Cocktails and Movies Flicks To Pick: 1/31 – 2/2/14

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week: two love stories; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick 1.31.14Welcome to another edition of #FlicksToPick, which is late because we can stop drinking to mask the pain of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… Sorry, but while we’re optimistic that it might just be a stroke of genius reminiscent of Heath Ledger’s casting as The Joker, we’re still a little pessimistic that this is the direction Zach Snyder has chosen. What happened, did Bryan Cranston become allergic to money all of a sudden, or did you not want to pony up the dough? Anyhow, we’re not here to talk about how LexCorp could be sued by Peter Parker, we’re here to talk about the here and now and  help you decide on what to see at the cineplexes this weekend.

That said, here’s this weekend’s new release:

New Releases For The Weekend of 01/31

Cocktails and Movies Labor Day posterLabor Day
Distributor: Paramount
Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet
Director:
Jason Reitman
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hr, 51 mins.

Official Synopsis: “An escaped convict enters the life of a lonely divorcee and her son.”

Our Take: On paper, this sounds like a dull exercise in raiding Nicholas Sparks’ desk for a new movie. But with Brolin and Winslet starring under the watchful eye of Reitman, we can’t help but be a little more than excited for it. Also, was that James VanDerBeek in the trailer as the cop?!

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Cocktails and Movies That-Awkward-MomentThat Awkward Moment
Distributor: Focus Features
Starring: Zach Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Imogene Poots
Director: Tom Gormican
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 hr, 34 mins.

Official Synopsis: ”Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that moment in every dating relationship where you have to decide – ‘So where’s this going?’”

Our Take: This could be the clincher for Universal’s ‘January to Remember.’ A gender –swapped relationship comedy, with knowing winks at the tropes and a cast ready to blow up onto the A-list, this could go either way. We’re hoping it’ll be a blast, but the reviews aren’t helping.

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Last week’s box office actuals 1/24- 1/26 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Ride Along: $21.1 mil.
2. Lone Survivor: $12.6 mil.
3. The Nut Job:  $12.3 mil.
4. Frozen: $9 mil.
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: $8.8 mil.
6. I, Frankenstein: Actual: $8.3 mil.
7. American Hustle: Actual: $7.1 mil.
8. August: Osage County: $5.04 mil.
9. The Wolf of Wall Street: $5.00 mil.
10. Devil’s Due: $2.8 mil.

If you’re a kid or a Universal executive, last weekend was a great one for you! However, it’s now time for the adults to go back to the movies. Or at least the lovelorn and boyfriends-being-dragged-by-their-girlfriends to spring for the popcorn, sodas and movie tickets. So, this weekend might change things a little. Let’s lay down the Staff Picks before we get to the prognosticating.

Mike’s Pick: Labor Day

A Jason Reitman movie is almost always a reason to rejoice… unless Diablo Cody’s name is attached to it as well. This isn’t one of those cases though, thankfully, so we should be just fine with this beautiful looking drama. (And no, I’m not just talking about Kate Winslet, although my Middle School crush on her has only deepened over time. Divergent trailer, or not.)

Tim’s PickLabor Day

Honestly, as the boss, I am swamped with work, editing, keeping everyone on task and am currently suffering from a chest cold. (it’s NOT the flu!!!!). So, I plan on drinking excessively in the home office this weekend and see whats’ OnDemand… THEN, watch two great teams battle for football glory on Sunday… But, between the two movies opening this weekend, Labor Day looks the better of the two.

badgers super bowlManhattan Mike has this weekend off from prognostication, so I, Supreme Overlord Tim, will take a stab at this weekend! As soon as I can put my drink down… There, here are my  top 5 picks for the weekend (REMINDER: IT’S SUPER BOWL WEEKEND):

 

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. That Awkward Moment

Ride Along has run it’s course at number one, and there’s probably just enough teenagers with pocket change left over from Christmas to make a run to the theaters to see how dreamy guys really think of relationships…

Estimated Weekend: $ 22 million

2. Ride Along

I don’t see ride along losing too much ground on the top slot. For some reason Kevin Hart is a huge draw. AND he has four movies this year…

Estimated Weekend: $15 million

3. Labor Day

Not a big opening here, but it will draw enough of the older crowd to get it into third place.

Estimated Weekend: $11 million

4. Lone Survivor

This movie probably has its last weekend in the top five.

Estimated Weekend: $9 million

 5.  Frozen

With all the announcements of sing-a-longs and broadway shows, look for this Disney flick to stick around

Estimated Weekend: $7 million

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There  you go. We’re not professionals and even if we were, the cocktailing would probably have us sanctioned…  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. Have a great Super Bowl weekend, stay safe, warm and dry and off the roads if possible.

 

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll try to convince Josh Brolin that it’s ok to leave out offices, since the cops aren’t really hunting him down. (He’s really method about these things.) Until next weekend, treat your movies like your booze: spend and drink responsibly.