With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.
Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.
The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.
The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.
"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.
Any discussion of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" necessarily begins with how the film was made, because that alone is practically a miracle.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most purely entertaining movie of the summer. It isn't even a contest.
You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.
"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this week, continuing one of the most surprisingly enduring franchises in movie history.
What if I told you a movie was about four bikers who destroy a pawnshop, cause significant damage to a bar and are chased out of it by angry drinkers? Then I told you the same four bikers break into a private residence and a barn, steal two cars, crash a high school party where everyone is drinking and having sex and commit other serious crimes.
Netflix's most successful original series returned a few weeks ago for Season 2 with its dazzling array of rich characters and sardonic, femme-skewing wit.
The documentary "Ivory Tower" examines the state of higher education in the United States. And while its entry into limited release this weekend has thus far been quiet, it could end up making a lot of noise.
The most important thing to know about "The Rover" is it's an earnest, fearless attempt to explore the human soul and motion pictures as an art form.
In many ways, "22 Jump Street" is a typical comedy of the mid-teens.