Guarding the Movie Galaxy

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” have it all figured out this weekend at our galactic movie theaters; fly through cosmic space guarding its residents, in their own oddball way, of course, while ultimately landing at that much-talked about top box-office spot. Do the Marvel misfits have what it takes to outshine the super-powered “Lucy?” What about that legendary “Hercules,” who has his own super-duper strengths? Will the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” continue to decline in the face of an emotionally-damaged demigod and slew of smart and semi-heroes? Will our always-super “Planes: Fire & Rescue” friends get lost in those competitive, cinematic skies and require their own rescue? Perhaps our characters will be left feeling “The Purge: Anarchy” as a result of so many big-screen battles. Oh, the horror of having so many films and so little weekend!
Ready to “Get On Up” at your local movie theater?
A battle of epic entertainment proportions is on! Action, adventure, animation or ape-nation; what type of tale will receive the biggest audience this weekend?

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Guarding Summer’s Stories

Needing relief from costly vacations and stifling temperatures? Help is on the way, as the heroes line up to save movie lovers from the summertime blues. Our cinematic skies have never been safer, as the new in-town “Guardians of the Galaxy” are on the movie case. The “Planes: Fire & Rescue” kids are more than happy to share air space with the eccentric gang, hoping a bit of their Marvel fame will rub off on them. “Lucy” remains in protective superpower mode while “Hercules” vows vengeance on anyone who hogs the spotlight. The light is slowly starting to dim for the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” crew, who are methodically being forced off the most scenic movie road thanks to the previously-mentioned characters. The freakiest of characters have yet to be absolved from “The Purge: Anarchy,” as they continue to cause their own brand of chaos and creepiness. Of course, those looking for melodies to go with their movie can “Get On Up” to their musically-inclined neighborhood movie theater for a (non-freaky) toe-taping tale.
So many stories, so little summer left! Thanks to our eclectic supply of heroes, heroines, hell raisers and horror seekers, audiences can’t help but wonder “What If” summer (and the blockbuster tales it inspires) could last forever?

A Rollercoaster Movie Ride

Moviegoers were enjoying the cinematic ride this weekend, as the new kids in town kicked the apes, anarchists and animated cuties to the curb (but, fortunately, not out of the box-office race)…
“Lucy” did her warrior best to knock out the competition, ultimately finding her source of power at the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend with $44 million. Not so hot on her high heels, “Hercules” found revenge and rewards waiting at the #2 place with $29 million. After two weeks rising through the movie ranks in sunny Tinseltown, the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” may not be soaring, but they’re still somewhat scoring with moviegoers, despite taking two steps down to the #3 land with $16.3 million.
“The Purge: Anarchy” let horrifying loose at the frightening #4 position with $9.9 million. Those cute and colorful “Planes: Fire & Rescue” guys provided the family entertainment, landing at the #5 grounds with $9.3 million.
A Greek God and a girl with superpowers ruled the high Hollywood court this entertaining weekend, horror continued to hold the attention of the scare-loving set and the apes overshadowed animation as our expanding cast continued to rise and (for some) fall. For movie lovers, a thrilling time was most certainly had by all!
What story created the greatest ups and downs this weekend?

Magic in the Movie Light

It’s an explosive weekend at the movies, as heroic “Hercules” and lovely “Lucy” go head-to-head at the box office, leaving audiences feeling “The Purge: Anarchy” as a result of too many fabulous feature films currently playing. Might those playful, planetary beings comprising the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” continue to soar at that top spot, wreaking havoc on the all-important Hollywood playlist? The “Planes: Fire & Rescue” rogues, colorful crew that they are, always have the right of way in the sky, but can they maintain a scenic spot in the cinematic heavens? Are the “stars” of the “Sex Tape” ready for another uninhibited close-up? With so many stories to choose from, will the uninhibited “Transformers: Age of Extinction” finally face the changing landscape as well as their movie mortality?
“And So It Goes,” our summer in sunny, sometimes stormy story town, where thanks to the “Magic in the Moonlight,” no good story ever truly dies; it merely reinvents itself for endless tales to come…
Which inventive story will provide the most magic this weekend?

