New in Theaters – 1/22/15

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The 5th Wave

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

Scott’s Take

Yawn. This is Independence Day for the teenie boppers. Wait, wasn’t Independence Day Independence Day for teens. Anyway, this one looks like a clunker. About 40 seconds into the trailer I rolled my eyes and The 5th Waves 31% current rating on Rotten Tomatoes validates said eye roll.

Steve’s Take

This is a 100% pass for me and should be for you too. I better not see this one in any of the top 4 positions of the top 5 when I sit down to do the Box Office top 5 on Sunday night!

Dirty Grandpa

Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.

Scott’s Take

Bad Grandpa? Dirty Grandpa? Like the Paranormal Activity movies, I am getting a little weary of watching the same movie over and over. Dirty Grandpa has one thing going for it and it’s Robert DeNiro. So for that, I will check this one out. It’s interesting that this one wasn’t screened for the press. NEVER a good sign.

Steve’s Take

Not to beat a dead horse, but the only real reason to check this one out is because De Niro is in it. That is all. Redbox, perhaps?

The Boy

The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Scott’s Take

You all know I love me some cheap B horror and that is exactly what The Boy looks like. As long as this one can provide a few decent scares, I will be more than satisfied. We have been looking for a Chucky replacement for years. Could it be The Boy? I will let you know after this weekend.

Steve’s Take

I’ve been hearing people talk about this one for months. The January horror flight that everyone wanted to see. Let’s see how this bad boy does this weekend.

Next Week

Believe it or not, the film that intrigues me the most this week is The Boy. I guess I am a sucker for cheap horror films.  Next week we only have one big wide release and it’s for the yonglings as Kung Fu Panda 3 is set to hit theaters.  Have a great weekend everyone.