In Theaters this Week (May 10-16)

Expectation: 75/100

Expectation: 75/100

Wide Release: No amount of bad reviews can change how I feel about Gatsby. It’s one of the greatest American stories, and I can only hope that it will translate well to the big screen. If the reviews are correct, this will be the 2nd unsuccessful adaptation of this wonderful novel. The main complaint that I find in reviews of The Great Gatsby is that it tries too hard to be modern, and ‘Gatsby’ is simply not a story that needs to be modernized. This is one of the best casts we’ve seen this year, which gives any film fan hope. I’m not letting the poor reviews get me down, and I’m hoping for the best with The Great Gatsby. RT: 48%


Expectation: 15/100

Wide Release: I’ve grown to accept that movies like this are made. Real film fans ignore them, and casual movie goers fall for the same scheme over and over again. It’s not entertaining. It’s not funny. It’s simply not good. Peeples will be the same as movies of the similar kind (i.e. Tyler Perry movies, The Big Wedding, Couple’s Retreat). Reviews for Peeples just further confirm what we already knew. Stay far, far away. RT: 38%


Expectation: 40/100

The only good thing to have Eli Roth’s name attached to it is Inglourious Basterds. I expect that streak to continue with Aftershock. I can’t remember the last time (if ever) that I saw a movie set in Chile, so they get some originality points for that. The setting also indicates that the filmmakers did not target the USA audience, but instead have tried to make it an international hit. Risky move, but it might prove to be very clever. The movie that I could not stop thinking about when I watched the trailer was The Darkest Hour (4/10). That movie was underwhelming and Aftershock looks far too similar for it to be any different. Aftershock will receive a limited release on May 1oth.

In Theaters this Week (May 3- 9)


Expectation: 75/100

And let the summer begin… Iron Man 3 comes out this week.

With Robert Downey Jr. confirming that $50 million of the films budget went to him.. viewers begin to wonder: Is it worth it? Yeah, Iron Man was pretty sick and falls in my top 5 superhero movies. With that being said, we have to face the fact that Iron Man 2 was incredibly mediocre. Bring in a new director for Iron Man 3.. and viewers are immediately sucked back in. I like Marvel’s efforts, and Iron Man 3 will not be the first movie of theirs that I don’t see. No matter how good (or bad) viewers think it will be, I guarantee just about all of us will go see it. Marvel’s movies are not always good (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), but most of them are.. don’t expect Iron Man 3 to be the best of Marvel, but it will entertain us for all 130 minutes. Oh, and don’t expect anything new.. it will be the same thing that we’ve seen, and honestly, I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing.


Expectation: 70/100

Nobody was going to challenge Iron Man 3 with a wide release this weekend.The Iceman is receiving a limited release (4 theaters) on May 3rd. It stars five quality actors: Ray Liotta, Chris Evans (Captain America), Winona Ryder, Michael Shannon, and James Franco. Oh, and David Scwimmer makes an appearance. The storyline looks exciting and it comes from an amazing true story. It is made by a young, relatively unknown director, which is surprising for the amount of big names in the cast. The Iceman shows more promise than most releases so far this year, but mixed reviews plus an unknown director is definitely something worth raising the red flag about. The strong cast will carry it threw what otherwise would have been a very questionable $10 million budget. Living in Los Angeles, I do have access to the limited release if I decide that The Iceman is worth getting off my ass for.

There are two other notable limited releases this week: Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s, and Love is all you Need. Click on each movie to see their trailers.

In Theaters this Week (April 26 – May 2)


Expectation: 50/100

Pain & Gain. Hmmm… one of my least favorite directors directing a movie starring a mediocre action star and one of my favorite actors. Michael Bay is a joke of director. He relies too heavily on special effects and not heavily enough on a script or even a developed storyline. Dwayne Johnson is an actor that will keep getting strong and stronger, but his acting will stay equally as disappointing. Now Mark Wahlberg is a different story. I had always had respect for this man, but after seeing The Fighter, my appreciation for his work went through the roof. When I met him in person last year, I realized that I was meeting one of my favorite actors. Now I might be able to get over my hatred for Michael Bay if he actually decides to direct a quality script. While I am interested in the story behind Pain & Gain, I just can’t see any quality material behind this one.

