Cocktails and Movies Weekend #FlicksToPick

Four movies open this weekend, but will YOU see them?

cocktails and movies #flickstopick aug16 ka2, paranoia, butler, jobsThis week on Cocktails and Movies installment of #FlicksToPick: You can eschew your Paranoia to go out and see Ashton Kutcher in Jobs. Or will you hand over all your chores to The Butler, then go out and Kick Ass 2 with the gang from the West Coast branch of Cocktails and Movies on Saturday night? 

Hello and welcome to another installment of Cocktails and Movies’ #FlicksToPick: The column where we try to show how well we can read your minds and tell you what you’re going to see this weekend. We have a full weekend of films, with two that have seen a huge marketing push (The Butler and Kick Ass 2), and two films that might have seen the writing on the wall and dropped their marketing efforts (Jobs, Paranoia).

Just one quick reminder before we go: the #CocktailsAndMoviesTreasureHunt is still underway, and we want your guesses as to who this week’s mystery actor is by 5 PM PST!!! Just email those guesses to by the deadline to be eligible for some goodies! The clues are sprinkled through our Twitter feed and Facebook timeline, so go back and comb through them with the fervor of Gandalf in the libraries of Minas Tirith, searching for the aforementioned hashtag. We CAN tell you that this week’s mystery actor is so f*cking money, he doesn’t even know it.

Also, for those West Coast ass-kickers, we’re doing our last Cocktails and Movies summer event at Arclight Beach Cities for Kick Ass 2 (7:45pm showing with drinks at Jackson’s next door at 6pm).

Business aside, it’s time to start the show!

New releases for the weekend of August 16th:

the butler cocktails and moviesLee Daniels’ The Butler (rated PG-13)

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Director: Lee Daniels

Starring: Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

Forest Whitaker plays the real life butler, Cecil Gaines to eight U.S. presidents through the tumultuous times of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 1980’s (’52 -’86), as the country goes through changes in race relations that formed modern America.

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kick_ass_2_poster cocktails and moviesKick Ass 2  (rated R)

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey

Dave (Taylor-Johnson) takes his alter-ego, Kick Ass, to another level by joining a vigilante group called “Justice Forever,” as Mindy (Grace Moretz) attempts to navigate high school, after hanging up her Hit Girl persona. But, Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) surfaces as the first super-villian called The Mother-F*cker, and puts out a price on Kick Ass’s head.

***Note: this is our last West Coast event of the summer. Come join us!

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jobs movie poster cocktails and moviesJobs (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Open Road Films

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Ahna O’Reilley, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons

Kutcher plays the real-life man, Steve Jobs, whose drive and ambition and use of the “cult of personality” helped build his company, Apple, into a juggernaut of personal lifestyle electronics. The movie follows his professional life as he built, was forced out and triumphantly returned to lead Apple to the promised land.

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Paranoia_Poster cocktails and moviesParanoia (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Relativity Media

Director: Robert Luketic

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Julian McMahon, Josh Hollaway

Adam Cassidy (Hemworth) is a young hotshot, whose prank jeopardizes his low-level job at a technology corporation. His superiors give him the chance to save his job if he agrees to an undercover corporate espionage assignment at a rival company. Soon he finds himself trapped between a war of two tycoons, for the leadership of the high-tech world.

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It doesn’t look like a great weekend for the box office this weekend. These seem to be the movies forgot they had in the yard sale and are just tossing them out for last minute takers. With that being said, we like Kick Ass 2 to take the box office, but by a slim margin over The Butler and with a small box office take.

So, here’s this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: no pick

passed out at workMike was asleep at the time this was written. He has been forced to drink three shots of Jack, which in retrospect was a bad idea s he is asleep again…

(Totally kidding: Mike has been busy out East with some marketing efforts and some great groundwork to finally snag us a possible sponsor!)

Tim’s Pick: Kick Ass 2

Here’s the thing: Was there a NEED for a sequel? No. Was (and there is) there a second comic book in this series? Yes. Look, none of the reviews for movies this weekend are spectacular. But, we’re willing to bet that the fanboys are out there enough to put this movie over the top above The Butler.

This Weekend’s Top 5?

kick_ass_2_poster cocktails and movies1. Kick Ass 2

Fanboys still have enough paper route money this summer to push this to the top.

Estimated Weekend: $25 million

2. The Butler

Old people and Oprah fans car pool together to watch history and Oprah. Unless it’s raining…

Estimated Weekend: $23 million

3. Paranoia

Girls and young women have their own money and they seem to like those Hemsworth kids…

Estimated Weekend: $14 million

4. Jobs

Early reviews are “meh” and we just can’t see this movie making into the top 3.

Estimated Weekend: $9 million

5. Elysium

Tough pick for another film here. Still, some haven’t seen this movie yet.

Estimated Weekend: $5  million

And with that, your weekend’s “Flicks to Pick” have been selected! Consequences be damned, that’s what we feel will take place. Anybody agree/disagree with this weekend’s picks? Send us some competition in the Comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll peel the Bacardi labels off the office floor, have a great movie going experience. Until next time, may you treat your liquor like you treat your movies: know what you’re spending your money on, and do so responsibly.