Cocktails and Movies’ Flicks To Pick – Feb. 21st – 23rd

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week: Who threatens The LEGO Movie – Volcanoes or Terrorists?

Flicks to Pick 2.21.14

Do you hear that sound, Mixers? That’s the sound of our East Coast gang preparing to take their seats for our first East Coast event of the year! AMC Theaters’ Best Picture Showcase is upon us once more, and the Eastern branch is going out to evaluate this year’s crop of “Best” pictures. It’s not all Prestige this weekend though, as two possible crowd pleasers are aiming to take the crown from everyone’s favorite kid’s movie since Frozen, The LEGO Movie. Something for children, something for grown-ups, something for everyone in today’s Flicks To Pick. Still, look for the huge word-of-mouth BLOCK-buster to remain at number one this weekend.

But, if you’ve seen everything else here are this weekend’s new releases:

New Releases For The Weekend of 02/21

Pompeii 2014Pompeii in 3D
Distributor: Tri Star
Starring: Kit Harrington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, and Carrie-Anne Moss
Director: 
Paul W.S. Anderson
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hr. 42 mins.

Official Synopsis: “
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.”

Our Take: Near, far, wherever you are, you’re meant to believe this is the next Titanic. However another “historical romance” seems to be a better fit: Pearl Harbor. Next time you cast Kiefer Sutherland in a volcano picture, make sure he gets to fight it with his bare hands and a slow motion roar. STILL, this might be so-bad-it’s-good. Maybe

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three-days-to-kill3 Days To Kill
Distributor: Relativity
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, and Hailee Steinfeld
Director: McG
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hr, 57 mins.

Official Synopsis: “A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.”

Our Take: Kevin Costner has been gearing for a comeback, and he’s been building towards it with some wise bit parts in high potential franchises. Of course, he needs to add a little Nitro in the tank in order to make it work, and if Liam Neeson can do it… so can Kevin Costner. But, Kevin Costner is NO Liam Neeson. (We’ll ignore that McG is the one directing this film though, because we still haven’t forgiven him for Terminator Salvation.)

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This weekend is light on competition, but will last weekend’s field manage to hold onto enough spots to force these two into the fires of the volcano? Here’s last weekend’s actuals:

Weekend Box Office Actuals 2/14 – 2/17 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. The LEGO Movie: $62.8 mil.
2. About Last Night (2014): $27.8 mil.
3. Robocop (2o14):  $25.1 mil.
4. The Monuments Men: $17.9 mil. 
5. Endless Love (2014): $14.4 mil. 
6. Ride Along: $9.8 mil.
7. Frozen: $8.1 mil.
8. Winter’s Tale: $8 mil.
9. Lone Survivor: $4.7 mil.
10. That Awkward Moment: $3.9 mil.

We all know The LEGO Movie is going to continue to rule the weekend, but which of this weekend’s two large releases seems to have the leg up on the competition? Before we get down to business, here’s this week’s Staff Picks.

Mike’s Pick: The Best Picture Showcase / 3 Days To Kill

If you’re like me, you want to see all of the Best Picture nominees so you can gripe that the wrong one won on Oscar night. Even if you’re not like me, and you just enjoy seeing the supposedly “best” films of the year, AMC Theaters’ annual event is one of the best damned values at the movies. That said, I’m extremely eager to see Kevin Costner kickstart a Neeson-esque renaissance as an action hero, and if it’s half as good as Taken was back in the day, we’re going to see a lot more of everyone’s favorite baseball playing farmer.

Tim’s PickPompeii

Just for the sheer audacity of this film. It might make a better rental, so I may watch some Oscar screeners and pretend I’m in NJ with the East Coast gang…

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Manhattan Mike is gearing up for this weekend’s Best Picture Showcase, as well as bringing his predictions to the table! Here’s…

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. The Lego Movie

To anyone who complains about the plague of toy movies that follow thanks to this film’s success: if you saw this and liked it, you can’t complain.

Estimated Weekend: $34 million

2. 3 Days To Kill

Remember how Taken took in a lot of money with a small budget, Liam Neeson, and a clever release date? Expect Kevin Costner to get some of that lucky magic.

Estimated Weekend: $25 million

3. Robocop

With Valentine’s Day over and done with, About Last Night is going to lose some steam. But the weekly box office has given this film some new legs, and they might be strong ones. I think it’ll keep it’s previous weekend’s spot though, as

Estimated Weekend: $21 million

4. Pompeii in 3D

You know nothing, Paul W.S. Anderson.

Estimated Weekend: $18 million

5. The Monuments Men

The “lead from behind” strategy seems to be working for this film rather well.

Estimated Weekend: $11 million

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Well that’s the look at the Weekend ahead! 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 showing our new film “3 Days To Kill in Pompeii.” Time to start building the baking soda volcanoes and finding an action figure that’ll pass for Kevin Costner! Until next time, treat your movies like your booze: drink and view responsibly.