Expectation: 10/100

Expectation: 10/100

The Big Wedding. I could have told you what a disaster this one was going to be before it received an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t know what it is with these ensemble comedies, but they really seem to be a disaster as of late. Just take a few examples from the last couple years: New Year’s Eve, Movie 43, Valentine’s Day. These are all movies that have caused viewers to feel like they have just wasted an hour and a half of their life. Expect The Big Wedding to be soon forgotten, and I don’t think that will be a bad thing. Oh, and I thought De Niro was done with this shit after Silver Linings Playbook.. I guess I was wrong.


Expectation: 90/100

Mud. There were three movies that I was really excited for the first 1/3 of the year. Two of them were Side Effects (met expectations) and The Place Beyond the Pines (a disappointment), and the last one was Mud. Mud has been towards the top of my watch list since I heard about it when I was reading up on Cannes last year. After getting a glimpse of the trailer, my “great movie” light went off. Matthew McConaughey has recently become one of my favorite actors. While I’m not a huge Reese Witherspoon fan, I’ve heard she only has five minutes worth the screen time. I’m expecting a lot out of Mud, so anything short of fantastic will be a disappointment. Mud is getting a limited release on April 26 in 353 theaters nation wide.

In Theaters this Week (April 19-25)


Expectation 60/100

Expectation 60/100

Oblivion has been a back and forth battle in my head as to what I expect out of the film. When I first read the premise, I was expecting something around the same quality level as Cruises 2011 action flick Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Then, I heard that one of my favorite actors, Morgan Freeman, was on board for the project, which vastly increased my expectations. After seeing the trailer, I was  more confused about where the film was going than when I had just read the prologue. The story for Oblivion seems to be all over the place, and one can only hope that the film does not share this characteristic. Expect it to be visually stunning in IMAX, but I’m not convinced that it will be worth the $17 IMAX admission price. It’s making itself out to be the start of summer blockbusters, but we all know that honor goes to Iron Man 3. I don’t expect much out of Oblivion, and I can only hope that it proves me wrong.

It has been a quarter of a century since the release of Rain Man, and still no one wants to compete with Tom Cruise at the box office. Oblivion is the only major release this week.

In Theaters this Week (April 12-18)



The most highly anticipated release this week, 42, has already been reviewed by Best Picture Movie Reviews. To see that review click here.


Expectation: 10/100

I hate nothing more than bad movie parodies making fun of movies that are already bad movies. The Scary Movie has died out (if it was ever living), and hopefully its lack of box office success will teach the studio to stop with these films. It’s washed out, and it was never funny in the first place. Not to mention that the main writer left to go work on ‘A Haunted House’, which did surprisingly well in the January box office.

Next week we get a major blockbuster starring one of the worlds biggest stars.

In Theaters this Week (April 5-11)

I am not an expert on the horror genre nor do I want to be. I will very rarely review a horror movie; therefore, there will be no expectation of Evil Dead, which gets released on April 5th.

Expectation: 75/100

Expectation: 75/100

Danny Boyle is a great director.. Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and Slumdog Millionaire are all tremendous films; however, I don’t expect Trance to be on the same level as the three films previously mentioned. My opinion constantly changes on Rosario Dawson. There are times where I really like her, and there are times where I think she’s an atrocious actress. I like James McAvoy as an action hero, but as a dramatic actor, I am not convinced. We’ll see what they can bring as a team. The story looks new and fresh. Trance looks like it has some strong potential, but don’t expect it to be on the same level as some of Danny Boyle’s other films. Trance will be released on April 5th. Expectation: 75/100

Expectation: 75/100

Expectation: 75/100

Similar to what The Place Beyond the Pines has done.. The Company you Keep will also start in just 5 theaters, then get open in about 20 more, and then finally get a wide release. I have trouble understanding this marketing strategy, but this is what they are doing nonetheless. Robert Redford might be a legendary actor, but his directing is mediocre at best. With that being said, The Company you Keep does look like his most promising film to date. The cast is strong and the premise makes it look like an exciting thriller. Shia LaBeouf is disliked by many, but I tend to enjoy his work especially when he goes on the more dramatic route. The cast is extremely strong and The Company you keeps looks to be a promising thriller. To see when The Company you Keep opens near you click here Expectation: 75/100


The Place Beyond the Pines opens in roughly 25 more theaters before finally getting a wide release on April 12th. To see if it is in a theater near you click hereI have already written a review for The Place Beyond the Pines. If you have not read it, click here

In Theaters this Week (March 29-April 4)


Expectation: 20/100

What was Paramount thinking? After the disaster that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was both critically (34% on Rotten Tomatoes) and financially (income of $150 million on a $175 million budget) one would think that they would realize that this whole G.I. Joe idea is one to throw away, but nope. After the June 2012 release date was pushed back to expand upon Channing Tatum’s character due to his new level of stardom, it was clear that there was very little faith in this film. Dwayne Johnson will continue to attempt (and fail) to prove himself as an action star. It looks like it will be more of the same for the G.I. Joe series (not a good thing), and all that we can do as viewers is hope that this is the last time Paramount wastes their money on this failed reboot of a previously successful franchise. G.I. Joe was cool in the 80’s, but not anymore.

