This Week in Movies

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.


Release date: August 13
Director: Luke Greenfield
Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev

When two slacker friends (Johnson and Wayans) dress up as cops for a costume party, they are unexpectedly mistaken for real police officers. Instantly addicted to the attention, these idiots continue the charade by using their faux authority (and a car they bought on eBay) for purely selfish purposes. But when they find themselves caught up in a real-life case involving mobsters and crooked cops, they are forced to save the day.



Release date: August 15
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas

This apparently necessary third installment of the Expendables franchise finds Barney Ross (Stallone) and his band of trigger-happy geriatrics battling ruthless arms dealer (and Expendables co-founder) Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson). To defeat his former friend, Ross recruits a new batch of warriors, played by UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, boxer Victor Ortiz and actor guy Glen Powell. The film does not star Bruce Willis, who Stallone famously called “lazy” and “greedy” late last year.



Release date: August 15
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep

If you’re like me – or any of the millions of underachieving grade-schoolers with access to CliffsNotes – you remember The Giver as “the book with the old bearded dude on the cover.” Based on that 1993 Lois Lowry novel, this movie is set in a dystopian society free of violence, bad manners, sexual thoughts and the like. Relative newcomer Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonas, a 16-year-old boy selected to receive the truth about his perfect community’s past.

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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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  1. UPDATE: I have seen “The Giver.” I literally finished reading the book two days before seeing the movie, so the premise and many details were fresh in my mind. If you are a dedicated fan of the book expecting a faithful adaptation, you won’t find it in this movie. Rather than being 12, the lead characters are now 18. Jonas’ loneliness and the importance of the job he’s been burdened with does not carry the same weight in the movie. The film doesn’t delve as deeply into the strange, structured world the characters live in, whereas the book skillfully layered the rules and eccentricities of the community. The movie also enhances characters that have little to no impact in the book, and creates an unnecessary love story. This is a movie for the “Twilight” crowd. If you’re a Taylor Swift fan — she’s in the film for about a minute.

  2. P.S. Don’t see “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It was absolutely atrocious, and even worse than I imagined it would be. If your kids want to see it, pay a babysitter to take them.

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