Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick: 1/7/14 – 1/9/14

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week: Something for everyone. So, drink up!

Flicks to Pick 2.7.14

It looks like this will be the first big weekend at the box office for 2014, and the first weekend in a while when a film has a chance to knock Ride Along off its perch. There’s something for everyone, no Super Bowl and it looks like the weather is finally going to cooperate. For you West Coasters, we’ll be enjoying some cocktails at Jackson’s Food and Drink and the Arclight Beach Cities for Monuments Men. So come join us. See our Facebook page for more details. For the East Coast – stay warm. Like inside a theater, with your flask, enjoying friends, popcorn, soda and a great movie! And stay tuned, next week, we’ll be celebrating love, breakups and the search for love using beer goggles with something special for you all!

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

New Releases For The Weekend of 01/31

cocktails and movies flicks to pick The Lego MovieThe LEGO Movie
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson
Director: 
Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Rating: PG
Run Time: 100 minutes

Official Synopsis: An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

Our Take: There was a time, long ago, when Cocktails and Movies was just a bunch of goofballs, working off of Evite and we saw Chicken Little… One of the funniest drinking movies we’ve ever been to and this looks just like that.

– C&M –

cocktails and movies fall 2013 movie preview monument menMonuments Men
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban)
Director: George Clooney (also written by, w/ Grant Heslov)
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 118 minutes

Official Synopsis: An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Our Take: Who doesn’t like a movie with Clooney, Murray, Goodman, Damon, Blanchett and a cast of others, WWII and history? AND it’s our 1st event of the West Coast season on Sunday, the 9th.

– C&M –

cocktails and movies flicks to pick Vampire AcademyVampire Academy
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Starring: Zoe Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky
Director: Mark Waters
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 104 minutes

Official Synopsis: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

Our Take: Oh, to be young again. Still, we might see this on a rainy day once we see the other two movie listed above.

– C&M –

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

1. Ride Along: Actual: $12 mil.
2. Frozen: Actual: $8.9 mil.
3. That Awkward Moment:  Actual: $8.7 mil.
4. The Nut Job: Actual: $7.2 mil.
5. Lone Survivor: $7 mil.
6. Jack Ryan: Shawdow Recruit: Actual: $5.3 mil.
7. Labor Day: Actual: $5.2 mil.
8. American Hustle: $4.2 mil.
9. I, Frankenstein: $3.7 mil.
10. The Wolf of Wall Street: $3.4 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: The Monuments Men / Vampire Academy
Are you all sitting comfortably? Good, because I have some bad news to break to you. The Lego Movie, at least in my opinion, isn’t that good. I’ll elaborate in my review, but basically I’d rather camp out with Clooney’s WWII Drama (despite the critical panning it’s taking) or the sexy vampires (who actually, you know, act like vampires) than go back to Legoland.

Tim’s Pick: The Monuments Men
It’s my pick for our group event this weekend. Despite some bad reviews, we’re up for getting together with cocktails and making new friends!

– C&M –

Manhattan Mike has the Lego set this weekend, so let’s see what he builds us in terms of this weekend’s top 5!

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. The Lego Movie

Mike’s review will be coming, but still the marketing machine has been working and there are a lot of kids out there…

Estimated Weekend: $43 million

2. Ride Along

Green means Greenlight… which is probably what going to happen real soon in terms of a sequel.

Estimated Weekend: $10 million

3. The Monuments Men

This has Jack Ryan written all over it. You’re not going to get the kids to see this, but the adults and Prestige hounds will eat this up. Even then, this is being generous.

Estimated Weekend: $6 million

4. Frozen

Those who missed the Sing Along last weekend are probably going to want to try and see it this weekend. This movie has made $880+ million world-wide, without China and Japan, and it’s not going to stop.

Estimated Weekend: $5 million

5. Lone Survivor

While it might not be very accurate to the true events themselves, this film has become a little bit of a Political talking point. We all know how long those stick around.

Estimated Weekend: $3 million

 – C&M –

There  you go. 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 be saving all of the finest liquor in a bank vault built from Lego pieces, all so our enemies can’t drink it first. Until next weekend, treat your movies like your booze: spend and drink responsibly.