This weekend's openers at the box office offer anything-but a stellar buffet of films. Bradley Cooper starrer The Words and The Cold Light of Day are the only two films unspooling in a wide range of theaters, that is if you can call Cold's 1,511 reach "wide." Both are being hammered by critics. Limited openers offer quality, but out of reach for most viewers - we'll get to those in a few.
The Words from CBS Films offers up a strong cast with Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons and Ben Barnes all joining Cooper in the Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal-scripted-and-directed drama. Rotten Tomatoes has a bad 17% positive score on this one, but general viewer ratings are above the 70% mark, so our advice is ignore the critics, check it out yourselves. Don't expect sensational helming as Cooper's pal Klugman is making his feature-length directorial with Sternthal on The Words.
Summit Entertainment's The Cold Light of Day stars Henry Cavill of The Tudors, Tarsem Singh's Immortals and of course he's Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel, alongside the always-entertaining Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. This one's getting even more hammered by critics, holding a 7% Rotten Tomatoes score. As noted above, the crime actioner opens in 1,511 theaters, and also includes Caroline Goodall, Jim Piddock, Rafi Gavron, Óscar Jaenada, Roschdy Zem, Verónica Echegui and Emma Hamilton.
Roadside Attractions' Branded sci-fi flick which doesn't look half-bad, opens in 306 theaters, with a cast including Ingeoborga Dapkunaite, Mariya Ignatova, Andrey Kaykov, John Laskowski, Leelee Sobieski, Ed Stoppard, Jeffrey Tambor and Max von Sydow. Pic's helmed as well as written by duo Jamie Bradshaw and Alexandr Dulerayn.
Bachelorette comedy from Weinstein Co's Radius TWC finds a mere 47 theaters to snag Bridesmaids fans, with Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids actually in the mix here as well. Also starring are Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Adam Scott and James Marsden.
Indiana Jones returns to try milk the IMAX big screens in the Raiders of the Lost Ark re-issue. There are 267 large format playings around, so if you're up for some young Harrison Ford against Ark-seeking Nazis, then this might be a fun ride.
Tribeca Film sends out the drama For Ellen with talented Paul Dano leading a cast consisting of Jon Heder, Shaylena Mandigo, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Dakota Johnson and Alex Mauriello. Kim So Yong , who produced the upcoming Juno Temple and Dane DeHaan horror drama Jack and Diane, helms from his own script. Film only finds one New York theater.
Wrekin Hill's R-Rated comedy The Inbetweeners Movie finds 10 theaters, based on the UK TV series of the same title. Ben Palmer directs from the script by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. This could be fun if you're up to following four socially troubled teens from the south of England on their trip to Malia.
I'm intrigued by the slick looking Toys in the Attic from Hannover House in 25 theaters this weekend. The animated film made in 2009, finally gets US exposure, with a voice cast including Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes. Here, a teddy bear, a mechanical mouse, and a marionette band together in order to save the kidnapped Buttercop doll from join forces to save their kidnapped friend, Buttercup the doll, from the occupants of the Land of Evil.
These and more releases can be found in our Coming Soon section, so check that out as well. Have a great time at the movies...or just hire a DVD, pick up some wings and relax. You won't miss too much.