Weekend Box Office: 12/6-12/8 Edition


This week is rather light compared to the last few weeks, which favors the reigning box office champ, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” There is one movie being released that might have a fighters chance weekend, the Christian Bale driven crime drama, “Out of the Furnace.” Bale plays Russell Baze, a guy whose brother Rodney mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, so Russell takes matters into his own hands to find justice. The other options for the week are all limited releases, for more info on those movies see below.

Opening This Week – December 6

Out of the Furnace (2013) Poster

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Certificate R 116 min   –   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 70/100 (14 reviews)
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

Scott Cooper

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THE BUZZ: It’s a good time to be Scott Cooper. The Crazy Heart (2009) filmmaker seems to have a career in front of him that’ll enable him to write and direct his own projects at his own speed, and attract top-tier actors whose choices always range from blockbusters to artier fare. Such a seemingly dark thriller as Furnace will always attract media/online attention, though we’re curious to see how this one translates in terms of box-office performance.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Poster

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 105 min   –   Drama | Music

Metascore: 94/100 (17 reviews)
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Ethan Coen | Joel Coen

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THE BUZZ: Seems like the Coen Bros. might have another mellow, acoustic cultural phenomenon on their hands with their portrait of Greenwich Village circa 1961. We’re anticipating multiple Oscar nominations (and a win for its Screenplay?) and a career boost for the talented Oscar Issac that will surpass the one Michael Stuhlbarg received after A Serious Man (2009).

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The Last Days on Mars (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 98 min   –   Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Metascore: 44/100 (8 reviews)
A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

Ruairi Robinson

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THE BUZZ: The indie sci-fi genre is having a banner year thanks to Europa Report (2013) and this offering from Ruairi Robinson, a former storyboard artist/title sequence designer who we think will be attached to a big studio project in the near future. Fans have pointed out its smart science, impressive smaller-budget special effects, and overall lean direction as reasons the film is worthy of your attention.

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Swerve (2011) – [Limited]

Certificate R 86 min   –   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 55/100 (6 reviews)
Colin happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme.

Craig Lahiff

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THE BUZZ: This somewhat dusty Australian thriller has earned a limited theatrical release in conjunction with its VOD push now that Jason Clarke has an elevated Stateside profile thanks to his appearances in Zero Dark ThirtyThe Great Gatsby, and a couple other high-profile projects.

Info courtesy of IMDB.com



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