This Week In Theaters - May 9, 2014

Published: May 09, 2014 17:15pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated May 09, 2014 @ 05:15pm EDT

 

It was inevitable but 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' easily won the weekend at the box office. With no reall competition to speak of it came away with $91.5 milion which is actually about $10 milllion less than was expected but it is doing gangbusters internationally. I reviewed the movie for the site here. Compared to the 54% Rotten Tomatoes score and some of the reactions I've seen, I think its getting a bit of a bum rap. If you are or ever were a fan of the Spider-Man comic books there is plenty to like and its worth a look.

This week brings the first big comedy of the summer with 'Neighbors' starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as, you guessed it, neighbors who can't seem to get along and therefore batte each other with pranks and other hijincks. Rose Byrne also stars to complete the solid cast directed by Nick Stoller, who made the solid comedy 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and its easily forgetable followup 'Get Him To the Greek'. I'm sure this is another R rated comedy in the same vein as his other efforts. Rogen can't help but be lovablle in pretty much anything hes in and the same could be said for Byrne besides her turn in 'Bridesmaids' when she was a great villain. I've never really been a fan of Efron but he seems to be leaning into it a bit here playing a douchebag. I actually laughed out loud during the trailler I saw which makes me worry that they're giving up too much of the surprise. Reviews are generally positive so I'm looking forward to it.

The other interesting release this weekend is 'Chef' directed by and starring Jon Favreu who is getting back to his indie fim roots after doing the Hollywood thing for a while. Following the success of 'Iron Man' he went on to make a couple of regrettable blockbusters in 'Iron Man 2' and 'Cowboys and Aliens'. Here hes a chef who quits his job at a resteraunt and refinds his love of cooking food by starting a food truck with his friend and ex-wife. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara pllays his ex-wife. I don't know how you let her go but we'll see how they handle it. I was a fan of 'Swingers' and 'Made' so I'm glad hes going back to more low end fare. Hes good at framing his character's relationships and with a good cast around him I don't see any reason that it couldn't work.

The only other notable releases are 'The Double' starring Jessie Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska in another doppleganger film. If you remember, 'Enemy' wiith Jake Gyllenhall just came out about a month ago. I'm a fan of Eisenberg and director Richard Ayoade's previous film 'Submarine'. 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' is a kids animated film that has gotten almost no marketing as far as I've seen, and I watch Disney Jr all day with my daughter. It doesn't sound good and reviews are terrible so I'd say its safe to pass. 'Mom's Night Out' is also getting terrible reviews and again I haven't heard a peep about it until I just looked it up. Patricia Heaton and Sean Astin are the only recognizable names in a movie about moms going out and getting into trouble. Sounds like the theme of this week's releases is incredibly on the nose titles. But I digress...

Best Bet: I would say choose between 'Chef' and 'Neighbors' but since only one of them is getting a wide release, 'Neighbors' it is.


 

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