While Superhero season doesn’t kick in until next week, there are still people muscular enough to warrant wearing a cape in theaters this week.
Wrestling superhero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson headlines the movies debuting this week with “Pain & Gain”. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg, the two star as bodybuilders who get entangled in extortion, kidnapping, and probably way too much HGH. It’s directed by Michael Bay (“Transformers”), so I’m sure pecs won’t be the only thing exploding.
It’s not the cleanest movie title, but “MUD” opens this week with a star most women wouldn’t mind getting dirty with. Matthew McConaughey stars as Ellis, who along with his friend Neckbone (Tye Sheridan) team up to help a criminal escape bounty hunters and reunite with his lady love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon).
The most intriguing debut this week may be “The Big Wedding”. Slammed by RottenTomatoes, the rom-com has enough star power for an awards show or a pre-summer trainwreck. It’s about a divorced couple that pretends to be the married couple for their adult kids. It stars Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. I mean, how bad can it be?
Also opening this week:
Arthur Newman – A man fakes his death and starts over with a woman with a forgettable past. It stars Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, and Anne Heche.
The Numbers Station – John Cusack stars as a CIA black ops agent on the road to redemption. Also stars Malin Akerman.
Kon Tiki – In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft. Not just because it was there, either. Stars Pal Sverre Hagen