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Weekend Preview for October 14

Your weekend time is valuable and at the end of a long week, the discretionary time must be spent to its maximum value. In order to help narrow choices down on the film, television, and gaming fronts, every Friday the Weekend Preview gives you the rundown of your options and an educated guess as to which ones make the most sense.

Nick Nunziata and I predicted the box office returns for these films last Sunday.

At the Movies

The Accountant

Director: Gavin O’Connor
Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
Current RT Meter: 43% Fresh
My box office prediction last Sunday:
$36,000,000
Nick’s box office prediction: $25,000,000

This looks to be a solid action thriller from Hollywood’s hardest working chin, Ben Affleck. Nick found it to be a weird blast and hopefully audiences will as well. This looks like a comic book movie that isn’t tied down by an existing property or colorful costumes. It might be a little wacky for some but we need more wacky in our movie diet.

The Verdict: Can you deny that chin? The correct answer is, “No.”

Kevin Hart: What Now?

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story
Stars: Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry
Current RT Meter: 83% Fresh
My box office prediction last Sunday:
$12,000,000
Nick’s box office prediction: $18,000,000

Kevin Hart is one of the most popular comedians working today. Even if you don’t subscribe to his schtick, you can’t deny his popularity and pull. This special looks like a real treat for fans of his, and there are plenty of those to satisfy.

The Verdict: By now, you know if Hart’s humor is for you. If it is, this is unmissable.

Max Steel

Director: Stewart Hendler
Stars: Ben Winchell, Josh Brener, Maria Bello
Current RT Meter: N/A
My box office prediction last Sunday:
$4,000,000
Nick’s box office prediction: $4,000,001

Max Steel might have something special to offer but it hasn’t done a good job selling itself. Fans of the property will probably find lots to like here, but there’s something incredibly insular about this movie. It wants to be bigger than it really is. Maybe it will work as a small bit of fan-service, but that might be all it can accomplish.

The Verdict: Probably not a bad flick to take your kids to if they love action and superheroes.

On the Tube

Wolf Creek

The twistedly funny Wolf Creek has made its way to television. We’ve met the characters of the show and fans of the film should definitely give this a peek. It’s channeling a lot of the same aura and if it can match the original, this could be something special for horror lovers.

The Verdict: Probably not for grandma, but if you liked the movie you should check this out.

Mascots

Christopher Guest is a treasure. His absurd views on the world are always welcome and Mascots looks like another delicious dose of funny from the man who helped bring us Spinal Tap. No way Mascots doesn’t brighten your weekend a bit.

The Verdict: Comedy fans cannot miss this.

For the Gamers

Gears of War 4

The Gears of War franchise has had a surprising longevity, and it looks like this newest entry will solidify its presence for even longer. Reviews have been solid and fans seem to be responding to the new twists and turns this entry provides. It may be an incredibly derivative series but it delivers where it counts.

The Verdict: Like you don’t already know if you wanna play this.

Rez Infinite

Rez is one of the most brilliant concepts for a game ever. This PS4 upgrade looks astounding and the VR version has been getting immense praise. Some have even called it the first VR masterpiece. Lofty acclaim but it might be worth it.

The Verdict: If you want something unique and gorgeous, this is a must have.

See you next weekend!


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