopher Eccleston, who is one of the most underrated actors of our day, how can you not be excited?