The Blockbuster Report
Ah, St. Valentine’s Day. Regardless of your plans this weekend, either with a significant other or on your lonesome, take a deep breath and promise yourself that you won’t go see a film just because it belongs in the romance genre. There are plenty of love films around this weekend, but they aren’t all worth your time. But before we talk about those, let’s briefly talk RoboCop.
The RoboCop remake has hit theaters, and it is my Film to Catch of the weekend. This may go down as my guilty pleasure of the year, but you know what? Its easily the best new film of the weekend, even if it is getting mixed reviews. And its still a better story than Twilight.
Also in wide release, we have three romance films. Winter’s Tale falls quite a bit short of its source material, the classic novel of the same name. About Last Night falls into tired cliches about what true love is, while at the same time really departing from its source material (which actually did the same thing). Endless Love falls into the same trap. Neither are worth your time. When will they ever learn?
Limited release films of note include The Returned, which features an interesting twist on living in a zombie world, and Jimmy P, starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. The latter film features a compelling true story about a Native American war veteran suffering from PTSD symptoms and his investigation into their true source.
Where Do They Come From?
There are four wide release films this weekend.
- About Last Night: Adaptation from a play by David Mamet.
- Endless Love: Adaptation, from the novel of the same name by Scott Spencer.
- RoboCop: Remake
- Winter’s Tale: Adaptation, from the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin.
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely.
International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. This weekend’s releases not included.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend or like all films on this list, but these are my favorites to win awards.
1) The Lego Movie (NEW)
2) Gimme Shelter (-1)
3) A Field In England (NEW)
4) At Middleton (-1)
5) Life of a King (-3)
6) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (-2)
7) The Monuments Men (NEW)
8) Ride Along (-3)
9) The Nut Job (-3)
10) Summer in February (-2)