This is a weekend where there are three movies opening in theaters. One of them is a kind of superhero action movie. The other is a found footage movie about tornadoes. The third is a simple movie about food produced by two of the most famous people in the world. Unfortunately, the critics in the world have pretty much hated all three of these movies. As such, this might be a weekend to catch up on some of the other films of the summer that you might have missed.
These are the films opening August 8, 2014:
Into the Storm - Arlen Escarpeta, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sumpter. A found footage film. This time the setting is a small town and this time it's a series of unprecedented tornadoes that descend upon it. The citizens of the town are forced to run for their lives as one tornado after another hits the town and each one gets bigger and bigger and bigger. We follow townspeople, meteorologists and storm chasers. Critics, however, say that the special effects are impressive, but that the plot, characters and writing are abysmal. Rated PG-13.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek. The superhero mutant ninja turtles are back in a movie that has been controversial from the moment it was announced that Michael Bay would be producing the film. The turtles have been re-imagined for a new generation here with a slightly tweaked origin story as they must face off, yet again, with the villainous Shredder. Critics are harsh, saying that this movie might have actually benefited from Bay directing since the current movie is so boring that even little kids who love the turtles might find it frustrating. Rated PG-13.
The Hundred-Foot Journey - Helen Mirren, Omi Puri, Manish Dayal. A film produced by Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey about the way food unites people. A family displaced from their native India settle in a quiet village in France. They love their new home until the run afoul of a Michelin-starred restaurant proprietress who does not like their ways, their food or the fact that they are here. As the family struggles to get their Indian food restaurant off the ground, they end up in a battle of wills with the proprietress. Can food bring these two different people together? Perhaps, but critics are saying that you should give this one a pass and see something else. Rated PG.