Expectation: 40/100

Expectation: 40/100

Based upon a novel coming from one of the most famous modern authors, Stephenie Meyer, is The Host. What else did she write, you ask? Ever heard of Twilight? No way! Hold up, it can’t be that bad can it? I don’t think so. I’m not saying it will be good, but it would have to be quite the disaster if it ended up as bad (and successful) as Twilight. It will attempt to follow the same path as Twilight with the ” teen epic romance” genre, which is a disaster of a genre as it is (see: I am Number Four). At least it doesn’t have Kristen Stewart in it :p. I’m having trouble finding positive or negative things about The Host, so I expect it to be as mediocre as the prologue and trailer suggest it to be.


Expectation: 10/100

What is Tyler Perry? Is he an overweight old woman? Is he a comedy writer? Or is he a dramatic director? Some would say all the above, but personally I think he should stick to being an old woman. The fact that he must put his name on everything that he does just shows how desperate he is for people to recognize him as a legitimate filmmaker. All of his films are embarrassments to the screens that they are shown on, and don’t expect Temptation to be any different. In fact, if it is different, it might even be worse. Keep trying Tyler, maybe you will finally make a film worth watching, but that film will not be Temptation. Actually, maybe he should just stop trying.

Expectation: 90/100

Expectation: 90/100

As I said in my previous edition of ‘In Theaters this Week’ my most anticipated movie of 2013 comes out this week. That movie is The Place Beyond the Pines. With my newfound respect for Bradley Cooper as an actor and my never-ending appreciation for Ryan Gosling, the cast looks very strong. The only questionable decision was the casting of Eva Mendes, but from what I’ve heard, she does a decent job in her role. The entire epic vision behind ‘Pines’ is really what gets me excited. I’m also a big fan of movies that take place over an extended period of time, and this film takes place over a 19 year period. Yes, the prologue and trailer did scream Drive to me too, but if you were to ask me what my favorite 2011 film was, it would be Drive, which makes the idea of “Drive with a twist” sound pretty damn good to me. Not to mention that Blue Valentine was a true piece of beauty, which makes director Derek Cainfrance’s name one that instantly grabs my attention. It should be noted that March 29th is the limited release (April 12th wide release), and it will only be playing in four theaters (two in LA and two in NYC).  I am fortunate to live within 4 miles of one of those four theaters, but I am on vacation in Chicago until Tuesday, so don’t expect a review until Thursday. I will be sure to also include this in my April 12th edition of ‘In Theaters this Week’.

An interesting fact is that my average expectation for March was a 47. All we can hope is that April is something that gets March out of our minds.

This week starts a string of three weeks in a row where there is a film that will have above a 75 expectation rating :D!

In Theaters this Week (March 22nd-28th)

'Olympus has Fallen'

‘Olympus has Fallen’ (40/100)

Is this what is now considered entertaining? I just can’t see myself spending the time to go see a film that is designed around such a poor idea. ‘Olympus’ just looks like a low-budget superhero film, but without superheroes. There seems to be nothing new in ‘Olympus has Fallen’. This is the kind of film that people reference when they claim that the industry is dying. It’s unoriginal and makes excessive use of CGI. Despite the a-listers, I don’t expect too much out of this release. My Expectation: 40/100

'The Croods'

‘The Croods’ (70/100)

Something that I do not think I have mentioned since starting this site is that I am a fan of animation. While most of it is, by my standards, crap, a few times a year you stumble upon an animated film that is actually worth watching. ‘The Croods’ looks like it may be one of those films. Even though it looks like we will see some 10 year-old humor lying within the plot, ‘The Croods’ looks like a fresh take on the animated comedy genre. It does not appear to be on the same level as some of Dreamworks other films (‘How to Train your Dragon’, ‘Shrek 1 & 2′), but it looks like it will be a strong effort nonetheless. My Expectation: 70/100


‘Admission’ (35/100)

Brace yourself because I am about to say something that may offend a lot of people.. I do not find Tina Fey very funny. With the exception of ‘Mean Girls’, her cinema efforts (‘Baby Mama’ and ‘Date Night’) have been utterly disappointing. ‘Admission’ looks to be in the same class as the two previously mentioned films. I expect to see a decently funny comedy, but nothing to get excited about. Not to mention that Paul Rudd is one of the most annoying actors in the comedy business. My Expectation: 35/100

Next week, my most highly anticipated film this year comes out! It looks like next week will be the one good week that stops March from being a total disaster.

