New in Theaters: 'The Watch', 'Step Up: Revolution'

Posted 5:15 PM July 27th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

The Watch was originally called Neighborhood Watch before the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida earlier this year. Trying to distance the movie from that incident, Fox renamed their comedy to The Watch, which is coming to theaters this weekend.

Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade, The Watch finds four suburban guys forming a neighborhood watch group because a security guard was found murdered at the local Costco store.

They'll soon discover the gristly death was caused by hostile extra-terrestrials bent on world domination. If you don't find this premise funny, you're not alone.

This uneasy mix of sci-fi and comedy garnered only a 14% approval rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. Critics are quite disappointed by the movie's barely serviceable story and are further let down by jokes that rarely rise above the infantile.

But Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn do have their fans; The Watch is projected to make somewhere in the range of $21-$28 million this weekend.

Step Up: Revolution is the fourth movie in the Step Up franchise, but other than the common theme of over-choreographed dancing tying this one to the previous movies, they are not related story-wise at all.

In Revolution, a wealthy developer is trying to tear down an old neighborhood and to replace it with hotels. Of course, this didn't sit well with a group of performance artists who called that neighborhood their home. They fight back by, wait for it, dancing!

As with the previous Step Ups, one doesn't go in expecting award-worthy acting and a sensible story. The good looking cast and the professionally choreographed dance numbers are the main attractions here. In that regard, Step Up: Revolution doesn't disappoint.

The movie has a Tomatometer of 33% at Rotten Tomatoes and is projected to finish the weekend with a box office in the range of $13-$14 million.

The Dark Knight Rises made $160.9 million in its weekend debut and is expected to dominate the box office again this week with a take of somewhere in the $66-$80 million range.

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