This Week In Theaters - April 25, 2014

Published: Apr 23, 2014 15:48pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 23, 2014 @ 03:48pm EDT

 

'Heaven Is For Real' and so is 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' apparently as it stayed at number one at the box office over the religious film, beating it by three million ($25.5 million to $22.5 million). 'Transcendence' was most certainly not for real, at least Warner Brothers is wishing that was the case, coming in at a paltry $10.8 million. With a budget of $100 million, Johnny Depp from and center, and the critics slamming it its hard to do any worse than that. Ouch. Rounding out the new releases is 'A Haunted House 2' with just under $9 million and 'Bears' with just under $5 million.

Not too much to get excited about here in the last weekend of April before the summer blockbuster season officially kicks off next week along with May flowers but lets see what we've got. On a generic quality aside level there is a little bit of something for everyone. On the comedy side with a little bit of romance thrown in is 'The Other Woman'. Cameron Diaz stars as a woman who finds out her boyfriend (played by Jaime Lannister, so maybe this shouldn't be too much of a surprise) is married (to Leslie Bibb) but then teams up with her to find out about another girlfriend. Perhaps the, ahem, biggest draw is that the 'other woman' is played by sports illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton in what is sure to be her highest profile acting gig to date. The trailer didn't look very funny or good and reviews are mixed so it seems more like a Redbox rental to me.

On the horror front there is 'The Quiet Ones' starring Jared Harris who is probably best known as either Professor James Moriarty in 'Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows' or Lane in 'Mad Men'. In this movie he plays a professor (ah, now I see why he got the part) who conducts some sort of experiment on a young girl and discovers some dark stuff. Sounds... like every other horror movie that comes out. Its 'inspired' by true events so you know you can take everything that transpires on screen to the bank. This one is also sporting mixed reviews but I'd be more inclined to skip it outright. Unless you're one of those horror movie buffs that sees every film in the genre that comes out I guess. I can respect that.

To finish the tripod of basic movie types (the only thing missing is a children/family film. Oh hello there Rio 2!) is the action flick 'Brick Mansions' starring the recently deceased Paul Walker as an undercover cop trying to take out criminals in abandoned houses in Detroit. This movie looks absolutely terrible and in fact it makes me feel a little dirty. Would this movie even be released in theaters if the studio behind it didn't think it could squeeze some money out of the fact that Walker just passed away last year? Maybe thats not fair and it would've but the feeling I got from the TV spot that I saw was of a direct to DVD, buy it for a couple bucks in a clearance rack at 7-11 action movie. At the very least I guess it gives Paul Walker fans a chance to see him in theaters one more time leading up to 'Fast and Furious 7'. 

There are a couple limited releases that interest me, which is becoming a trend I know. Those tend to be the movies that I lean toward. First is 'Locke' starring Tom Hardy in a high concept story that reminds me of 'Buried' or 'Phonebooth' in that it takes place entirely in one location, in this case his car as hes driving. Reviews are good so I'm guessing there are some intense phone calls along the way. Tom Hardy is great in everything so him being the singular focus here has me very interested. The other indie release of note is 'Blue Ruin' which I have heard nothing but great things about since it debuted on the film festival circuit last year. All I know is that its a revenge story and that combined with the love of critics I trust is all I really need to know.

Best Bet: As usual if you can find the limited releases I mentioned I of course recommend seeing them but as for the wide releases I would go with 'The Other Woman'. Go for Kate Upton, stay for the chance that you might laugh a couple times.


 

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