This Week In Theaters - September 12, 2014

Published: Sep 10, 2014 16:51pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 10, 2014 @ 04:51pm EDT


I was getting ready to write this article last week when I looked at the scheduled releases and realized that there weren't any. The only wide release was a religious drama about an Elvis impersonator called 'The Identical' which opened in 12th place with $1.5 million over the weekend. I wouldn't have had much to say about that and the article probably would've been a single paragraph with me ultimately telling you to go see 'Guardians of the Galaxy' again which apparently alot of people did as it remained at first place with $10.5 million in its sixth weekend. Overall it was slowest weekend at the box office in six years. Labor Day weekend is always a lackluster time for new releases with summer ending and kids just getting back to school but this year was particularly rough.

Not too much to talk about this weekend either but compared to last week its a treasure trove. The widest release is 'Dolphin Tale 2' the sequel to the 2011 original about a Dolphin who loses his tail but is rehabbed with a prosthetic. The entire cast (Harry Connick Jr, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson) is back to continue the story. I never saw the first one but I'm guessing its the 'Free Willy' of this generation, another kids animal saving franchise that spawned sequels. The first 'Dolphin Tale' didn't do that great at the box office but I guess DVD sales were enough to suggest a sequel bump could be in the works. If it doesn't work out this weekend with movie goers starved for something decent to watch it was never going to.

A less family friendly wide release this weekend is 'No Good Deed', the story of a married woman with two children who gets conned into letting a man into her house which turns out to be a big mistake when things get ugly. I haven't heard anything about this movie and there are no early reviews which is typically a bad sign but alot of film critics are away at film festivals like TIFF in Toronto. The cast is led by two really good actors that I like in Idris Elba (American Gangster, Thor, The Wire) and Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hustle and Flow) but the premise sounds generic and hacky on paper. My gut says its not going to be good but I'd still rather see it than 'Dolphin Tale 2'.

There are a few interesting indie releases starting with 'The Drop', a small time gangster movie starring the great Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini's final on screen performance. Its directed by Michael Roskam who made the critically acclaimed 'Bullhead' and written by Dennis Lehane who wrote 'Mystic River' and 'Gone Baby Gone'. If thats not enough to get you interested the early reviews are also good. Reviews are even better for 'The Skeleton Twins', a dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as the twins in queustion as they try to repair their relationship. Everything I've heard praises their performances as different than their usual roles. Lastly theres 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby', a unique look at relationships depending on whos perspective you're hearing from. Its stars my favorite actress (Jessica Chastain) and James McAvoy. Hes pretty good too.

Best Bet: 'The Drop' is right up my alley and its playing in 500 theaters so there is a chance its available this weekend but if you're only options are the wide releases I say go with 'No Good Deed'.


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