Cocktails and Movies Weekend “Flicks to Pick”

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week on Flicks To Pick: A tale of love and porn, a race to victory, an island of leftovers, and a couple of layovers! 

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick Sept 27thWow! Just wow! There are four #FlicksToPick and it’s only the end of September! These aren’t just any random #FlicksToPick either; these are four good looking pictures, with everything you could ask from a movie in each. Comedy, Drama, Romance, Race Cars, and Porn! It’s like we stepped into Ricky Bobby’s mind and made it out with four movies in the process!

Enough prologue, let’s jump straight to the action!

New releases for the weekend of September 27th:

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick DON-JON-POSTERDon Jon (rated R)

Distributor: Voltage

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johannson, Tony Danza, and Julianne Moore

 Meet Jon (Gordon-Levitt). He has his priorities straight in life. The only thing he cares about: his bod, his ride, his family, his church, his boys, his girls, and his porn. However, in natural movie fashion, one of those things is going to override some (if not all ) of the others. Meet Barbara (Johannson)… she’s that one thing to upset them all. Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the movie explores the issues of detachment and distance in today’s society.

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick Rush movie posterRush (rated R)

Distributor: Universal

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Bruhl) were two of the fiercest rivals on the 1970’s Formula 1 circuit. What would begin as a fierce battle of competition and one-upmanship would later turn into inspiration, after one of them would get into an almost fatal accident. After all, this is a sport where part of the thrill is chasing the rush.

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick Cloudy_with_a_Chance_of_Meatballs_2Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (rated PG)

Distributor: Columbia

Director: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn

Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Farris, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, and James Caan

Flint Lockwood (Hader)  has his dream job, his dream girl (Farris), and a proud father (Caan). Oh, and he saved his hometown from the devastation he accidentally wrought by his food replicator being used improperly. So what else does a man like Flint have to look forward to in life? Why, exploring a gigantic island of leftovers, of course!

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick Baggage Claim MovieBaggage Claim (rated R)

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Director: David E. Talbert

Starring: Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, and Adam Brody

Montana (Patton) doesn’t want to be the old maid of the family, and she’s the oldest in her family line and as of yet unmarried. Vowing to solve her own dilemma in 30 days, with some help from her friends (Scott & Brody), she’ll jump flight to flight and candidate to candidate in order to make her goal a reality.

 – C&M –

Four promising looking flicks after a weekend of warm (but not hot) competition. To jog your memory before we go into the predictions, here’s last weekend’s actual numbers.

Box Office Actuals 9/20 – 9/22 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Prisoners: $20.8 mil.

2. Insidious Chapter 2: $13.8 mil.

3. The Family: $7 mil.

4. Instructions Not Included: $5.4 mil.

5. Battle of the Year: $4.60 mil.

6. We’re The Millers: $4.55 mil.

7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: $4.1 mil..

8. Riddick: $3.7 mil.

9. The Wizard Of Oz (3D/IMAX): $3.1 mil.

10. Planes: $2.7 mil.

Prisoners made a relatively light weekend a decent haul, all things considered. Don’t expect it to be that easy this weekend, as there’s way more firepower on display. With that in mind, here’s this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2/Don Jon/Rush

If I had the time and money this weekend, I’d marathon all three of these films in the same day. It’s like mixing M&Ms in with your Popcorn, and the swing from adventure to comedy to drama is not a bad way to kill a day in the cinemas!

Tim’s PickCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

This is one of those movies that has broad appeal as the adults will understand the concept of “Ahhh, there’s a leek in the boat!” and the use of homophones. The kids will like the idea of “shrimpanzees” and the fearsome “taco-dile supreme!” Somehow, I know I’m going to get stuck seeing Rush or Don Jon with my fun-employed friends, who happen to be mostly women…

How Mike and Tim see the Weekend’s Top 5:

1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Kids loved it, adults loved it, and it’d be a damned shame if this baby didn’t manage to open strong and cling to the Top 10 in the kid entertainment-starved arena for weeks to come.

Estimated Weekend: $43 million

2 (tie). Don Jon

Joseph Gordon Levitt can now add three feathers to his cap: directing, writing, and looking endearingly charming while rocking out to Marky Mark.

Estimated Weekend: $19 million

3 (tie). Rush

Ron Howard is about to jump start the awards season race, as Chris Hemsworth AND Daniel Bruhl look to boost their already sizable profiles even further.

Estimated Weekend: $18 million

4. Prisoners

Second weekend buzz will carry this flick comfortably, but the competition seems too steep for as easy of a win as its debut weekend.

Estimated Weekend: $13 million

5. Baggage Claim

The full trailer for this film makes a MUCH better impression than the simpler commercials that are being aired. Do yourselves a favor and watch it, if only to see why we think this smart looking Romantic Comedy looks to be a breakout hit of the weekend.

Estimated Weekend: $9  million

*Note: we wouldn’t be surprised to see Don Jon and Rush to be close enough to call them in either order…

– C&M –

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 onFacebook or Twitter. Don’t forget, there is a Reddit link on our posts now, so please share them with others if you want.

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll be struggling to recreate the Tacodile Supreme in our Office Kitchen! (Complete with Sriracha Lava and Lettuce Grass!) 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.