Another late summer weekend and another ho-hum, avoid-the-theaters, weekend for movie fans it seems. There are three big new movies opening this weekend with a fair amount of hype behind them. However, the critics are being savage for all three of them. This may be another weekend to rest at home, binge-watch a season or two of something on Netflix, or actually talk to your family.
Here are the movies opening in theaters August 15, 2014;
Let's Be Cops - Andy Garcia, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy. Two guys discover that when the dress like cops to go to a costume party, they get tons of respect and girls find them irresistible. So, the two boneheads decide to pretend to be cops all the time. As they proceed to try and pretend to be cops, of course they end up caught in a real life mystery and hilarity is supposed to ensue. Critics are saying that this movie should be avoided like Ebola. Rated R.
The Expendables 3 - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford. Pretty much every single male actor who has starred in, guest starred in or been anywhere near an action movie is in this one. If you liked the first two, you already know what the plot is. Stallone and his team of rag-tag mercenaries end up in another adventure and proceed to blow up most of the civilized world. Critics are saying this is a series that is tired and that this movie does exactly the same thing that they did in the first two. For fans of this series, that may work out just fine. Rated PG-13.
The Giver - Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites. Based on a popular YA novel, this one is set in the future in a world where everything is perfect. It is perfect because the government issues medication to people that prevent them from truly feeling anything. When a young man meets an older man who tells him the truth about the world, he sets about trying to change it. Critics are saying that the book may be magical, but the movie is far from it. Rated PG-13.