This Week In Theaters - May 23, 2014

Published: May 19, 2014 17:54pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated May 19, 2014 @ 05:54pm EDT


'Godzilla' roared into first place with $93 million which as an opening weekend is even more than 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and almost as much as 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' with a lower budget than both. I guess the box office failure of 'Pacific Rim' wasn't exactly indicative of what audiences think of monster movies. With the new entry at the top 'Neighbors' was bumped down to second place with $25 million. 'Spider-Man' got the bronze medal with almost $17 million. The only other new entry to register was 'Million Dollar Arm' with a disappointing $10.5 million in fourth place. Looks like Jon Hamm's movie career is going to have to wait a little bit longer to really take off.

Its back to the comic book universe this weekend with the return of the X-Men in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. The last we saw of them was in 'X-Men: First Class' which was a reboot of sorts, taking place in the 70's, telling an origin story of sorts for both Magneto and Proffesor X - Charles Xavier. That was an inconsistent but overall pretty good movie. In this iteration they're introducing time travel to combine the rosters of both the 'First Class' and original X-Men teams to take down a new threat, the Sentinals. Bryan Singer (director of 'X-Men' and 'X2: X-Men United') returns to the franchise after a fairly unsuccessful run of films over the last decade or so. 'Superman Returns' and 'Jack and the Giant Slayer' come to mind. But I'm optimistic since he did so well with the first two installments. He really seems to get these characters more than any other director thats taken a crack at them.

As a fan of the X-Men comic books this has been a series I've paid particular attention to. I'm glad its rebounded with 'First Class' and 'The Wolverine' after the incredibly disappointing 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and I'm hoping that upward momentum continues here. Days of Future Past was a great storyline in the comics and the material is there for a great film if they utilize it correctly. The Sentinals are an iconic X-Men villain from the comics and even from the animated series. Fans have been looking forward to them appearing in these films for years. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, creator of said Sentinals, is a great choice. Everyone knows how good he is from 'Game of Thrones'. Reviews are good but it would be a must see for me regardless.

The other big release, and I say that disapprovingly, is 'Blended' the latest entry in the 'Adam Sandler puts garbage on the screen and makes millions' genre. This time Sandler and Drew Barrymore have a bad blind date and then end up at the same place on vacation with their kids. I'm going to guess that they end up falling in love. Going out on a huge limb there. I used to be a fan of Adam Sandler movies with 'Billy Madison', 'Happy Gilmore', and even 'Big Daddy' but ever since 'Click' its been nothing but junk. Its like he figured out that it doesn't matter how much effort he puts into these things hes going to rake in the bucks so why not just use it as a paid vacation with his actor buddies. The worst part is he can act when he wants to. 'Punch Drunk Love' and 'Funny People' are great and hes great in them but they don't fill his bank account enough. Hes getting closer and closer to making the movies he parodied of himself in 'Funny People'. I stuck around longer than I should've hoping he'd turn it around but I refuse to watch any of his so called comedies anymore unless reviews are great, which they never are.

The only indie film that looks any good this week is 'Cold In July'. It stars Dexter Morgan (some people know him as Michael C Hall) as a family man in Texas who shoots and kills a home invader and gets in more trouble than he ever bargained for when the victim's father (played by Sam Shephard) gets out of jail looking for revenge. The premise alone sounds interesting but the trailer was also good and reviews from Sundance were great. Its too bad they didn't make Michael C Hall's character a lumberjack.

Best Bet: Another easy choice this week. 'Cold In July' can wait for DVD but 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is something that should be seen in theaters.


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