Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice may be still at the top of the box office but it is hardly a celebration as the film took an 81% drop from last weekend, earning $51.3 million. Zootopia holds strong in second place taking another $19.3 and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 behind that in third with $11.2. A faith based movie I had no idea was opening, God’s Not Dead 2 debuted in fourth with $7.6 and another faith based film, Miracles From Heaven, was just behind that in fifth with $7.3.
Three wide releases hit theatres this weekend as well as four limited ones, some gems mixed in there that people seriously need to check out:
The Boss – Melissa McCarthy returns with her husband Ben Falcone after the two made Tammy together. This time McCarthy plays a disgraced former CEO of a company who gets busted for insider trading and, after serving jail time, is force to live with her former employee (Kristen Bell). She then sees the money making machine of Girl Scout cookies and decides to form her own troupe. Looks like another slap sticky Melissa McCarthy film, not much to it.
Hardcore Henry – The first person shooter goes theatrical as this film is a rollercoaster thrill ride of blood, brains, bullets and explosions in one of the most fun movies you are ever going to see. The sheer inventiveness of this movie makes it one of my favorites this year. I may actually see it again myself.
Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater returns with one of his most anticipated films, a “spiritual sequel” to his first major hit, Dazed and Confused. Again taking place in Texas, the film revolves around a university baseball team in the 80s. The film also stars former Vancouver resident Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt. This looks so phenomenal.
Demolition – Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dallas Buyers Club director Jean Marc Vallee’s new film, and already one of my favorites this year. The story follows a stock trader who’s wife is killed in a car crash. Shortly after her death, he begins to realize how much he that the two hardly knew each other and that he feels completely numb to the fact that she is gone. A beautifully shot and stylish film, this is a great one.
I Saw The Light – Hank Williams Sr. gets the Walk The Line bio pic treatment with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and really singing all the songs. It’s unfortunate that he is the only thing of note in this film as everything else is painfully dull with everyone else phoning in performances in a hack job of a film. This was my very disappointing end to VIFF last year.
The Clan – a foreign film from Argentina, this is the true story of a family who kidnapped and murdered people in the hopes for making ransom money throughout the 1980s. The film has a lot of awards push behind it and earned an honorable mention at TIFF and Best Director at Venice.
Across The Line – Canadian rap video director Director X makes his feature debut with this film about a young black man trying to break into the NHL. Working against him is the racially divided community where he lives in Nova Scotia. The film stars Stephan James, who played Jesse Owens earlier this year in Race.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “The Full Family Special”
8:00 PM Zootopia
10:00 PM Miracles From Heaven
12:00 PM The 5th Wave
At The Rio Theatre: There’s a pretty interesting grouping of screenings on Friday night at the lovely Rio, starting at 6:20 pm with the Ethan Hawke led Chet Baker bio-pic Born To Be Blue. Following that is the 30th anniversary screening of the incredible David Lynch film Blue Velvet at 8:45 pm and the evening ends with the delightfully crazy Henson Company film The Dark Crystal at 11:30 pm. Those last two films may leave you like you’ve been on an acid trip. Good times!
Blu-Ray: it’s a HUGE week this week as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now here, Jeremy Sisto stars in the tennis comedy Break Point (only on DVD), the internet’s new best friend Oscar Isaac pulls double duty this week in Mojave and Jason Sudeikis does another dramatic type role alongside Rebecca Hall in Tumbledown.