Friday, August 15, 2014



Movies opening this week in theaters:

  • THE EXPENDABLES 3 (Lionsgate / PG-13 / Wide)
  • THE GIVER (The Weinstein Company / PG-13 / Wide)
  • LET'S BE COPS (20th Century Fox / R / Wide)

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


The Expendables 3

Official Synopsis

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production.

Film Details

The Expendables 3 Poster
  • Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Kelsey Grammer, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford.

  • Director: Patrick Hughes

  • Genre: Action, Adventure

  • Running Time: 126 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 35% (40 fresh, 73 rotten, score: 4.9/10).
  • Metacritic: 35 out of 100 (5 positive, 15 mixed, 13 negative).


The Giver

Official Synopsis

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry's beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Film Details

The Giver Poster
  • Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgad, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift

  • Director: Phillip Noyce

  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 94 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 29% (24 fresh, 58 rotten, score: 5.2/10).
  • Metacritic: 46 out of 100 (7 positive, 19 mixed, 5 negative).


Let's Be Cops

Official Synopsis

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Film Details

Let's Be Cops Poster
  • Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy

  • Director: Luke Greenfield

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Running Time: 104 min.

  • Rating: R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 9% (3 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 3.4/10).
  • Metacritic: 27 out of 100 (1 positive, 8 mixed, 12 negative).