Labor Day Weekend Movie Guide: August 29, 2013

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The Butler has spent two weeks atop the box office and will likely spend another this weekend. This weekend sees one low-budget movie with a decent cast opening and another movie about a tailor-made boy band. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn about a movie that you should probably rent from your local Redbox this weekend.


Starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, this is an action-thriller with a Shelby Super Snake Mustang. Hawke plays a former race car driver who has to save his wife when she is kidnapped. Expect lots of sweet car-racing scenes in this movie made for a mere $18 million. Car enthusiasts will likely cringe a lot when seeing the beating this car takes just in the trailer.

One Direction: This Is Us

These five guys auditioned separately for The X-Factor in 2010 in England. They were paired together by Simon Cowell to form this band and eventually finished third on the show. They won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Song Ever” recently. I can only assume they stole the award while Miley was being Miley. That song was clearly not the “song of the summer” Don’t expect this one to be on par with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, but if you have pre-teen to teenage daughters, you may end up seeing this over the weekend.

Catch It While You Can


It features some dead people, some not dead people and some half dead people. It’s quite the ridiculous plot. Read the Wikipedia page to understand just how strange this movie sounds. Filmed for $130 million, this one was a dud at the domestic box office. In six weeks, it’s grossed a paltry $32 million. It has, however, earned nearly $29 million already at the domestic box office. Down to 179 screens nation-wide at last count, the film ends its St. Louis run tonight with showings at Keller Plaza Cine 8 in South County.  You can still catch it over the weekend in Fairview Heights, Illinois if you really need to see it before it hits the Redbox. Did I mention it stars Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon?

Make It A Movie Night At Home

There are enough movies out this week at your local Redbox with mediocore reviews to easily take you through the weekend.

Pain & Gain: It stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Jackson as jacked-up bodybuilders who decide to kidnap a millionaire. I watched it the other night and was glad I only spent 75 cents on it with a coupon code. That is until I left it sitting on my coffee table for two days. I don’t think it is worth the $3.15 I have now spent on it.

Killing Season: I would think it would be impossible to screw up a movie with John Travolta and Robert De Niro. Apparently, you can. Killing Season spent one weekend at the box office, earning under $30,000. Not sure what the budget was on this one, but I would assume that the domestic box office take only covered the cost of the pastries on the set. It got some horrible reviews, but it is probably worth at least $1,20, just remember to take it back the next day.

At Any PriceThis one is another mind-boggler. It’s a father/son flick starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron as farmers. It was shot for a reported $5 million by a decently-received director. For some reason it never played on more than 81 screens at a time across the country and grossed under $400,000 at the box office. It actually looks really good. I’ll be seeing this one this weekend.

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