This Week In Theaters - April 11, 2014

Published: Apr 11, 2014 17:19pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 11, 2014 @ 05:19pm EDT


Captain America lived up to his name last weekend as 'The Winter Soldier' broke the opening weekend box office record for the month of April with $95 million. Marvel can seemingly do no wrong and this just makes the potential head to head matchup of 'Captain America 3' and 'Batman vs. Superman' in 2016 all the more interesting. They're both currently slated to open on the same day. While I certainly expect one of them to move up or down the calendar, I'd have to think DC might be the ones to flinch after this showing from the Captain.

This weekend has a few challengers to the number one box office spot but I see 'The Winter Soldier' holding on for one more week. 'Rio 2' would be the biggest challenger, sequel to the 2011 original. Its a talking animal adventure in the amazon once again. I never saw 'Rio'. Just never had any interest in the project. The only thing I really remember about it is Jamie Foxx and Will.I.Am. singing a song from the soundtrack on American Idol and fast forwarding. It currently has about a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and there hasn't been an animated movie since 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' all of a month ago so it might be a good enough excuse to take the kids out to the theater. For me it looks like a pass. I'll wait for 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' to come out in a few months.

For the sports fans out there theres a new Kevin Costner football movie sponsored by the NFL for you to skip. 'Draft Day' looks like it was made by somebody that doesn't know a thing about the sport. Its follows the Cleveland Browns and their preparation leading up to the NFL draft and I would assume ultimately ends up with them making their picks. I'm not sure what the stakes could be for this movie since nobody knows whether a draft was successful or not until at least two or three years after it happens. I'm guessing its about how the Browns are a terrible team underestimated by everyone and wow! Would you look at this! They've traded up to get the first pick of the draft! Who cares? They'll probably throw a schlocky romantic angle or 'Trouble With the Curve' style father-daughter angle on it to try to appease everyone. No thanks, I'd rather just watch the real thing next month.

The last major release is a horror film that goes for scares over blood and guts. 'Oculus' tells the story of a brother and sister who's parents were killed and the son was convicted of their murders. After serving time he goes about his life but his sister thinks something else was responsible for the deaths. I like a good horror movie and this one has a 72% positive review percentage on RT but they just seem so hard to come by. I feel like the success rate for horror movies has to be one of the lowest of any genre along with romantic comedies. If its more 'Paranormal Activity' than 'Insidious' I'd be happy to check it out.

On the limited release front there are a couple of films that I'm looking forward to. 'Joe' is the latest movie from David Gordon Green (director of 'Pineapple Express') starring Nicholas Cage and Tye Sheridan. Green is a director whos first few films were more on the serious side (and very good), then he went down a comedy path where the quality dipped, and now seems to be back to his roots. I loved 'Prince Avalanche' from last year. I've also enjoyed both of Sheridan's performances ('Mud' and 'The Tree of Life') and when Cage is good, hes really good. This story is about a troubled kid who turns to Cage's character Joe as a father figure. 'Only Lovers Left Alive' is the other one, Jim Jarmusch's latest starring Tilda Swinton and Loki's Tom Hiddleston as vampires. Ever since seeing 'Broken Flowers' late last year I've been very interested in his work.

Best Bet: If you haven't seen 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' yet, do that. Otherwise, I'd lean towards 'Oculus' if you can't find a theater with one of those limited releases playing in it.


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