In Theaters this Week (March 15th-21st)

March 15th


What happend to Halle Berry? After she won her Oscar everyone expected her to explode with great roles. Since her Oscar she has done some awful movies such as Catwoman, New Year’s Eve, and Movie 43. Is ‘The Call’ another movie I can include to that list? Unfortunately, I think so. While the movie looks decently made, the script seems to be the flaw. It seems to be incredibly unbelievable. While I commend writer Brad Anderson for trying to be original, the idea behind The Call simply does not look good enough. I hope to see a compelling thriller, but I just don’t think it will happen. My Expectation: 50/100

Burt-WonderstoneBefore you right it off, maybe it will be the same kind of funny that we have all grown to love. Maybe it will fall in the same category as some movies that we have all seen, such as: Austin Powers, Anchorman, and Zoolander. At least we can all hope so. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has an all star cast featuring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin, and the smoking-hot Olivia Wilde. I’m not saying that ‘Burt Wonderstone’ will be good, but I am telling you not to write it off quite yet. My Expectation: 55/100


If I had just heard about the release of Upside Down, I would maybe be slightly excited for it; however, I first heard about a Summer 2012 release, then a Christmas 2012 release, and now a March 15, 2013 release. This shows the lack of confidence that the studio has in the movie. There is not much original here, the idea of two Earth’s has been explored before (never very successfully I should note). Also, I think the idea of a Romance is the wrong direction to go with the film, and it pushes away the sci-fi crowd that would have otherwise been attracted to the idea. My Expectation: 45/100


I just took the time to watch the trailer for ‘Spring Breakers’, and can someone please explain to me what the hell I just watched? It seemed as if the whole storyline is watching hot girls run around in bikinis with their new boyfriend that they found on spring break. How did they manage to make a 94 minute film out of that? Selena Gomez is finally trying to break her Disney image. Vanessa Hudgens needed a pay day (and apparently she didn’t mind getting naked for it :o). The other two girls are simply trying to save their careers. James Franco looks like he will continue to prove that he is the biggest ass hole on the face of the earth. I’m shocked by the high reviews that I have seen so far, and it has really thrown me a curve ball as far as my opinion on seeing this film. At the end of the day, no amount of positive reviews can convince me to go see ‘Spring Breakers’. My Expectation: 35/100

In Theaters this Week (March 8th-14th)

March 8th

ozgreatandpowerful-thirdposter-fullWhen I saw the trailer for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’, my heart screamed Alice in Wonderland (produced by the same man), and I think that the movie itself will be equally as disappointing. It will be visually stunning, but as for character development and depth it seems like it will be lacking. This movie is based upon a classic tale, but don’t expect anything classic out of the film. It is Disney, so it will have some strengths… It will look great visually , have a great score done by Danny Elfman (4 time oscar nominee), and of course it will look “expensive”. $200 Million dollars is a lot of money to spend on a movie, and honestly ‘Oz’ does not look like it was worth it. My Expectation: 50/100


It seems that this movie has really gone under my radar. It wasn’t until I was going through the list of coming soon movies that I even noticed it. After watching the trailer, it does look like it might give real New Yorker’s a very homey feel. It looks like it does not take you into the touristy parts of New York, but instead takes you right into reality. Other than that, I did not see much to get excited about from Dead Man Down. In fact, the only thing that kept me from writing it off altogether was the director, Neils Ardin Oplev; however, the movie is produced by WWE studios, so really how much can you expect? My Expectation: 40/100

emperor-posterEmperor did not realize quite how lucky they got with the casting of Tommy Lee Jones. This is Jones’ first movie since coming off of Lincoln where he was nominated for an academy award. He was the favorite, but he ended up losing to one of the stars of Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz. Emperor had a trailer that got me excited, but all the reviews that I have seen have stated that the movie is a let down. It seems  like it will improve your historical education, but apparently nothing more than that. After doing a search, I could only find two theaters that are showing Emperor (I live in Los Angeles), so if your living in a smaller town, you might be out of luck. My Expectation: 55/100

Nothing to get too excited about this week.