This Week In Theaters - June 20, 2014

Published: Jun 17, 2014 18:49pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Jun 17, 2014 @ 06:49pm EDT

 

In the battle between '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' for first place at the box office the comedy won out, $57 million to $50 million. Both movies didn't make as much as I expected them to but they should still end up successful by the time their runs are over. I ended up seeing 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' with my daughter on Father's Day and it was fantastic. An epic animated adventure with beautiful visuals, great action, and a ton of heart at its core. Maybe even better than the first film. 'The Fault In Our Stars' fell hard, almost 70 percent, all the way to fifth place with $15 million. 'Maleficent' was third with $18.5 million and 'Edge of Tomorrow' was fourth with $16.5 million.

Its a bit of a slower week with no big blockbusters. But there is another sequel to a successful comedy. 'Think Like A Man Too' is the follow up to the 2012 original which was a surprise hit with a mostly black cast. It really shouldn't have been much of a surprise when you have Kevin Hart leading a well made movie aimed at an audience that Hollywood mostly ignores. 'Think Like A Man' was a solid comedy no matter who you are despite a 53% Rotten Tomatoes score. I gave it a 7/10. The sequel continues the story with the cast heading to Las Vegas for a wedding but their adventures lead them to trouble. Not very original and comedy sequels are hard to do well but it should be fine as long as the quality is similar to the first film. Kevin Hart is funny and Meagan Good looks like her last name.

The other big release is the Clint Eastwood directed musical adaptation of 'Jersey Boys'. I had never heard of the musical but apparently it was successful enough to win a Tony award. The story follows the rise of The Four Seasons, a rock group formed in New Jersey by four young men from the 'wrong side of the tracks'. The only recognizable name in the cast is Christopher Walken. Eastwood is a mixed bag as a director as far as I'm concerned. 'Mystic River', 'Letters From Iwo Jima', and 'Gran Torino' are great but 'J. Edgar', 'Hereafter', and 'Invictus' are his latest and they range from 'meh' to 'pretty bad'. I'm not typically a fan of musicals but if the music is good it can overcome the format, a couple examples being 'Once' and 'Sweeney Todd'. Early reviews are mixed and I haven't seen much advertising so I'm not expecting big box office returns.

The only interesting limited release film this week is 'Venus In Fur' which is another movie adapted from a Tony award winning play. It appears as though its a bit of a meta story about a stage director trying to find an actress for a tough role and as soon as hes about to give up the perfect woman for the part comes in and gets it. Looks like things get weird from there but that can be expected in a film directed by Roman Polanski. Reviews are great and I really enjoyed 'The Ghost Writer' so I'll definitely be checking it out at some point.

Best Bet: I'm not expecting 'Jersey Boys' to be one of the musicals that I end up loving so I think its safe to say 'Think Like A Man Too' is the pick this week.


 

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