New in Theaters: 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,' 'The Counselor'

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This weekend, a beloved—albeit raunchy and low-brow—franchise returns to the big screen after three years, and with a famous author teams up with a famous director to mix up the new releases with a film that’s more on the dramatic side of things.

Coming out today is the latest from the Jackass crew, Bad Grandpa. In this installment, Johnny Knoxville brings his elderly character Irving Zisman to the big screen, along with Zisman’s grandson (Jackson Nicoll). Together, they traverse the nation, and all kinds of debauchery ensue.

The film received a barely-fresh rating of 62% on the Tomatometer. The film isn’t quite as funny as it tries to be, but it apparently still has enough cheap gags to make for a fair enough comedy. The Box Office Guru predicts opening-weekend revenues of $26 million for the film.

Also entering theaters today is the film-writing debut of famed novelist Cormac McCarthy, who brought us such bestsellers as The Road and No Country for Old Men: The Counselor. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film features a star-studded cast—including Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt—and tells of the increasingly chaotic events that result from a lawyer dealing in less-than-legal business arrangements.

In an interesting turn of events, this release was not received as well on Rotten Tomatoes. One would expect greatness from a film with a writer and cast of such pedigree, but the script is too wordy and clunky to deliver the power that it wants to convey. The film can expect around $10 million over the weekend.

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