Hero Worship

This summer, we’ve witnessed what a bit of hero worship can accomplish, as the “Transformers: Age of Extinction” crew did their power-driven best to transform the Hollywood landscape, as good (i.e. phenomenal ticket sales) battled evil (i.e. empty theater seats). This weekend, we’re invited to once again partake in a conqueror’s tale, as “Hercules” makes his heroic appearance, seeking vengeance and box-office success. Hot on his mythological heels, “Lucy” will be doing her warrior best to level the playing field, rising in time to battle the baddies and greet (and, at least in her own, superpower mind, beat) the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
After barely surviving the less-than-sensational release of the “Sex Tape,” our happy, R-rated couple is ready for just about anything (cinematically speaking). Of course, sensitive movie-going eyes exposed to the aforementioned video may require “The Purge: Anarchy,” where chaos and horrors of a less-personal nature are experienced. On the PG-rated front, the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” team continue to soar above the colorful crowd, promising to save audiences of all ages from a horrifying fate (a.k.a. uninspiring entertainment).
Luckily, there’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” with an enchanting time promised to all who attend.
“And So It Goes,” the Summer of 2014, spent happily in the coolest neighborhood movie theater, where the dawn of a new movie day promises endless entertainment and the ultimate vacation from reality (and the scent of buttered popcorn is guaranteed to prevail over the smell of suntan lotion).
Are you ready for a reality break?

Hollywood’s Horrors and Heavenly Delights

Following their dramatic rise to the top, the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” managed to maintain that top spot at the domestic box office once again with $36 million. Audiences wishing to rid themselves of ape-like issues sent “The Purge: Anarchy” to the chaotic corner of #2 with $28.4 horrifying million. Our PG-rated “Planes: Fire & Rescue” team arrived to save family-friendly seekers from video terrors (see #4), landing innocently at the #3 spot with $18 million. Those clamoring for comedy viewed the unfortunate “Sex Tape” from the personal space of #4 with $15 million. The “Transformers: Age of Extinction” changed the neighborhood of #5 with $10 ageless million.
Timeless entertainment on earthly terrain was occurring this summer weekend, with horror and Hollywood-inspired videos providing their own personal blend of the “ick” factor. The apes and the animated beings made for strange neighbors as the toy-based Transformers were slowly coming to terms with their box-office mortality.
Happily, all of our imaginary friends were enduring their 15 minutes (and then some) of fame quite nicely.
Which of our imaginary tales will endure the longest?

Stepping up at the Movies

Will the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” team do their high-flying part to rescue moviegoers from sunburn and sorry stories while instructing those cinematic smarty pants on “How to Train Your Dragon 2” step aside for some animated aeronautics? Audiences certainly weren’t sorry witnessing the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” as the chimps were spotted profitably soaring at the box office last weekend. Following one bitter disappointment after another, “Tammy” seems to have found some success in the reel world among the most creative characters. How long will her victory last? The always victorious “Transformers: Age of Extinction” are clearly survivors in the battle against evil entities and previous summer sensations. As summer heats up, might their age of extinction be closer than they think? Will the unfortunate release of the Hollywood-inspired “Sex Tape,” as well as the horrors experienced during “The Purge: Anarchy,” send our more modest, PG-seeking viewers on a freaked-out detour from the R-rated movie vicinity?
Then there are the sensational-in-their-own-way boys wandering along “22 Jump Street.” Surely their time on that coveted Hollywood corner will soon be coming to an end.
No matter which rung they cling to on the box-office ladder, each imaginary being can be heard shouting, “Deliver Us From Evil,” which would naturally be that last, lowliest step.
What movie will have you stepping out this weekend?