This Week In Theaters - September 26, 2014

Published: Sep 25, 2014 18:36pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:36pm EDT


The three new releases took over the box office last weekend all finishing in the top three. 'The Maze Runner' finished at the top of the heap with $32.5 million which is fantastic for a September release. Theres no doubt we'll be seeing future installments of that franchise. 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' was second with close to $13 million and 'This is Where I Leave You' was third with $11.5 million. My pick of the week 'Tusk' flopped its way to $850,000 for 14th place. It had a very small budget (~$3 million) but thats still below expectations. Its the kind of film that should do better on demand/DVD.

This weekend we have a couple of big releases starting with the latest Denzel Washington vehicle, 'The Equalizer'. Its based on the 1980's television series of the same name about a man with a mysterious past named McCall who comes out of 'retirement' to help a girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who is in trouble with the Russian mob. Its a hard R suspense thriller in which Denzel is kicking ass and taking names. Sounds good to me. It might not be the most original story in the world but Denzel is always entertaining to watch even if he isn't always in the best movies. He'll bring his charisma to the role and make the action convincing. Early reviews are mixed but with the director (Antoine Fuqua) behind 'Training Day' and 'Shooter' I'm interested enough to give it a look.

Next up is an animated kids movie from studio Laika who made the claymation gems 'Coraline' and 'ParaNorman'. 'The Boxtrolls' is made in the same manner and looks as visually interesting as those films did. I love these kinds of movies, 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Laika also tends to make their movies a little deeper than most kids films with wit and heart. This one is about creatures, known as the titular Boxtrolls, who raise a human child until the villain of the film (played by Ben Kingley) tries to eliminate them. Its a great voice cast to go along with Kingsley with Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Tracy Morgan as well. Reviews are good not great but that isn't scaring me away from one of the best animation studios around's latest offerring.

On the indie circuit is David Cronenberg's ('Eastern Promises', 'A History of Violence', etc.) latest, 'Maps to the Stars'. Its a Hollywood movie abouut Hollywood, they love that. The cast is solid with John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska teaming up for this social satire about our celebrity obsessed culture. I'm a big fan of the two Cronenberg movies I mentioned above but I didn't like his last two movies at all ('Cosmopolis' and 'A Dangerous Method'). I'm not sure if this is going to be up my alley but hes earned my interest enough for me to check it out at some point.

Best Bet: I'm listening to the kid in me this week and recommending 'The Boxtrolls'. Some light hearted quirky fun before the serious award season stuff starts rolling in.


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