This Week In Theaters - May 30, 2014

Published: May 28, 2014 18:01pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated May 28, 2014 @ 06:01pm EDT


Another week in May and another successful blockbuster opening weekend. There still hasn't been a massive hit, no $100 million opening weekends, but 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' joins 'Captain America: Winter Soldier', 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', and 'Godzilla' with a $90+ million opening ($90.8 million to be exact). The holiday weekend should help it sustain some momentum as well as the great word of mouth. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for 'Godzilla' which stumbled 66% to $31 million in its second weekend. The bigger they are the harder they fall I guess. But the best news of the weekend has to be that Adam Sandler's newest piece of junk flopped at the box office. The $40 million romantic comedy was only able to make $14 million to go along with a 14% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Maybe if audiences stop paying to see Sandler's admitted 'paid vacations' he'll actually go back to making an effort.

There are no big superhero movies this week but there are a couple interesting releases to talk about. 'Maleficent' features Angelina Jolie as the titular character and villain of Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' and how she comes to be. It sounds like an origin story of sorts which is interesting for a family friendly Disney film. On paper it sounds like it has more potential than the recent fairy tale action movies like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Oz the Great and Powerful'. I'm hoping it can be something along the lines of 'Snow White and the Huntsmen' which I actually enjoyed quite a bit. Jolie is more than capable of putting on a great villainous performance but I'm worried it could wind up being a bit silly. Early reviews are mixed and its a first time director so we'll see...

The other wide release is Seth MacFarlane's comedy movie follow up to the surprise hit 'Ted' from a couple summers ago, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'. As you might imagine this is an R rated comedy western starring MacFarlane himself as the main protaganist with Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Neil Patrick Harris rounding out the cast. Based on the trailer it looks like another joke a minute affair along the lines of a live action 'Family Guy' set in the wild west so if you're a fan of that show I'm sure this will be right up your alley. 'Ted' was the same way and I liked it but that was more cartoonish what with the talking stuffed bear and all. Early reviews aren't good but comedy is probably the most subjective genre of film. It'll all come down to if the jokes hit more often than they miss for you. I'm looking forward to it as a Redbox rental in a few months.

This week in indie releases we have 'Filth' starring James McAvoy as a corrupt cop who is trying to get a promotion and will do whatever he thinks it'll take to get it. The script was written by 'Trainspotting' scribe Irvine Welsh so you know the story will be dark and twisted. Sounds like a fun role for a talented actor like McAvoy. Reviews are pretty positive and its always interesting when the main character is morally questionable at best when its done well ('The Wolf of Wall Street'). The other limited release is 'Night Moves' which is about radical environmentalists who try to take matters into their own hands. Sounds alot like 'The East' which was decent but forgettable but in this case we're following Jessie Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. Kelly Reichardt is a director with a unique style that I haven't been a fan of as yet but alot of critics love. In 'Meek's Cutoff' and 'Wendy and Lucy' I could never connect with the films. It was almost too realistic, I found them boring. Three strikes and I'm out but I haven't given up yet.

Best Bet: Normally when its close I'll lean towards the comedy but in this case I think the premise is interesting enough to nudge people towards 'Maleficent', especially if you have kids that are at least school age.


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