Are you going to watch a movie this weekend? Will it be ‘Mama’, ‘Broken City’, and ‘The Last Stand’? If you want to know more about each film check out my article on Examiner.com. Follow this link:
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Last week at the Box Office, Zero Dark Thirty took Texas Chainsaw 3D completely out of the running with its sweep of $24.4 million in ticket sales. A Haunted House was hardly a close second with $18.1 Million and Gangster Squad trailed not far behind with $17.1 Million of its own. Django Unchained and Les Miserables rounded out the top five. But there’s a whole new group of movies slated to open this weekend. Let’s get into it shall we?
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Broken City (R) stars Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggart, an ex New York city cop who is framed by the corrupt Mayor Hostetler, Russell Crowe, for murder. Taggart then sets out on a vengeance fueled mission for justice. The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Crowe’s wife and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace). While action movies do well in theaters it stands to reason that this film will have trouble outshining other hot films that’s being released this weekend. The Box Office fate of this film is solely in the hands of movie goers.
In The Last Stand (R), Ray Owens, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a small town sheriff headed for big time trouble when a group of drug dealers, lead by Burrell (Peter Stormare, Lockout) and Gabriel Cortez, an escaped convict, (Eduardo Noriega, The Devil’s Backbone), tear through his city on their way to Mexico. Forest Whitaker plays Agent John Bannister, the agent involved in the initial apprehension of the Cortez. The cast is rounded out by Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman, and Jaimie Alexander (Thor).
Then we have Mama (PG-13), starring Jessica Chastain ( Zero Dark Thirty ) as Annabel and N ikolaj Coster-Waldau ( Headhunters ) as Lucas. The couple takes in Lucas’ nieces, Victoria and Lily, who have been lost in the wilderness for 5 years. When the girls move in strange things start to happen and the couple discovers they are interacting to an unseen being they call “ Mama ”. The film is written and directed by Andres Muschietti. Back in 2008, Muschietti wrote and directed a short film called Mama , a Spanish film, which the U.S. motion picture Mama is based on. Let us not forget that the film is being Executively Produced by Writer/Director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy , Pan’s Labyrinth).
If you haven’t seen the short film; go see it here:
While all three movies have potential, I think Jessica Chastain will be competing with herself this weekend. Between Zero Dark Thirty getting extreme exposure and Mama seeming like a fresh new take on horror, the actress may have first and second place at the Box Office.