This Weekend in Cinema – 6/5/2014 – All You Need is Tom

Posted: June 5, 2014 in This Weekend in Cinema, Top Films
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The Blockbuster Report


As opposed to last weekend, this time around we have a very good slate of films in both wide and limited release. My personal Film to Catch is Edge of Tomorrow, which is a little crazy because I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan. However, this one looks to have some great action and a compelling plot. Its a bit of type-casting, but Tom looks like he’ll give this a good turn. Also looking good in wide release is The Fault in Our Stars, a dramady starring Shailene Woodley, which tells the tale of two teenagers who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

In limited release, there’s a trio of solid horror films (or potentially solid films) Willow Creek, a found-footage tale which replaces the Blair Witch with Bigfoot, is probably the best. But there’s also Borgman, about a vagrant wanderer (who may happen to resemble a nightmare demon from German folklore) who causes chaos in an upper class Dutch family, and The Sacrament, which takes on a modern cult. Without actually seeing it, I hate to pass judgment, but The Sacrament does get pretty brutal, and, from what I’ve heard, crosses over the line from well-crafted horror to a violence fest, although the suspense is kept up very well. What else would you expect from director Ti West? I loved The Innkeepers, which he wrote, so he seems to have the horror genre down right.

The only film I’d have to say to completely avoid is Obvious Child, which is just basically a propaganda film trying to mask itself as empowering women, when all it actually does is depict them as being able to behave like teenagers for the rest of their lives.

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Edge of TomorrowThe Fault in Our StarsWillow Creek, Borgman

Meh: The Sacrament

Stay Away: Obvious Child

Where do They Come From? Included are last week’s films.

  • Edge of Tomorrow: Based on novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Based on novel of the same name by John Green.
  • Maleficent: Based on the Grimm fairy tale.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West: Original
  • Chef: Original (achieved wide release status last week)

Original: 21

Adaptation: 22
Sequel/Prequel: 6
Remake: 1
Re-release: 1
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 ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Blue Ruin ( – )
5) Locke ( – )
6) X-Men: Days of Future Past ( – )
7) Belle ( +3 )
8) Chef ( -2 )
9) Joe ( -1)
10) Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (NEW)

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