On the heels of "Guardians of the Galaxy's" explosive opening week, fans may be wondering if any motion picture can - ahem - out shell Marvel's latest creation. There are high expectations for the Jonathan Liebesman directed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," yet we find a slew of naysayers criticizing the production. If you're looking to indulge in a little over priced popcorn and kick back in a theater seat this weekend, here are five new movies playing.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:” Four unlikely superheroes rise from the sewers to save New York City from Shredder and his evil Foot Clan by unraveling their grip on the city’s police and politicians. The turtles Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonard (Johnny Knoxville) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett). The Jonathan Leibesman action/comedy has a PG-13 rating for Sci-Fi action violence.
“The Hundred-Food Journey:” Taking a food fight to a new level, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his family come under fire for wanting to open an Indian restaurant one hundred feet away from a Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) successful French restaurant. Malloy’s fiery protest come as Kadam and his family attempt to settle in the South of France after being displaced from their native home in India. Things quickly take a turn when Kadam falls in love with Malloy’s sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). The two cultures wind together and Mallory takes Kadam under her wing after recognizing his culinary talents. The upcoming drama has a PG rating for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality.
“Into the Storm:” Possibly the best tornado cinematic creation since 1996’s “Twister,” the Steven Quale directed “Into the Storm” follows everyone from storm trackers and local citizens as they documents they document the vicious descent of tornados ripping through the town of Silverton. The action/thriller has a PG-13 rating for sequences of intense destruction and peril, language and some sexual references.
“Step Up All In:” The fifth installment in the franchise takes the dancing team to Las Vegas with hopes of winning a competition that could shape their dreams and careers. Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan lead the cast as Sean and Andie, respectively. “Step Up All In” has a PG-13 rating for some language and suggestive material.
“What If:” Daniel Radcliffe stars in the modern love story as Wallace, a young man fed up with failed relationships. Wallace quickly clicks with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who lives with her longtime boyfriend. As the duo’s relationship deepens, Wallace tries to figure out if his best friend is also the love of his life. The upcoming rom-com has a PG-13 rating for sexual content including references throughout, partial nudity and language.
Current box office powerhouse “Guardians of the Galaxy” debuted last weekend to an impressive $94.3 million setting a record for the highest grossing August opening. Over the past week the Marvel flick generated $126.8 million in domestically and $219.3 worldwide. Scarlett Johansson's new Sci-Fi "Lucy"also looks for another successful weekend along with returnees "Hercules," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," The Purge: Anarchy" and "Sex Tape." While there is much anticipation surrounding “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” we will have to wait and see if the turtles can shell shock their way into the top spot.