As the second weekend in July arrives, a most unique of contrasts is found in the battle for top of the box office: Pacific Rim and Grown Ups 2. We suspect that Despicable Me 2 will continue to do quite well, but the monsters versus robots epic or the Sandler sequel is likely to rule the roost.
Pacific Rim: Guillermo del Toro can finally release his passion project that was borne from his love of Kaiju movies, and so much more from cinema's past. Del Toro's latest is bombastic, but brilliant in its way to make the hugest story you will ever see on screen feel small and intimate. Yes, it is massive in scope and sometimes is almost overwhelming, but as our Pacific Rim review stated, it is the perfect summer movie.
Charlie Hunnam and his Jaeger pilots battle the alien monsters from below our seas and manage to simultaneously rivet us with the spectacle of action, but also care about every soul who is fighting inside those giant machines.
Grown Ups 2: Sandler brings back his buddies, such as Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, for a sequel to his smash hit Grown Ups. We reported in our Grown Ups 2 review that the film is better than the first... but what is that saying really? The film's comedy is fine for families and we suspect the movie will do even better box office than the first go-around of the grown men who won't grow up.