This Week In Theaters - April 4, 2014

Published: Apr 03, 2014 15:35pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 03, 2014 @ 03:35pm EDT

 

Last weekend people flooded to the theater to see 'Noah'. Forced puns aside it did very well, bringing in almost $44 million dollars to go along with a nice opening outside of the United States as well. It should end up making money which makes me happy if for no other reason than one of my favorite directors (Darren Aronofsky) finding success and making it easier for him to find financing for future projects. Arnold Schwartzenegger on the other hand had one of the worst opening weekends of his career, at least since 'Red Sonja', with 'Sabotage'. $5 million is not what they were looking for. After 'The Expendables 3' Arnold might be forced to go in another direction. 'Cesar Chavez' made almost $3 million on over 600 screens and 'The Raid 2' won the per theater award with $165,292 on seven screens.

This weekend the longest running series in theaters continues with Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. I've been a Marvel fan since I was a kid. Reading the comics, watching the cartoons, and eventually enjoying their success on the big screen. Captain America never really interested me outside of being an Avenger in the comic books but I loved 'The First Avenger' back in 2011. Something about the period setting aesthetic combined with the light hearted fun nature of the film really surprised me in a great way. I also thought Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in 'The Avengers' was great and had some of the funniest parts of the film. I'm very interested to see how the character holds up on his own in a modern setting. I'm not the biggest fan of political thrillers but based on the trailers the action looks good here and I recognize the Winter Soldier storyline as a well received plot from the comics.

What Marvel is doing is incredibly smart. When they first started to run their own movie studio and releasing films in 2008 with 'Iron Man' and the subsequent films leading up to 'The Avengers' they were taking a big risk by putting a bunch of money into each property with the hopes that they would be rewarded handsomely by putting them all together in the same movie. Thats exactly what happened and that snowball effect has continued since then with 'Iron Man 3', 'Thor: The Dark World', and now 'The Winter Soldier'. Each film has a similar look and feel with slight differences giving it the quality of a massively budgeted television series with the powers that be providing an outline of where everything is going and letting different directors play in their sandbox so to speak. Its a freight train that is only picking up steam with more and more movies being released and a heightened pace and even multiple television shows to run on Netflix. Its an exciting proposition for comic book fans to see that medium come to life in another, and I'm chief among them.

There are a few limited releases coming out as well trying to pick at whats left of the box office dollar. 'Nymphomaniac: Volume 2' concludes the dark, twisted tale of a sex addict that started a couple weeks ago in volume one. A couple of movies that were first seen at Toronto International Film Festival last year finally make their way to theaters. 'Dom Hemingway' sees Jude Law playing the title character in an abrasive gangster dramedy thats getting mixed reviews. Scarlett Johansson plays a seductive alien in 'Under the Skin' continuing her recent string of critically acclaimed performances. Lastly theres 'Afflicted', a found footage horror thriller documenting two friend's trip around the world that goes perfectly normal I'm sure. The early reviews are good for that one as it also played at film festivals late last year.

Best Bet: The clear winner here is 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. The reviews are good, its sure to make a ton of money, and its the movie that most demands to be seen on the big screen. Any other movies of interest this week can be seen later and/or at home.


 

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