This Week In Theaters - August 29, 2014

Published: Aug 28, 2014 15:20pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Aug 28, 2014 @ 03:20pm EDT


Hello again! After taking some time off in the summer the column is back and pretty much the same as ever. The smash hit, record breaking 'Guardians of the Galaxy' bounced back into first place at the box office after 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' overtook it for a couple of weeks. 'Guardians' is now the top grossing domestic release of the year after its $17 million weekend. 'TMNT' was right behind with more than $16.5 million. The top newcomer was the Chloe Grace Moretz tear jerker 'If I Stay' with $15.5 million. The other new releases didn't fare as well, especially 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' which is easily the biggest flop of the summer coming in at just $6.5 million. Sports drama 'When the Game Stands Tall' came in a hair over $8 million.

Not much to shake up the game this weekend either as we've reached the doldrums of August before the festival circuit kicks in to gear which usually signals the start of potential award contending films. Relativity is trying to recapture the spirit of Pierce Brosnan's James Bond with the release of 'The November Man', a spy thriller that doesn't appear to be bringing anything new to the table. Tell me if this sounds familiar: An ex-CIA agent is enjoying retirement until hes brought back into the fold for one last mission but theres a potential mole in the group and he doesn't know who to trust. I thought so. With poor reviews, an uninspired cast, and a director whose filmography leaves much to be desired I'd say this is as good a movie as any to completely disregard when looking up at the movie times while standing in line at the theater.

The other "big" release is a horror movie titled 'As Above/So Below' that turns the underground of Paris into a hellhole. The psychological thriller follows a team of explorers that ventures into this other world as they discover the secrets within. Directed by the guy that did 'Devil' and 'Quarantine' I'd say theres at least a potentially decent horror flick on our hands here. I didn't really like either of those that much but they had their moments. Early reviews aren't great but they're not bad for 'The Congress' which comes out in limited release this weekend. It comes from the guy who directed 'Waltz with Bashir', Ari Folman, which was a fantastic movie that blended animation and live action performances in an interesting way. More of that kind of thing seems to be in store for us here as well as Robin Wright stars as an actress who signs away her digital likeness for a hefty payday. The story then follows Wright and her digital version and it sounds so weird that it just might work.

Best Bet: Unless you can find 'The Congress' at a theater near you I'd say skip any of the new releases. If you haven't seen 'Guardians of the Galaxy' yet, what are you waiting for? Its fantastic. But if you've seen everything worth seeing thats already out I'd take a gamble on the horror movie.


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