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“Labor Day” and “That Awkward Moment” open in theaters this weekend

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It’s a rough weekend for those of you looking for brand new movies. There doesn’t appear to be a film that can challenge the dominance of movies like Ride Along and Lone Survivor. It’s also a weekend where movies that came out in 2013 and have been nominated for Academy Awards will continue to make good money as people try to catch up on their previous year’s viewing. The two movies opening this weekend are a guy comedy and a melodrama about an escaped convict. And neither of them are getting very good reviews or ringing endorsements from critics.

These are the movies opening January 31, 2014:

That Awkward Moment - Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan. A group of guys, three best friends, going through life trying to find love and acceptance and wonder if they are ever going to find love. The titular moment involves that moment in each relationship where you have to wonder where it’s going. It’s supposed to be a relatively pleasant comedy, but the critics have been particularly brutal. Most of them say that the cast is likeable and the acting is OK, but the plot is standard, dull and the jokes you see in the trailers are probably the best in the movie. Not one to spend $12 on at the theaters, but maybe catch on cable some day. Rated R.

Labor Day - Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith. A coming of age tale about a 13-year-old boy being raised by his single mom. His mother (Winslet) is having mental issues, afraid to even go out of the home and her mental health is breaking down. Then, one day, out of nowhere, a man comes into their lives who has escaped from prison. He is a man accused and convicted of murder, but claims that he is innocent. Initially, he takes the family hostage, but then a bond develops between the boy and the man, and then between the mother and the convict. They soon go on the run, away from the law, but trying to find themselves. An intense melodrama that is getting reviews of a positive nature for Brolin and Winslet’s performance, but stating that the melodrama is more in line with a television soap opera than a feature film. Rated PG-13.

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