New in Theaters: 'Taken 2', 'Frankenweenie', 'Pitch Perfect'
The bad guys in Taken 2 didn't get the memo. One doesn't cross Liam Neeson's ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills and expects to live. But then again, who was left alive from the first movie to send it in the first place? Oh right, all those body bags ought give them a clue.
Like I've said, they didn't get the memo. Instead of crossing the street to the other side when seeing Mills coming their way, they want to take him head on, with revenge on their minds. Bad idea. Even with Mills chained up to a pipe, the bad guys didn't stand a chance.
The reviews for the first movie was fairly positive, with a Tomatometer of 58%, but the sequel is faring worse with the critics. How worse? The movie has a Tomatometer of only 18%, which is a huge drop off from the first Taken.
Critics say the problem with the sequel is that the formula is largely unchanged from the first movie. Without the surprise of the original, the silliness of the plot is exposed and the action pieces are less exciting.
Despite the poor reviews, Taken 2 is expected to dominate the box office this weekend. It is projected to make between $36-$49 million for a first place finish.
Tim Burton is back with another stop-motion animation in Frankenweenie. The movie centers on a young boy named Victor Frankenstein who is heartbroken over his deceased dog.
After hearing about electricity's effect on muscles in school, he decides to zap his dog's corpse with strong dose of it. Once word got out about this technique, you can imagine what the other boys will do with it with this knowledge.
Frankenweenie is well-received by the critics and has a Tomatometer of 85%. Critics say the movie is filled with nice touches, with a story that appeals to both adults and children alike. The movie is projected to make somewhere in the range of $14-$20 million this weekend.
A cross between Glee and Bring It On, Pitch Perfect is expanding into more theaters this weekend. The movie stars Anna Kendrick as a college freshman who really wants to be a DJ, but allows herself to be recruited into an all-girls singing group because she has the talent.
With her on board, this all-girls group, called The Bellas, will try to get back to their former glory.
Pitch Perfect may not be perfect, but with a Tomatometer of 75%, the majority of the critics seem to like it well enough. They say while the story is formulaic, the characters are likable and the musical numbers are toe-tapping. It is projected to make $13-$17 million this weekend.