The Blockbuster Report
The Muppets return once again this weekend on a new adventure full of hilarity and intrigue, and this time Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell are in on the action. Muppets Most Wanted has been on the radar for a long time, and its finally here, which makes it my Film to Catch this weekend. Full review later on this weekend.
Divergent also hits theaters this weekend, and it has fallen into the YA trap. Adapted from the novel, this was hopefully going to be the next successful Young Adult franchise, following The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series. There’s a problem here though, as Divergent quickly veers into the generic, effectively destroying its story. Try again.
On the limited release front, some intriguing films have the spotlight. God’s Not Dead is a drama/dark comedy revolving around an atheist philosophy professor who fails any student who believes in God; Jodorowsky’s Dune is a cool new documentary about the never-released adaptation of the famous sci-fi novel “Dune,” that was set to feature Orson Wells, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali; A Birder’s Guide to Everything stars Ben Kingsley in a compelling story of a son who skips out on his father’s wedding to pursue the discovery of a lifetime. All three of these are worth a watch.
Where do They Come From?
- Divergent: Adapted from the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth.
- Muppets Most Wanted: Sequel.
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. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( +1 )
2) The Lego Movie ( -1 )
3) Gimme Shelter ( – )
4) Veronica Mars (NEW)
5) A Field In England ( – )
6) Grand Piano ( – )
7) Mr. Peabody & Sherman ( -3 )
8) Non-Stop ( -1 )
9) At Middleton ( -1 )
10) Son of God ( -1 )