The Blockbuster Report
We get not one, not two, but three wide releases this weekend. The ever growing Fast and Furious franchise adds Fast and Furious 6 to the family, The Hangover, Part III continues the story of our favorite (or not so favorite Wolfpack), and we have Epic, which I’ve refused to see in theaters because it is called Epic, a title that should be reserved for greater things like Lord of the Rings, Moby Dick, or The Illiad.
Surprisingly enough though, Epic is my movie to see of the weekend. Fast 6 looks fun if you like that kind of thing (that kind of thing being mindless action) but I don’t really. And I don’t really see the point to another Hangover film. Plus, this one’s getting some really negative reviews from critics, so you just may want to stay away.
So, in that way, Epic is kind of my default choice, but at least the animation looks sharp, even if the title isn’t. It is your typical scientist-discovers-really-small-kingdom-among-nature-and-scienist’s-relative-gets-shrunk-to-their-size-and-discovers-something-profound-film, but looks like it could be fun. And Pitbull’s in it so…you know…there’s that.
Limited release films this weekend include: Before Midnight, a continuation to the “Before” trilogy by director Richard Linklater, which looks to easily be the best sequel film out this weekend, and We Steal Secrets, a documentary looking at Wikileaks and its legacy in history, which may be worth a view as well.
Where do the Movies Come From?
Obviously The Hangover, Part III and Fast and Furious 6 are sequels. Epic is adapted from a children’s book by William Joyce called The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. (Wow, glad they didn’t use that as the title…still would have been better than Epic though.)
Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)
2) Upstream Color
3) Star Trek Into Darkness
4) Frances Ha
5) The Place Beyond the Pines
6) What Maisie Knew
7) Iron Man 3
9) Side Effects
10) The Croods
New additions: Star Trek Into Darkness (#3), Frances Ha (#4)
Departures: Warm Bodies, The Iceman