Cocktails And Movies’ Flicks To Pick – Feb. 28th – Mar. 2nd

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week at Cocktails and Movies: An Anchorman R(ecut), Nonstop Neeson, and the Son of God

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to pickOh, yeah and the Oscars are this weekend. Yes, even with a storm in LA that will give us more rain in three days than we had in the last two years, they will put on a show where people will get all dressed up and then congratulate each other about who good they are. Of course we are not invited to all the hullabaloo, BUT senior writer Mike Reyes and Overlord Tim Barley will be tweeting @cocktailsmovies all evening long. And yet there are some new movies that are coming out this weekend, including another action from 61 year-old Liam Neeson, and Paramount looks to release the correct version of Anchorman with an extended R-rated cut of the movie for a week. It looks like this is the weekend that The LEGO Movie has met it’s match by another movie with Neeson in it.

Let’s see what’s the what:

New Releases For The Weekend of 02/28

Non-Stop cocktails and movies flicks to pickNonstop
Distributor: Universal
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scott McNairy, Michelle Dockery
Director: 
Jaume Collett-Serra
Rating: R
Run Time: 106 minutes

Official Synopsis: 
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

Our Take: Who isn’t up for a good action film set on a plane that DOESN’T involve snakes? Liam Neeson, at age 61, can kick more ass than ever and with a plane that seems to have a lot of ups and downs, this looks like a popcorn shoveler…

– C&M –

anchorman 2 cocktails and moviesAnchor Man 2: Uncut
Distributor: Paramount
Starring: Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carrell
Director: Adam McKay
Rating: R
Run Time: 119 minutes

Official Synopsis: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Our Take: Regrettably or not, we missed it the first time. But, that just means that we can watch the R rated version without having known what’s going to happen.

– C&M –

Son Of God cocktails and movies flicks to pickSon of God
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Diogo Margado, Roma Downey
Director: Christopher Spencer
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 113 minutes

Official Synopsis: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Our Take: Not our cup of tea. We saw The Passion of the Christ and The Last Temptation of Christ so we’re covered. This movie is literally nothing more than a feature film edit of material previously covered in The History Channel’s The Bible miniseries, so if we really wanted to watch it, all we’d have to do is rent that instead. Besides, drinking and going to see the story of Jesus just seems like a bad idea.

– C&M –

It looks like The LEGO Movie is primed to move down from the top spot, where will it land? Let’s see how it did last weekend by looking at last weekend’s actuals:

Weekend Box Office Actuals 2/21 – 2/24 (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.

Is this the weekend that The LEGO Movie falls from the top of the big block castle? Probably. But, how far will it fall? Let’s take a look with the office picks:

Mike’s Pick: The Wind Rises

Going wide today, Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated masterpiece is opening today. I mean I’d see Anchorman 2, but it’s in such limited release I might not make it; and I’d see Non-Stop, if it didn’t look like Taken With A Flightplan. So by deduction, and also to get some beautiful animation in for this weekend, that has to be my pick.

Tim’s PickNonstop

Liam Neeson kicks ass! And I’m hungry for some fistfuls of popcorn and drinking some strong Irish whiskey to go along with it.

– C&M –

The boss gets the prognostication duties this weekend as Manhattan Mike leads the East Coasters to the second round of Best Picture Noms at the Hamilton AMC theaters! Go join him and say hi!

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. Nonstop

The man’s films make big openings and now that all the adults have taken the kids to their movies, it’s time for them to get out and have a cocktail or two and go see an action movie.

Estimated Weekend: $33 million

2. The LEGO Movie

I’m betting that this movie doesn’t go to far down the money mountain. So look for it to stay near the top.

Estimated Weekend: $25 million

3. Robocop

This one has one more week on its bionic legs.

Estimated Weekend: $17 million

4. Son of God

I was thinking that this might make the #2 or #3 spot, so I’m putting an “*” after it. Might this have been better released during Easter?

Estimated Weekend: $15 million

5. The Monuments Men

The “lead from behind” strategy seems to be working for this film rather well. Mike said it best last weekend; this thing is going to stick around.

Estimated Weekend: $11 million

 – C&M –

Happy Oscar weekend, everyone! Stick around to listen to our tweets on Twitter Sunday night. If you’ve got comments and or want to 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 wrapping it all up and putting a bow on awards season. Until next time, treat your movies like your booze: drink and view responsibly.