Barbeque, Beach, Music, Baseball and Movies
By Stan Washington | 5/23/2014, 4:41 p.m.
Although, most our activities will be focused outside during the long Memorial Day Weekend, one favorite in-door activity will be watching the latest fare from Hollywood. And if escapism is what you seek – you will find it on the big screen.
Let’s start with what films have been out for a few weeks and are still in the theaters. Top of the list: “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” Not only is it a box office blockbuster, but it is also a hit with fans and critics alike. This is what a superhero action movie is supposed to be like: Good plot, strong characters, and just enough action so as not to take away from the story.
And for pure escapism, ditto can be said for the umpteenth remake of “Godzilla” and this weekend’s release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which should do Godzilla-size revenues at the box office. It will be up against the relationship comedy “Blended” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Here’s what’s playing:
NEIGHBORS: Frat boy humor from Seth Rogan and Zac Efron in “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Really? Is that the best all of these creative minds could come up with for a title? Kudos for director Marc Webb for some innovated action scenes. But this second reboot of Spider-Man gets too bogged down with Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) relationship with his love interest (Emma Stone). This is one super hero movie that is more relationship than action. Oh, and Jamie Foxx is totally mis-casted as the villain Electro.
THE OTHER WOMAN: Cameron Diaz stars as a woman who discovers that the man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) she’s been dating is married, and teams up with his wife (Leslie Mann) to teach him a lesson in fidelity. Nick Cassavetes directs a film written by Melissa Stack, and produced by Julie Yorn. If every woman who has been cheated on goes to see this film, the total gross will be bigger than Captain America, Godzilla and X-Men combined.
The Quiet Ones: A physics professor gathers a group of Ph.D students to help him conceive a poltergeist in this Hammer Films production based on actual events. Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) is a deeply troubled girl possessed of an all-consuming blackness, and Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) has a particularly unconventional plan for getting the darkness out of her.