NEW IN THEATRES: Finishing Out August

A better than average August finishes up today with a few more good-looking films. The two that will be competing for the top spot at the box office also happen to be the two films that I am least anticipating. Here are the movies you should see this weekend:

SEE:

takingwoodstockposter1) Taking Woodstock (1,393 theatres)

Directed By: Ang Lee

Rotten Tomatoes: 50% | Metacritic: 54

The film is very hit and miss with the critics, but under the direction of Ang Lee I can’t imagine it is a “bad” film. I also am excited to see this cast work together, particularly Liev Schreiber and Imelda Staunton – two performers who always manage to be great. Also add in the fact that this is a Focus Features release, one of the most reliable studios, and I have a feeling this will be pretty good.

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Here is what Joe Williams from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has to say:

Some of the most potent moments — a nun flashing the peace sign, a worker praising the pacifist masses while his son fights in Vietnam — have been bogarted from the documentary “Woodstock.” But while it may not be singing a new song, “Taking Woodstock” has a heart that’s solid gold.

bigfanposter2) Big Fan (2 theatres)

Directed By: Robert Siegel

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | Metacritic: 71

This is another one of those “if you’re lucky enough to by in N.Y. or L.A.” releases. Just in time for sports season comes an intense drama about a die-hard sports fan who gets assaulted by his favorite player. The fan’s obsession with the team puts him in a moral dilemma about whether or not to press charges. I never thought Patton Oswalt would be able to pull off a serious role, but it looks like he does so swimmingly in this one.

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Here is what Manohla Dargis from The New York Times has to say:

As its title suggests, “Big Fan” is about the love that speaks its name, though also often shrieks it in rock arenas, sports stadiums and other public places of worship.

 

SKIP

1) The Final Destination (3,121 theatres)

Directed By: David R. Ellis

Rotten Tomatoes: 20% | Metacritic: XX

2) Halloween II (3,000 theatres)

Directed By: Rob Zombie

Rotten Tomatoes: XX | Metacritic: XX

What movies are you seeing this weekend?

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