Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Opening This Weekend - September 4

It's a lighter week this weekend before heading into a much busier fall season. Here's the films hitting theaters this weekend:


The Transporter Refueled

The Transporter series has become a pretty big franchise. It started as an action thriller with Hong Kong style fight scenes and over the top vehicle chase sequences. The popularity of the first one lead to 2 sequels, and now years later a TV show and a rebooted film trilogy with a new actor in the lead role. Ed Skrein takes the reins from Jason Staham and marks yet another "Game of Thrones" star making it big in feature films. The first three films declined in critical reviews, yet rose in box office numbers. This new trilogy is a cooperation between EuropaCorp and Luc Besson the man behind the original trilogy. These forces combined to create a similar trilogy of action flicks in the "Taken" series. This new Transporter involves cars, fighting, and revenge due to someone being taken. It is perhaps the next logical move for these filmmakers.
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A Walk In The Woods

This one is based on the memoir of the same name by Bill Bryson featuring Robert Redford as the Bryson character. After returning to America from a two decade stay in Britain, Bryson finds himself on a quest to reconnect with nature while journeying the Appalachian trail. It's one last adventure before he's too old take on such a trek. His wife, however, refuses to allow him to go alone. The only person available and willing to take on the trip is his old friend Stephen Kats (Nick Nolte). This buddy comedy seems like it's going to deliver exactly what you'd expect of it. That may or may not work for you.
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Before We Go

Captain America himself Chris Evans' directorial debut is gaining additional life with a theatrical release after a successful VOD run earlier this year. I've already written about this one, you can check it out here.