This Week In Theaters - March 28, 2014

Published: Mar 28, 2014 17:07pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 28, 2014 @ 05:13pm EDT

 

Last weekend brought us our biggest opening weekend for a live action film for 2014 as 'Divergent' raked in just under $55 million. That's not a spectacular opening but certainly good enough to guarantee we see more of that franchise. Last week I told you to wait for the buzz before deciding whether to see it or not. Audiences loved it, giving it an 'A' Cinema Score but it was predominately panned by critics (40% on Rotten Tomatoes). This one seems more 'Twilight' than 'Hunger Games' so take that for what it's worth. 

The other big release, 'Muppets Most Wanted', really disappointed. I mentioned I didn't realize it was even coming out and apparently audiences didn't either as it only made $17 million. I blame the marketing department for that. Or maybe the novelty wore off after the first one. On the other end 'God's Not Dead' came out of nowhere to make a little over $9 million. I don't know.

This week is interesting. One of my favorite film makers has the biggest release but it's not his typical fare. Darren Arronofsky has made some of my favorite movies with 'Black Swan', 'The Wrestler', 'Requiem For A Dream' but the one film of his I don't particularly care for is 'The Fountain' which the new release 'Noah' seems to resemble the most. Arronofsky has attempted big budget Hollywood films before (Batman and Wolverine) but this is the first one he didn't drop out of. Noah's arc is a hard story to tell with how silly it could easily get but I have faith in Arronofsky to make it work and the reviews are mostly good. I'll definitely be checking this one out at some point.

The other wide release is 'Sabotage' another attempt by Arnold Schwartzenegger to get back to relevancy in the movie business. In this one he plays a member of a DEA team where after a successful job they start getting killed one by one. The reviews aren't good and I haven't liked the first two movies Arnold has done since he came back but I still have some interest in this since it's written and directed by David Ayer. I really liked his last movie 'End of Watch' and he's pretty good at these street level stories.

In limited release this week we have 'Cesar Chavez' with Michael Pena playing the titular character. I don't know much about this one but the reviews are mixed. Not much buzz here. But there is some for 'The Raid 2', sequel to 'The Raid: Redemption', a crazy, intense, violent martial arts action film. It was a fast moving thriller where the main character literally advanced levels in a building with the fighting ramping up more and more at each stop. The sequel features more of the same but is an hour longer, giving it more mythology.

Best bet: If it were my money I'd be going to see 'Noah' but if a period piece biblical drama just doesn't interest you at all then I think there's enough interesting things going on to hopefully have a good time at 'Sabotage'.


 

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