Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Cocktails and Movies #flickstopickaug30This week on Cocktails and Movies’ Flicks To Pick: Ethan Hawke drives, Eric Bana tries, and Teens break hearts through song and drama. Add in some kung-fu mastery and a high school drama and you have yourself the weekend lineup of movies for everyone in your family.

It’s #FlicksToPick time, guys! The end-of-summer box office has fallen to Earth with a thud. We’ve had a crap month so far, but it’s August, so we’re not terribly surprised. Though we’re sad to see some of our recent favorites floundering, we’re soldiering on and bringing you the box office predictions that you’re not only used to, but hopefully have grown rather fond of. Before we do though, here’s another reminder that the last #CocktailsAndMoviesTreasureHunt guess is due by 5 PM PST today!!! Just email those guesses to cocktailsandmovies.contests@gmail.com by the deadline to be eligible for some goodies! The clues are sprinkled through our Twitter feed and Facebook timeline, as well as the past answers to the puzzle.

Now, onto the new releases this week…

New releases for the weekend of August 16th:

Cocktails and Movies #flickstopick GetawayGetaway (rated PG-13) Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Harold Zwart

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jon Voight, and Selena Gomez

Brent Magna (Hawke) is forced into driving for a mysterious villain (Voight) who has kidnapped his wife. With his every move being watched, and a surprise accomplice (Gomez) accompanying him, he’ll race against the clock to get her back.

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Cocktails and Movies #flickstopick Closed-CircuitClosed Circuit (rated R) Distributor: Focus Features

Director: John Crowley

Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Julia Stiles, Jim Broadbent, and Ciaran Hinds.

Two Crown Defenders (Bana & Hall) defend a man being brought up on charges of terrorism in London. Unfortunately for them, a twisty maze of truth and lies stands between them and a clear shot at what really happened.

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Cocktails and Movies #flickstopick one-direction-this-is-usOne Direction: This Is Us (rated PG) Distributor: Tri-Star

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Starring: One Direction

One Direction (One Direction) performs… and frankly, we don’t understand how they got Morgan Spurlock to direct this movie. No, seriously, how do you go from scarfing down McDonalds in Supersize Me and condemning the ground the walk on in a socially relevant way to this?! Guess that hunt for Osama Bin Laden fried his brain, or he reeeally likes money.

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cocktails and movies #flickstopickspectacular-nowThe Spectacular Now (rated R) Distributor: A-24

Director: James Ponsoldt

Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, and Jennifer Jason Leigh

A recently dumped High School senior (Teller) firmly believes in living for the now. But a girl he doesn’t expect (Woodley) might change his mind on that.

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Cocktails and Movies #flickstopick The_GrandmasterThe GrandMaster (rated PG-13) Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Starring: Tony Leung, Zhang, Ziyi, Chang Chen

The film chronicles the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee, during the 1930s in Foshan, his flight to Hong Kong after the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the events leading to his death.

Box Office Actuals 8/23 – 8/25 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: $16.5 mil.

2. We’re The Millers: $13.1 mil.

3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: $9.3 mil.

4. The World’s End: $8.8 mil.

5. Planes: $8.6 mil.

6. You’re Next:  $7.0 mil.

7. Elysium: $6.9 mil.

8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: $5.3 mil.

9. Kick Ass 2:  $4.4 mil.

10.Blue Jasmine: $4.0 mil.

 

Whoa… did you see that?!  The two extremely close horse races of last weekend both ended in a reversal of fortune between the Estimates and the Actuals! You’re Next actually topped Elysium, and Blue Jasmine wasn’t as Kick Ass as we thought it would be. Still, in both cases, indie films are poised to start some upward chart movement, where the big budget tentpoles are continuing to decline. (Especially with as supposedly disappointing a pair as Elysium and Kick Ass 2.) The August lull looks to pick up a little this weekend, but not because of anything special. It’s just that time of year when we celebrating “working” for a living. So, we’re bracing ourselves for an overload of teen hormones at the cineplex this weekend (particularly those not involving sparkling vampires) and here are this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: Closed Circuit/ The World’s End / You’re Next

Yeah, we know… a One Direction Concert Film probably spells massive crowds of tweens going to a fan film that was unnecessarily filmed in 3D, simply because they knew people would be dragged along for the ride. This is why we can’t have nice things. Unless you’re going to see any of those three films mentioned above, which all seem to promise more sophisticated, even more entertaining experiences than the latest bubble gum pop flavor of the month.

 

Tim’s Pick: Closed Circuit/You’re Next/The Grandmaster

My picks are based on what I WANT to see this weekend, not on how they will finish. Everyone with a pulse knows that the One Direction film is going to take the box office. Closed Circuit looks like a crafty thriller and The Grandmaster looks visually stunning. And I haven’t seen You’re Next Yet.

 

Without a cocktail between us, this is how we expect the box office to shake out:

1. One Direction: This Is Us

     Because kids under the age of 15 have NO idea what they like yet.

     Estimated Weekend: $24 million

2.Getaway

     Ethan Hawke does his best Tom Cruise impression, and Jon Voight cashes another check.

     Estimated Weekend: $20 million

3. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

     Because Oprah’s in it.

     Estimated Weekend: $15 million

4. The World’s End

     Here’s hoping for a slight bump from fans that went to see the film last weekend.

     Estimated Weekend: $7 million

5. You’re Next

     Ditto for this horror treat, which should hopefully ride a nice first weekend of niche fandom praise.

     Estimated Weekend: $6.5  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 be presenting the treatment for our short film “Taylor Swift vs. The World.” It’s like Scott Pilgrim, only you’ll root for the bad guys! 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.