Weekend Movie Preview: August 15, 2014

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The weekend preview for this third-to-last weekend of the summer movie season finally sees the superstar action hero cast flick -- The Expendables 3 -- landing in theaters. 

Also on the docket is the legendary YA book that took 20 years to come to screens, The Giver, and Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. decide to Let's Be Cops

Let's break it down...

The Expendables 3: Sly Stallone adds a whole lot of action hero muscle for his third The Expendables film with the casting of Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. This film is a little less fun than the previous two. But, as our The Expendables 3 review points out, this is also a very different story. 

This is more of a revenge tale and it largely works. Most of the credit for that fact has to go to Gibson, who is just electric as the villain. And Kelsey Grammer and Stallone have some fabulous scenes together as they scout new blood, such as Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz and Kellan Lutz. 

Let's Be Cops: Wayans and Johnson make a comic dream team in a film that could have been a one note comedy. In fact, it is something that has much more going for it. When our leads reach 30 and find that they're doing much less with their life than they thought they would, dressing up as cops proves to be a nice escape. 

But, Let's Be Cops also manages to be a soul-searching movie about living one's dreams and getting lost along the way. For more, check out our Let's Be Cops review.

The Giver: The classic YA book finally comes to the big screen after a 20-year effort by star and producer Jeff Bridges. Bridges isn't the only Oscar winner in the cast as he's joined by Meryl Streep as the leader of this dystopian society where emotion and color have no place.

As we report in our The Giver review, the film is more miss than hit. We wish it had more weight and power as a story like this should. And although it came out first (the book, that is), it will unfortunately be compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent -- and in that battle, it comes up way short. 

Feel like staying in this weekend?

Several titles have just landed on digital download. Watch Bears online and the Disneynature doc will provide serious joy for the entire family. And don't miss the action-packed car racing movie that features stunts like you've never seen before when you watch Need for Speed online

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