It was a record opening for Suicide Squad this past weekend, as well as the best opening ever for most of the cast including Will Smith, as the DC Comics film took in a whopping $133.7 million. You can probably expect a significant drop this weekend from that. In second place was Jason Bourne with $22.4, a more than 50% drop from last week. Bad Moms holds the third spot with $14 and The Secret Life Of Pets and Star Trek Beyond round out the top five with $11.5 and $10 million each. Nine lives debuted in sixth with just $6.2 and stands at 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Eight movies see release this weekend, including four in wide release:
Pete’s Dragon – Disney continues with their live action redos of all their classic films. Now, Pete’s Dragon was originally a mix of live action and animation but this version sees a dark version of the story from director David Lowery, who also will be helming a new version of Peter Pan as well. I really liked this guy’s last film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and I have much curiosity for this remake, as I loved the original when I was a kid.
Florence Foster Jenkins – Meryl Streep makes her annual appearance in a role that has a fifty-fifty chance of netting her an Oscar nomination, as per usual. She plays a rich New Yorker who has grandiose dreams of being an opera singer. Unfortunately, she has an awful voice. The film also stars Hugh Grant and The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg and is getting pretty favorable reviews.
Sausage Party – Point Grey’s own Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make one of the first R-rated computer animated films, this one about sentient food learning the awful truth of what happens when groceries are brought from the grocery store into the kitchen. Lots of Seth and Evan’s friends lend their voices to this as well as an unconventional one, Edward Norton. This is going to be a fun one.
Anthropoid – British writer and director Sean Ellis brings this World War II story about a time in the war that rarely gets any cinematic attention, pre-American involvement. This film centers on Czechoslovakia and a mission to assassinate the third in Nazi command, Reinhard Heydrich. The film stars Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy and is beautiful with its production design.
The Infiltrator – Bryan Cranston stars in this true story about career undercover agent for U.S. Customs, Robert Mazur, the man who helped take down a large piece of Pablo Escobar’s drug empire. Cranston is fantastic but unfortunately this film can’t help but hit every single gangster film cliche throughout it’s running time. I was a bit disappointed with this one.
Zoom – Allison Pill and Gael Garcia Bernal star in this multi-storied tale where each story feeds into the next in an interesting way. To stitch it together, it is about a comic book artist drawing a story about a novelist who is writing about a filmmaker. Also starring Canadians Jason Priestley and Maple Ridge’s own Tyler Labine, this is actually a Brazilian and Canadian co-production.
Joshy – Led by Nelson, B.C.’s Thomas Middleditch, this film is about a group of friends who gather together to celebrate their best friend’s bachelor party, even though the wedding itself has already been called off. A great cast of hilarious people surround Middleditch in this one, including Adam Pally, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate. This one looks like a light indie comedy.
Weiner – Do you remember Anthony Weiner, a politician punchline from 2011 who found himself doomed by his own name in his scandal in a bit of irony that can not be written. This documentary is about his fascinating return to politics as he runs for mayor of New York, starting in 2013. I only knew a little about the whole original fiasco and found myself very interested in the very outspoken congressman with ideas and a fight that really could have done some good. A must see political documentary.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Get Your Squad Goals, Then Get Scared Sh*tless”
9:00 PM Suicide Squad
11:20 PM Lights Out
1:00 AM The Conjuring 2
At The Rio Theatre: I’m so excited for what’s playing at The Rio Theatre for its midnight screening that I have to type it in all caps: GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE! Yes, see the whole crew again on the big screen, Mikey, Brand, Mouth, Andy, Stef, Data, Chunk and, of course, Sloth. I could watch them escape from Mama Fratelli and her sons over and over again. HEY, YOU GUYS! Go see The Goonies!
Blu-Ray: one of my favorites this year, Demolition, the Tom Hanks misfire, A Hologram For The King, the melodramatic Russell Crowe dud, Fathers & Daughters (only on DVD) and the well-reviewed fashion documentary, The First Monday In May (only on DVD).