Even in a summer when Chris Pratt wrangled dinosaurs and Marvel absolutely crushed it with both Avengers 2 and Ant-Man, this weekend’s box office battle has been the one I’ve been waiting for. I love the sweeping super hero epics as much as the next guy, but therein lies the problem; everyone does.

The two movies entering the late summer frey this week won’t break a billion dollars – they’ll be lucky if they even make back their production budget – but ultimately should be remembered as solid movies worth watching.

If superhero and disaster movies are the hot dogs and hamburgers of this summer movie cookout, then our entries this week — The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Straight Outta Compton — are the steak. You’ve hung around all summer standing and snacking on bits and pieces of goodness; time sit down with something good to eat.

 

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

 

What’s It About: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

 

The Big Question:
Will the US buy in to a more subtle and more British version of an Ocean’s 11-ish movie?

 

 

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON


What’s It About: The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

 

The Big Question:
Do people care enough about where hip-hop came from to make this movie a box office hit?

 

 

 

 

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