With over a month until the Oscars the films being released this week are reminders that we are in fact in the Hollywood dumping period. All of the movies this week have been called knock offs of other movies and they’ve each had their script called lazy.
While none of the films are expected to be blockbusters, the number one spot at the box office will probably come down between “The 5th Wave” and “Dirty Grandpa” unless an older movie beats them which is quite possible. “The 5th Wave” may have an edge in that fans of the book series may turn up to see the movie. “Dirty Grandpa” has a bigger star with Robert De Niro, as opposed to Chloë Grace Moretz in the “The 5th Wave”, but De Niro’s older fan base will not be a fan of the raunchy comedy and will probably not see it.
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The 5th Wave (2016)
PG-13 – Science Fiction/Action
Aliens have invaded earth. Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) is trying to survive the attacks and rescue her brother (Zackary Arthur). Evan Walker (Alex Roe) attempts to help her but Cassie doesn’t know if she can trust him or anyone else because the aliens can posses humans.
The critics have not been kind to this film. They’re saying its an unoriginal rehash of all the other young adult rebellion movies set in the future with bad special effects and predictable twists. This is the first movie in a planned trilogy but considering its release date is in a studio dumping period and with the reviews it’s getting the 2nd and 3rd movie seem doubtful unless there is a huge shock at the box office.
Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Nick Robinson, Maria Bello, Maggie Siff, Ron Livingston, Alex Roe
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
R – comedy
A week before his wedding Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) agrees to drive his newly widowed grandfather Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) to Florida. It turns out Dick doesn’t want to go to Florida for sentimental reasons but actually wants to go for the crazy and wild spring break parties which he drags his grandson into.
Do not expect this film to be good. Originally “Dirty Grandpa” was supposed to come out on Christmas day 2015 but was then moved to the movie wasteland known as August. Lionsgate then decided to move up the release to the other big Hollywood dumping period the time between the New Year and the Oscars. Expect lots of low brow humor attempts and cheap lazy laughs.
Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Dermot Mulroney
The Boy (2016)
PG-13 – horror
Greta (Lauren Cohan) is hired to be a couple’s (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) nanny. They give her strict rules of how to take care of their son who turns out to be a doll. At first she believes it to be a joke and then something the couple was doing to simply cope with losing their young child. Eventually Greta comes to believe that the doll is actually their son and that the doll is alive and angry that she didn’t follow the rules.
“The Boy” is Another film getting bad reviews and being called a ripoff of other films in the genre.