New in Theaters: 'The Other Woman,' 'Brick Mansions,' 'The Quiet Ones'

The Other Woman

This weekend is looking pretty grim in terms of new releases—while last weekend had the small consolation of an entertaining nature documentary to brighten up an otherwise mediocre batch of films, this week has nothing fresh to offer. So, let’s not waste any time, and see what the damage is.

Our first new release is a star-studded female-empowerment-themed film by the name of The Other Woman. The film stars Cameron Diaz, who finds out her boyfriend is already married, and finds a friend in his wife (Leslie Mann). The plot thickens (sort of) when a second affair is discovered Kate Upton), and all three women plot their revenge on the adulterous husband/boyfriend.

The film wasn’t received very well by critics, earning only 24% on the ever-cruel Tomatometer. The film makes the occasional brave attempt at thoughtful commentary on feminism, but any depth the film may have had is lost in a trite script and unforgiveable attempts at humor. The Box Office Guru predicts a weekend gross of around $14 million.

Also coming out is Brick Mansions, featuring a posthumous performance by Paul Walker. The film, a remake of District B13, takes place in a dystopian version of Detroit, where the most dangerous criminals are housed in a brick mansion-filled section of the city that’s been walled off. Walker’s undercover cop has to team up with ex-convict Lino (David Belle) to take down a crime lord (RZA) that’s kidnapped Lino’s girlfriend.

Despite the added press from Paul Walker’s role, the film did not fare much better than its counterpart with the critics, received a 29% from Rotten Tomatoes. Not only is it the too-typical action film without any plot or character considerations, but the choppy editing gives the feeling that the filmmakers didn’t take the movie seriously. Accordingly, it can only expect around $11 million.

Finally, we have the darkest new release for this weekend, The Quiet Ones. This horror flick takes place in a university near London, where a Psychology professor (Jared Harris) tasks his students with creating a poltergeist. A quiet girl with a dark past (Olivia Cooke) is targeted, and the students unwittingly unleash something far darker than they could have imagined.

As promising as this could’ve been, the folks at Rotten Tomatoes found the execution lacking, giving it only 36%. Many of the scares rely on potentially dangerous rises in volume to get a reaction, which makes the stereotypical scares even less terrifying. It can only expect $6 million over the weekend.

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